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April 1st, 2013 12:30 PM #21
Last edited by alexa400; April 1st, 2013 at 12:35 PM.Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
April 1st, 2013 01:16 PM #23
My general rule is don't use anything that even people who like interesting names would look at your kid and think "Really? Where did that name come from? They don't look ________"
I think there is a lot of wiggle room in popular names--there are very few names in the top 1000 even that I would be surprised to find on any race or religion.
It's really only in less common names that I have a problem. It's not a gigantic issue, it's just a little weird. Meeting someone who looks Irish and is named Keiko throws you off a bit. Being introduced to a black guy who's name is Dmitri is a surprise. It's just a matter of expectations and understanding.
To me it's the same issue as using male names on females. If you expect Hunter to be a boy and she shows up and she's a girl, it throws you off balance.Olivia/Livia/Livy/Liv : Thessaly/Darah/Bethel : Noelle/Eve
Benedict/Eli: Jude/Zane: Luke/Darius : Levi/Phineas/Calvin
April 1st, 2013 01:24 PM #25
I have to laugh at assertions that India and Britain have a "great relationship". Just because you know Indian people who are totes fans of England does not erase the decades of brutal, bloody oppression that their country suffered at the hands of the Empire. There is a reason Gandhi was willing to literally starve himself to further the cause of independence. India, like the Africas, is still dealing with the cultural and economic fallout from imperialism. Please do not name your white child India. It's truly the worst kind of arrogance.
And yes, Cohen, Bodhi, Krishna, Asia, et al, are totally off limits.Simon Valor | Eloise Faye | Judah Sage | Thea Marina | Felix Orion | Iris Cordelia | Roscoe Benjamin | Lydia Wren | Jasper Conroy | Phaedra Naomi | Adrian Bruno | Lucinda 'Indie' Jane | Wallace Finnegan | Sylvie Winifred | Charles 'Charlie' Elliot | Juniper Sophie | Julian 'Jules' Atlas | Matilda Sailor | Marlowe Charles | Alice Elizabeth | Jack Mariner | Marigold 'Maggie' Susan
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April 1st, 2013 01:37 PM #27Senior Member
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So I'm going to ask a totally off the wall question, my cousin can name her 1/2 Chinese son Tao or Jun because his father speaks fluent Mandarin but if I wanted to name my 1/2 Italian son Dante because neither SO or I speak Italian?
And as to "cultural" names, I'm saddened because being 1/2 German I love learning about the language and culture and I love some more Germanic sounding names but I'm afraid to give my child a stereotypical German name because I worry about how it will reflect on me (I already get called a Nazi because I'm interested in Germany) and my child. The last thing I want is my child to suffer because of their name.If I had a baby right now they'd be:
April 1st, 2013 01:47 PM #29
China has an extremely fraught history with the West, one that includes racism, commercial extortion and cultural appropriation (see 'Orientalism'), not to mention incursion by "Christian" missionaries that continue to this day. Italy and the US, on the other hand, do not have such a difficult past, and people of Italian descent are not subject to racism in the US. Ditto Germany. I'd say using a name from either of these cultures is fine.Simon Valor | Eloise Faye | Judah Sage | Thea Marina | Felix Orion | Iris Cordelia | Roscoe Benjamin | Lydia Wren | Jasper Conroy | Phaedra Naomi | Adrian Bruno | Lucinda 'Indie' Jane | Wallace Finnegan | Sylvie Winifred | Charles 'Charlie' Elliot | Juniper Sophie | Julian 'Jules' Atlas | Matilda Sailor | Marlowe Charles | Alice Elizabeth | Jack Mariner | Marigold 'Maggie' Susan
Just a grad student, dreaming ahead...