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Thread: Questions about Names and Race
July 27th, 2013 03:33 AM #16Member
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I think all the names would work for any child. I'm half Mexican and half white and my name is Kari Ann. I look way more Mexican than white. My sister on the other hand is Laura Beth and she looks white or Italian. These names seem to work on us. My brothers best friend is a guy named Jerome and he'd always get called 'the white Jerome' affectionately by his bffs. Mahalia and Cecilia are more "ethnic sounding" but I think it's time we all use whatever name works for our own individual child. I tend to like southern sounding names even though most people would look at me and identify me as a Mexican woman, I think it's fun to push the envelope a bit. Good luck and congrats on your adoption.~Proud Mommy of~
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July 28th, 2013 07:37 PM #18
I agree, I don't think it's appropriate to limit choices based on race. It does far more good to expand choices into other cultures than to restrict them, both for your child and for race relations in general.
I did want to mention that there have been some studies done that show that giving your child (that is of a culture) a name that is perceived to be of that culture actually hinders them throughout their life. Not because of anything they do, but because society tends to make judgments of them based on their name alone. It affects everything from how well they do in school to their job opportunities to whether they get picked for juries. I'm putting in a couple links.
Freakonomics » How Much Does Your Name Matter? A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast
â€śEthnic-sounding first namesâ€ť and getting the job « The Jury Room
So I guess I'm saying I wouldn't worry about what race the child is, just pick names you love.
And major kudos for adopting and being open to children in need of all races. Lots of love to you and your family <3- current loves -
Harriet - Flora - Violet - Clementine - Matilda - Wilhelmina - Josephine - Cordelia
Milo - Frederick - Dashiell - Gus - Atticus - Felix - Theo - Harrison - Jack
August 15th, 2013 08:44 PM #20Senior Member
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I don't think the race of your child should really affect the name. Because really, it would just be sad if you gave your child a name you just "liked" because you wondered about the backlash of giving them a different one. I'm black, and my name is Skylar, which is pretty rare for a black girl. And I love it. First, I love it because it's pretty unique (though growing in popularity *sigh*). Second, I love that my name is unexpected, and it makes people think twice. So many times I've introduced myself and had the other person reply, "That's such a pretty name." Don't shortchange your kid. And the names you've chosen sound beautiful. I say go for it Also, I love the name Eloise, but I prefer it without the "u" because the name has no ties to Louise, despite the similarity. But go with what feels right (So many smileys because my heart gets warm and fuzzy when I hear about adoption)
August 15th, 2013 10:10 PM #22
I don't believe that you have to be the same ethnicity of your name. I think any name goes.