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On this day, Guru Gobind Singh introduced new directives for Sikh names.His intention was to reduce the prejudice created by caste-typing based on the family name, which was rampant during 17th century.It has been historical Christian practice to adopt a new name on baptism or confirmation.
While conversion to Christianity may simply involve a personal choice to identify with the Christian faith rather than another religion, it usually entails being baptized and becoming a member of a denomination or church.
It is common for converts to Islam to choose an Islamic name on conversion, although it is not usually compulsory.
One situation in which a change of name may be formally required is one in which the convert's original name is doctrinally contrary to the teachings of Islam.
Sometimes the word 'ha'ger' (the convert) is appended to the name.
This naming pattern is required only of the first generation of converts.
It need not be used in personal, familial, and social life, but it is required on formal occasions and documents.