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May 10th, 2013 09:23 PM #16** The opinions expressed above are not meant to be reflective of Nameberry as a whole but are my opinion and mine alone. **
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May 11th, 2013 11:26 AM #18
Ok, I'm completely in the minority (again). I'd assume he was East Asian, and if so I wouldn't think twice. The dragon is considered quite manly and lucky on this side of the (other) pond. So, I actually know a Chinese-American boy named Michael Dragon, because he was born in the year of the dragon... which is quite auspicious.
I'd roll my eyes if I met a girl named Dragon or a boy named Phoenix. Since these are words completely central to Chinese culture (the culture of 20% of the world's population), I'd pity the child. After all, with globalization it's only a matter of time until he's introducing himself to a meeting room full of Chinese businessmen as Phoenix (or her as Dragon)... which would honestly be one of the most humiliating experiences I can think of. To me, it would feel like a man insisting his name was Coco or a woman named Butch... but maybe even worse.
So, if the boy was of East Asian descent (or maybe even not), I wouldn't think it was all of that strange... Now boys running around named Phoenix... that's weird (but then again, I live in China). However, to each their own... I've heard so many worse names from students lately (Dick, Enn, Red Star, Success, Pirate, Celery, Seven, etc.) that I may just be numb...Kidney Bean Debuts July 2014Soren Pasha, Kian Emre, Quentin, Anton
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