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Conclusions: Toward An Understanding Of Kin Groups And Family Names In Early Neo-Babylonian Society

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This chapter considers the prevailing sentiments and interests that motivated individual actions and perpetuated the existence of the kin groups. It summarizes the evidence regarding the kin groups that can be distinguished in the genealogies. It then considers the modes by which family names were transmitted. The native terms used for kinship in Babylonia are examined. The chapter also discusses the regional distribution of family names. It introduces modern genetic studies that focus on surname usage among different populations, mutations on the Y-chromosome, and descent in the male line. Theoretical approaches regarding kinship are weighed against the evidence for the apparent increases in use of family names. The chapter concludes with a final attempt to offer insight into the structure of the kin groups that employed family names, describe the significance of these kin groups within Babylonian society.

Keywords: Babylonian society; family names; kin groups; modern genetic studies; surname usage



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