I don't think either of them are tied to a certain ethnicity, especially in America, the great melting pot. Now, many students at my school classify black names as made up sounding, ending with the -eesha sound or having an apostrophe in the middle of the name (i.e. Tyrus, Letitia and L'Shawn); and many people refer to these names as African American names, which I don't get.
I know an Ivey (pronounced exactly like Ivy- the spelling is her mom's maiden name) and she is of Hispanic descent. I would never assume it belonged to an Asian girl, because there isn't a 'v' sound in Chinese, Japanese and Korean (though I believe either Hindu or Sanskrit does). But I wouldn't be surprised to meet an Asian-American girl with the name; many children from other cultures have Western names.
While certain names do bring out racial and ethnic assumptions from many (i.e. Keisha, Mei-Xing and Krishnan), in the Western world it is generally common for Western names to not have associations to any race, nationality or ethnicity.
I've never thought of either name as being particularly "black" or "Asian".
Some names are obviously of another culture, but I don't think Cora or Ivy are.
Not at all. But every time I think ivy, I picture a black girl. Maybe just because beyonce used it?
This. To me their just names, no race/color attached.
Originally Posted by boyandgirl
I agree with the others--no ties here.