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March 1st, 2013 05:41 AM #1
Pros and Cons of 'Forbidden' Names
Now I realize I might be opening a can of worms here, but I'm hoping to have a healthy, liberal discussion.
Today's topic: Forbidden Names
I suppose the point is should these names really be forbidden? Do meanings really matter? Should the associations? How about visibility/sensitivity? There is a greater percentage of atheists in the world than there was 100 years ago, so can you now use Lucifer? Or is it still culturally forbidden?
The world is becoming more globalized, names from different cultures are appreciated and accepted more than they were before. Yes some names can be quite alien to us due to language boundaries but we're slowly moving past that mentality. Is it working the same for forbidden names?
So lets use this topic as a way to nitpick all the pros and cons of forbidden names, for e.g (please note I took these examples from one of the blogs here: http://nameberry.com/blog/forbidden-baby-names?pid=543)
Bridget-I suppose this can used as an example that negative images about this name have nearly faded
Royal Titles such as Princess/King
Now I'm not advocating these names, rather opening up a discussion.
So what do you think? Is there anything good to say about these names, or must they be exiled forever?Pondering...Alistair | Malachy | Ivo | Ezra | Tavish | Sebastian | Theo | Marius | Kit | Dimitri | Leander | Tam
Susanna | Eleanor | Aveline | Lilias | Ffion | Romilly | Annora | Josephine | Tamar | Morwenna | Esme
March 1st, 2013 08:00 AM #3** The opinions expressed above are not meant to be reflective of Nameberry as a whole but are my opinion and mine alone. **
Henry Nathaniel (3) and Julia Paige (1)
Bennett - Emmett - Felix - Oliver - Owen - Preston - Samuel
Abigail - Claire - Clara - Hope - Lydia - Maude - Molly
March 1st, 2013 08:48 AM #5
March 1st, 2013 09:44 AM #7Senior Member
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My thoughts on the names:
Cain - the mark of Cain and all that, everyone knows this story. I think it's a nice name, but he's not very sympathetic. Although I'm sure Abel was a real pain, and that's why he did it.
Lucifer - As much as I like a bad boy, I think Lucifer is too bad. Why would anyone name their child after this dude? He's kinda cool on South Park though
Jezebel - I love Jezebel. She and Vashti are the two only Biblical persons I like. I think it's a shame her name is associated with adultery and treacherousness. Name needs to be reclaimed!
Judas - I like Judas, he's not that bad. I never got the big deal about this, BUT it is (as above) associated with treacherousness.
Bridget - Not a problem at all. Quite common, and lovely. Bridget Jones' Diary, and the goddess.
Sambo - Little Black Sambo, oh how I loved that book when I was a child. It's hilarious! I don't think it's a good name though.
Adolf - No no no a thousand times no. Not because I'm Jewish, not because my mother's country was invaded by the Nazis, because I'm a human being and this is still to fresh in mind for most people.
Royal Titles such as Princess/King - Tacky. Especially in monarchies.
Cohen - I find this strange, but not that bad. I would urge people not to use it, but I'd be more offended by Lolita.
Dick - Why oh why? This is terrible.
Lolita - I can't believe anyone who's read that book would ever name their child this. It's so sad and heartbreaking.
Jemima - I'm in England, and there are plenty of Jemima's here, and I don't really know too much about why it's taboo in America (I know there's something relating to racism).
Bridget, Jezebel, Jemima, Cain - usable
Lucifer, Adolf, Lolita, Dick - unusableMy darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014
March 1st, 2013 09:53 AM #9Senior Member
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I think Bridget is fine. Everything else, why? There are literally thousands of other names, why use one of these? I see the appeal of some- Jezebel, for example, is lovely, but is actually in the DICTIONARY as a "shameless, wicked woman." There's just absolutely no reason to use one of these extremely problematic names when there are so many other better names to choose from.