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July 6th, 2012 05:13 PM #21Senior Member
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Aside from that, I am an American teenberry and I can bet not one of my friends or classmates knows the history behind Jemima (they may know it from the syrup, but that is meaningless) or would find it so offensive that it can't be used. I actually didn't know ONE of the histories behind the name Jemima (this one, the one that HAD "tainted" the name) and I'm a history buff! So if kids from my generation would barely pick up on it (maybe a few would, but it's nothing people can't get passed, truely) then I'm sure the children your daughter will grow up with won't either.
Also, Jemima goes perfectly with Harriet! What a great sibset!
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July 6th, 2012 05:28 PM #23
I agree with agirlinred and namelover7. I'm also a teenberry and I've heard of the syrup, of course, but never any real negative connotations. If you're really worried, you could use nicknames like Jem, Jemma, Mimi, etc. and still get your favorite name. But really, if people start to use it, as previously mentioned, it will become considered more as an absolutely normal name.Lillian Hermione Emilia-Isabelle Rosemarie Astrid-Hazel Daphne Evelyn-Elizabeth Luna Sadie
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July 6th, 2012 05:39 PM #25
I really can't believe how many of you berries think this name is racist? I literally laughed out loud when I read that! Maybe it's because I'm from CA, but the name Jemima is in no way tied to racism or anything else on the negative side. It's fashion forward and on the rise in the UK. If someone would think this name is racist for a white person to use in this day and age, it would seem to me that they themselves are racist. I mean, it's just maple syrup people, youre not naming your child Kunta Kinte or Calpurnia. Maybe this would be a problem in the south, where I assume racism is still a problem. But out here in my neck of the woods, it would be a name that makes other parents swoon with envy. Go ahead and use it!
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July 6th, 2012 06:53 PM #27
I just wanted to point out racism still exists with the name. I'm originally from southern Missouri, like way down south, and I actually had a kind of racist grandma.... but I'm not sure if that's still the case. The younger generation may be a lot better than my grandma's and mine.....
I agree there is no such thing as a racist name, but the connotations that come from a name is enough not to use it. I remember being told not to use Lunette because apparently it's a brand of menstrual cup and people kept saying it's not a name, so I settled for the alternative spelling Lunete, which is from Arthurian legend so I know it's a legit name.
Overall I would say if you are worried about using a name, that's enough of a reason not to use. Not just for the racism, but for any reason. If you think it'll lead to teasing, then toss it.... etc... It's just not a good idea to give your kid a name that you are agonizing over no matter how good it sounds....
July 6th, 2012 07:02 PM #29Senior Member
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July 6th, 2012 09:00 PM #31
You might find this link helpful: http://babynamesworld.parentsconnect...of_Jemima.htmlhttp://geeknames.blogspot.com/
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July 6th, 2012 09:07 PM #33Senior Member
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I think you'll be fine
I'm Black and recently on an AA forum a mom asked about this name. She was AA and her hubby was Jewish. He always loved the name Jemima but didn't predict that his future children would be half Black. Mom thought it was pretty but was at the same time horrified. The overall consensus was Jemima is fine for a White child but opinions were split for a Black/biracial child. Posters suggested Yeminah/Jeminah
Cali, I'm shocked that you don't realize all of the racial tension in that state. I know Southerners who've moved to Cali and are eager to get back to the South because of the racism
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July 6th, 2012 09:10 PM #35
I just thought of another potential problem, what happens when she becomes an aunt? She'll be called "Aunt Jemima" and then you have the whole syrup association.... that would be annoying...
July 7th, 2012 12:49 AM #37
Here's what Nameberry.com's creators, Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran, have to say ...
"Jemima, the name of a strong and beautiful Biblical daughter of Job, has long been among the chicest choices of aristocratic Brits. Unfortunately, Jemima is still linked in this country to the stereotypical smiling Aunt of pancake fame, which we think is a pity. It's time to liberate this excellent name, with its peaceful meaning. ... " [http://nameberry.com/babyname/Jemima#.T_emefVrPyU]
In their 2007 book, "The Baby Name Bible", Jemima is among their "recommended best bets -- names [they] find to be particularly appealing ... ".
If memory serves me correctly, Harriet and Jemima are two personal favorite names of Pam's.
According to "The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook"  by Ann Barr and Peter York, both are upper-class names in Britain.
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July 7th, 2012 01:07 AM #39Senior Member
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I live in the South, and I guess I don't see the big racist deal of Jemima. Yes, a mammy type character has that name, but so what? I think it would be a lot more racist to name your kid after a confederate general (ie. Jackson, Robert Lee, Beauregard). If you do live in the South you might get some funny looks but I don't think most black people would think you are racist for naming your daughter Jemima. I mean parents aren't afraid if the name Ben from Uncle Ben's rice, are they?