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    To be honest, this thread caused me to actually...

    To be honest, this thread caused me to actually look up the definition of RACISM. Who defines it as:

    "1. the belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary...
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    I appreciate that you concur it is "a good name...

    I appreciate that you concur it is "a good name choice, very rarely used today". One of the reasons I like it because it is so uncommon. Some people, even Berries, have never met a real-life Toby or...
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    Can I just say that I think you are really cool...

    Can I just say that I think you are really cool to notice and mention my signature??

    I agree, btw - sounds like everyone does actually. Tobiah is older-sounding, more Biblically based, which...
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    Haha! A fellow teacher :) I appreciate your 2...

    Haha! A fellow teacher :) I appreciate your 2 cents!
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    Thank you both! jersey_gray, I appreciate you...

    Thank you both! jersey_gray, I appreciate you giving my dad the benefit of the doubt and so excited for you to also add it to your name list! and labelo, thank you for summarizing this whole thread...
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    How funny - my dad always said if he had a pen...

    How funny - my dad always said if he had a pen name it would be Jameson. So I always think of my dad when I hear it. Unfortunately, my husband says, "No, we can't use it.. all I think of is the...
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    Wow. Thank you for that! I had never heard this...

    Wow. Thank you for that! I had never heard this before - :)
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    Interesting! I think I'm with you on that - it...

    Interesting! I think I'm with you on that - it would be cooler on a boy, wouldn't it? Nice :)

    P.S. I'm not expecting.. if you read my original opening to this thread. Just talking about this one...
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    Yes, indeed, my friend :) I love your name!

    Yes, indeed, my friend :) I love your name!
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    Haha, no buzz kill here! I only heard the name...

    Haha, no buzz kill here! I only heard the name and was asking for thoughts! It's not entirely my cup of tea either.
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    It's funny that you mention hockey players!! lol....

    It's funny that you mention hockey players!! lol. We have very dear African-American friends whose son just graduated HS, and although he isn't a very big guy, this makes him quick on the ice and has...
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    Because I am an avid student of name meanings, all I can think of upon hearing this one is "blindness". However, not everyone knows this and I must say that despite Claudina's meaning of lame, she is...
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    I also want to include this article/podcast as it...

    I also want to include this article/podcast as it has interesting information that pertains to this thread/topic.
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  14. Ever heard of the man who named his daughter E...

    Ever heard of the man who named his daughter E and his son Yo? Totally disregarding religious or societal standards, this article/podcast explores much more, which I believe will intrigue you and...
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    I'm sorry that you've taken it that way, but in...

    I'm sorry that you've taken it that way, but in my case, it's not a racial slam. Just as the African-Americans strive to faithfully preserve their family heritage, as do the Asians, Spaniards,...
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    You certainly make a valid point! We know quite a...

    You certainly make a valid point! We know quite a few African-American Isaiah's ourselves.. When we first started discussing Tobias vs Tobiah, my husband immediately dismissed the former. I still...
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    LOL, I had seriously considered Tobiah Franklin...

    LOL, I had seriously considered Tobiah Franklin at one point, and all my husband could say was, "No. Absolutely not!" Ok, so he didn't like it (what else was new?) But for the life of me, I couldn't...
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    Thank you both for these comments! (I appreciate...

    Thank you both for these comments! (I appreciate your thoughtful "balance", emsky; although, I must say, the rugged outdoorsman Tobias made me chuckle a bit.. I think of him somewhere happily in the...
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    Well, since you've asked, I think it's exactly...

    Well, since you've asked, I think it's exactly what our little Tobias would look like and grow up to become!! Lol! (My "real-life" test for any given name I'm considering is if I can picture it on...
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    Funny that you mention "Michael", as it is my...

    Funny that you mention "Michael", as it is my husband's name.. honestly, it's like EVERYONE is named Michael! i can't even call him in a public place without at least 5 other men/boys turning around...
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    Haha! Love the vivid images! Isn't that the...

    Haha! Love the vivid images! Isn't that the truth, tho? names + associations = (creative or boring) life stories! and yes, those stories really could go in any number of directions!

    (P.S. I think...
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    :) Nooshi, I think you must also share the...

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    Nooshi, I think you must also share the same association with nephele - who, by the way, gave a link to a beautiful turn-of-the-century work of art.. Thanks, nephele! I agree :)
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    Yes! I think you are quite right,...

    Yes! I think you are quite right, marshmallow1207! It really sounded odd for the woman I spoke with to say it as a first name.. I felt bad that I had to ask her to repeat because my brain didn't...
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    Haha! These responses were everything I...

    Haha! These responses were everything I expected.. The first syllable "Toe" being off putting; the actual sound of the name being rather harsh..

    But then other comments were surprising: It never...
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    Well, no wonder!!! Goodness! What an exhaustive...

    Well, no wonder!!! Goodness! What an exhaustive list! (I've left all my favorites of those suggested, but starred my very favorites!)
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