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Thread: Gay & Lesbian Parents and Naming
July 9th, 2013 01:18 AM #6
That's so interesting dear. I was just on another post that was talking about naming her daughter Faye and how unfair it would be to a little girl. I mention words like societal patriarchy in my response. Anyway, yes the lesbians and gay can get married (hooray!) but they've always been a part of someone's family. Now, they're starting their own.
My guess is as good as any and if I didn't marry my late Edward and instead went with an Edwina (Eddie for both of them mind you), I'll lean more toward classic traditional names. It's seems only the ridiculous heterosexuals around LA and NY are naming their kids North, Apple, Suri, and Blue. Then again though, I can see the point of not choosing too girly-girly (Precious) or too rough (Butch) if I was in a same-sex relationship.
What gay icons could you name after a child? Martina? Ellen? Oscar? Truman? Gore? Elton? I'm sure we can come up with more without resulting in narrow stereotypes.
July 9th, 2013 02:59 AM #8
Well you see. I have actually got a list of what I would name my 7 adopted children, were I to become a lesbian with a good friend of mine.
I'm missing out on all of my favorite names, but you have to compromise with your partner, ya know?I’m just trying to behave as I think a friend should behave. Granted, I haven’t had much practice.
~Elphaba Thropp, Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
July 9th, 2013 08:56 AM #10Senior Member
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Interesting topic. I don't understand why Mary would be a problem. I'd get it if two men said they wouldn't use Mary but why a lesbian couple?
I think most people tend to prefer shorter/simpler names if their child will have a long or complex surname, hyphenated or not. My cousin only considered one syllable names for when she was pregnant because her surname is 12 letters long
Shea * Jade * Azure * Fox * Greer * Blaise
Lotus * Tallulah * Noor * Jasper * Linden * Arden
August 6th, 2013 09:28 PM #12Junior Member
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It's true. My wife and I never considered Mary for either of our daughters because of just that. Honestly, the only challenges we faced when naming our four children were whether or not to use names along the biblical route (my wife was raised catholic, and we are raising our children in a christian church that welcomes everyone), as well as, the common troubles of avoiding kids with the same name, family names, and disagreements amongst partners. As a lesbian couple, we never faced any major challenges. Maybe it's because we live in NYC where it's common to see gay families walking down the street, or because had such a great support group of our friends, and my family. I'm not really sure what your question was, or even if it was a question, just thought I'd put in my experiences.
August 6th, 2013 09:33 PM #14
I'm queer, and so are many (probably most) of my friends. One major difference I've noticed is that my queer friends feel it's important to give their hypothetical kids gender-neutral names -- totally understandable, since quite a few of them changed their own names to better reflect their gender presentation and identity.
Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Wren or Simon Adler | Alice Violetta or Atlas Dov | Julian 'Jules' River or Juniper 'Joon' Lovelace | Roscoe Fox or Marlowe Fritz | Jane Lucinda or Lucien Wilde | Louisa Valor or Eloise March | Ivan Elliot or Iris Cordelia | August Jack or Jasper Hale | Dashiell Jude or Judah Reeve | Thea Marina or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Finnegan Wallace or Felix Raphael
Just a grad student dreaming ahead...