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    Can I get this off my chest for a sec? LET LE-A...

    Can I get this off my chest for a sec? LET LE-A GO. It is a racist anecdote with dubious roots, it's been circulating the Internet for at least five years, and we need to let it go.

    **deep...
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    But the problem with dismissing names as being...

    But the problem with dismissing names as being "not from a language or culture you're familiar with" is that it's too restrictive and makes no allowances for linguistic borrowing. My name, Melissa,...
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    And when a name becomes a part of a culture? I...

    And when a name becomes a part of a culture? I don't understand how India being tied to British Colonialism makes it off-limits to someone who has no ties to Britain. In the Southeast U.S. it's a...
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    I get awfully tired of the Ladasha story, which...

    I get awfully tired of the Ladasha story, which flew around the Internet a couple of years ago and suddenly "everyone" knew someone who knew her personally. I suspect that's about as true as the...
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    Well, penguin, you're entitled to that opinion...

    Well, penguin, you're entitled to that opinion and you might even be right, but in my experience choosing based on a name is no more or less reliable than a Google rating or word-of-mouth. And I...
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    I only know one, and he's probably 18 by now. I...

    I only know one, and he's probably 18 by now. I remember thinking that his name was a very daring choice at the time, but adorable too. :)
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    I've never met one. That's all I can contribute....

    I've never met one. That's all I can contribute. :)
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    I also know a toddler named Lawrence but...

    I also know a toddler named Lawrence but exclusively called Law.
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    Lewis, Stanley, Wallace, Clyde, Lloyd, Frank. I...

    Lewis, Stanley, Wallace, Clyde, Lloyd, Frank. I think I pretty much just named all of my great-uncles. :)
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    Ah... Westley. I'd avoid it because of "The...

    Ah... Westley. I'd avoid it because of "The Princess Bride" connection, frankly. Good movie and all, but that's really the only Westley in pop culture, I think, so the association is automatic.
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  11. I love Arthur; very classic and dignified. The...

    I love Arthur; very classic and dignified. The second syllable has a slight yuh sound to it, like "fury." I'm more familiar with what's popular in France than what's popular in Québec, so I'm not...
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    I do this as well. At my high school, there was a...

    I do this as well. At my high school, there was a brilliant, uber-nerdy girl named Bambi. She wanted to be a doctor. And I thought, even then, that there was no way in he!! that I would ever be able...
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    I have never met one IRL, but I've always assumed...

    I have never met one IRL, but I've always assumed it was ezMAY as well and probably a shortened form of Esmeralda.
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    I concur on Jeremy Atticus and using initials. I...

    I concur on Jeremy Atticus and using initials. I know a Jed in real life who's full name is John Edgar. I actually work with TWO Jebs if you can believe it, and both are J*** E*** B*** Lastname.
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    Is it a bad thing? No. Is it my first choice? No....

    Is it a bad thing? No. Is it my first choice? No. My name is second only to Jennifer in generational trendiness. Here's what I don't like about my name: it doesn't stand out. It's forgettable....
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    I'm in the Southeast and am perplexed by the post...

    I'm in the Southeast and am perplexed by the post suggesting that it's common for Southerners to have no middle name. Perhaps I read wrong. All the way back in my very working-class, coal-mining...
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    Lifelong Alabamian here: I like many of the...

    Lifelong Alabamian here:

    I like many of the names on you rlist (Twain, Ronan), though I wouldn't really classify them as "Southern boys." The Southern boys would be, imo: Hart, Tennessee, Archer...
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    The only ones I've met IRL are French, so for me...

    The only ones I've met IRL are French, so for me it's zahv-yay. Prior to that, my only encounter with the name was on the butt of Cabbage Patch Dolls, and I assumed that it was ex-ayv-yur.
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    Poll: I didn't notice if you put a geographical...

    I didn't notice if you put a geographical location, but where I live (Southeastern U.S.), Payton/Peyton is a VERY popular name for girls. I have three in my high school classes (that's just this...
  20. Thread: Name dream!

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    I find Wren appealing as well, but recently an...

    I find Wren appealing as well, but recently an acquaintance named her baby... well, let me say that I thought she named her baby Wren, but then I found out it was Ryn (short for Kathryn), and that...
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    Of course it matters. It's selfish to think our...

    Of course it matters. It's selfish to think our decisions don't impact others. One of my favorite girl's names happens to be the name of my father's first wife. I never met her, I have no association...
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    It's a pretty trendy name in France (part of the...

    It's a pretty trendy name in France (part of the Lola-Lilou-Lily craze), where it's pronounced lah-LEE.
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    Probably a difference of opinion over the "ine"...

    Probably a difference of opinion over the "ine" ending, which for me calls to mind chic French girls: Clementine, Pauline, Séverine, Jacqueline, etc. I have a soft spot for Jolene, too.
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    I'm also surprised at the strong negative...

    I'm also surprised at the strong negative reaction. I think Ford is a very handsome name. I once taught a Yale-bound, baseball-playing, all-American blond-haired & blue-eyed gentleman named Ford. ...
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    I actually shivered when they announced his...

    I actually shivered when they announced his name-- I've always really admired St. Francis. I don't know that his choice will change things much in France and Italy, where François and Francesco are...
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