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July 18th, 2013 10:14 AM #36** 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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July 18th, 2013 10:24 AM #38Senior Member
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Considering the issue is about India and colonialism, I thought I might put in my two cents by offering a comparison. If a British person named their child Ireland, I'd probably think "Huh, that's a bit weird" but I wouldn't be offended. I know how terribly we treated when we were a colony (the worst of it not even a hundred years ago) and for all I know there could have been families with property in Ireland a long time before that who chose to show that with their children's names but even if they did once do that, I wouldn't be offended now. Granted, there might be some who would but being highly Nationalist and Republican myself I figure if I didn't particularly mind then a lot of people wouldn't mind. They don't mean offence with it. They just think it sounds nice and makes a good name. Is that so bad? Are these things only an issue when it's white people naming their child after a country that isn't mostly white (I only mention this because of the above poster, janna, said they'd be annoyed by a white person naming their child Egypt)?
If I asked my family (who have stronger opinions than me), they'd probably just say who the hell would name their child that because it's a weird name to us.
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July 18th, 2013 10:27 AM #40Senior Member
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@sarahmezz - I'm Australian and I find the name India distasteful! I can't help but think of the brutality of Colonialism and it's legacy of oppression and exploitation.
That said, I teach global politics so I'm probably not a fair representation! I do think that as Australia itself is a former colony, most Australians would be aware of the activities of the British empire to some extent.
July 18th, 2013 10:39 AM #42
London has been used as a name for reasons other than the Blitz? Ditto India! People using the name aren't thinking 'I've killed thousands of Indians, let's champion that fact!'.
Ugh, people are missing the point. I know Ira isn't directly related to the IRA. I mean that names can have meanings attached to them by different people. I- and I'm sure other Brits on these boards would agree- know that India really isn't considered offensive. If it really was once a taboo name, it's certainly transcended that now. 2.5% of the UK population is British Indian (more than double the proportion of Indian Americans in the US) you'd think that if they still had major problems with the British, they wouldn't be settling here.
And thank you, cupcake3690. Agreed.
July 18th, 2013 10:44 AM #44Senior Member
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I don't care for the name India. It now has some derogatory connotations with that crazy person Katie Hopkins who is known around the world now as a NAME SNOB. She actually said that she would not use geographical names because they are "Low Class" and then named her daughter India....???? Does she have any brains? Those poor kids will have this hanging over their heads now forever and I'm sure will end up changing their names someday. Katie Hopkins Name Snob | Baby Names | Essential Baby
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