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  1. #16
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    Question You Lost Me

    Quote Originally Posted by spring13 View Post
    I'm Orthodox Jewish, and sort of resent the way Asher has become so popular in the mainstream - I like it pronounced the Hebrew way, AH-shair, but people would always see the trendy mainstream name and pronounce it the Anglicized way (rhyming with basher), and in my case THAT's what i'd want to avoid. People saying that they had no idea it was Hebrew/Jewish/biblical makes me want to scream into a closet.

    It's definitely common enough not to scream Jewish on its own - it's more likely to come across like Mason or Camden (ie: white, trendy, not any particular religion).
    I don't understand why this is a problem.
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  2. #18
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    As someone who views most Old Testament names as clearly religious, I must say Asher doesn't really fit in that category. To me it feels more like a nature name or a modern occupational surname, not a stereotypical Jewish/Hardcore Protestant name.
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  3. #20
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    I hope you choose the name you love with pride in your heritage - like others here I'm very sad that you feel a Jewish name could cause problems for your son. My grandmother gave her children anglicised versions of their Irish names (which they were always known by) for the same reason and in 70 years we don't seem to have moved on : (
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  4. #22
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    Quote Originally Posted by sugarplumfairy View Post
    As someone who views most Old Testament names as clearly religious, I must say Asher doesn't really fit in that category. To me it feels more like a nature name or a modern occupational surname, not a stereotypical Jewish/Hardcore Protestant name.
    I agree with this.
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  5. #24
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    I didn't realise Asher was a Jewish name, I associated it as being quite modern! Names are SO diverse today, I wouldn't worry about teasing implications for your son as Asher is a lovely name and not overtly religious to the majority of the population. Even more so with Zachary. Both choices are safe AND beautiful!

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