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"I was in one place recently where they are very strict about calling people's names before they approach the Torah and another place where the people just came up one-by-one, having arranged beforehand who would read which aliya", said a friend to me recently.

Is there a mandate for calling people up by name, and if so, where is this requirement discussed?

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SA OC 135:11 reads:

There's someone who says that if the gabay called a kohen or levi and he's not there, he should not call another by name, because of the p'gam of the first one. Rather, he should go up [to the Tora] by himself.

The p'gam of the first one means, according to MB :40, "that they'll think that it became known meanwhile [i.e., after he was called] that he's pagum".

It sounds to me from this like the custom was to call people by name. That doesn't answer the question about a mandate, though.

However, I do know as a practical matter that S'faradi synagogues — or at least Syrian (and IIRC Moroccan) ones I've been in — do not call people by name, despite the apparent implication of the SA. (Ashk'nazi synagogues I've been in do, for the most part.)

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Shaalos U'Teshuvos Avnei Neizer Choshen Mishpat Siman 103 mentions that the Minhag by the Ashkenazim is to call up by the persons name and fathers name, since every Jews name and soul is alluded to in the Torah and has a part of the Torah.

However the Sephardim follow the Chida (Shaalos U'Teshuvos Chaim Shaal Chelek 1 Siman 13) that the Gabai goes over and tells the person to go up, the reason is based on Orach Chaim 139 that if a person is called up and refuses to go there is a curse of a shortened life.

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in practice many places just call the third, fourth and son on instead of using peoples name. like you mentioned each one knows already when he is going. also it is common to sell the aliot –  Avraham Jul 6 '11 at 13:35
    
@Avraham, "many places": you mean Ashk'nazi places? –  msh210 Jul 6 '11 at 16:37
    
The Sefardi synagogues in our area do not call up anyone. They work it out ahead of time (or on the spot) who will get which aliyah. The Ashkenazi synagogues do call up people. –  user1095 Jan 29 '12 at 19:53
    
@msh210 The Ashkenazi Great Synagogue in Copenhagen calls by number only. The gabbai hands out small cards to people beforehand, so they know when to go up. However, the smaller Machazike HaDas calls by name, though historically they share minhagim. –  NBZ Jan 6 at 21:02
    
Our current custom (ashkenazi shul) is to call up by name. However, I can remember a time in the past (the 1960's - same shul) when the gabbai would hand out small cards to people beforehand and we would only call out then number of the aliyah. –  Dennis Apr 2 at 18:09
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