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September 18th, 2013 01:11 AM #11Member
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Someone shared this article before: http://www.salon.com/2008/08/25/creative_black_names/ and I found it an interesting perspective (if one that I have no idea how to go about verifying.)
The author compares these made-up names to music:
Originally Posted by David Zax
And what's wrong with making up a name anyway? I'd venture a guess that once upon a time, yours was made up, adopted from a word in common usage, or bastardized from another language (if not all three). I know mine was.
September 18th, 2013 04:55 AM #13
September 18th, 2013 06:36 AM #15
Totally with you on this one.
I read the article thinking it was going to explain to me that I was wrong and that names like Fo'nique were actually common in Africa/another continent/country and that the people who used them were citing their own heritage in their choice of names.
If the article is correct in suggesting that African-American people wanted to branch away from 'white' names then why go down the road of slamming a random group of letters and punctuation together and calling it a name? Surely it would make more sense to use traditional African names? There are thousands of beautiful ones to pick from which are still easy to pronounce in English.
I Behind the Name'd a few...
When I say 'made up' I mean:
1. Names that have been plucked from the air by combining a random group of letters or sounds that otherwise have no root/meaning.
2. A spelling that is not traditional.
And to some extent -though this is more about staying power-...
3. A 'smoosh' of two or more names.
What you mean when you talk about Karen > Catherine > Ekaterine etc is a name developing over time - you even go on to cite examples yourself. Names that have roots have not just been pulled from the air.
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September 18th, 2013 07:27 AM #17
Abena is a gorgeous African name. <3
I have a question. What does the author mean by "Anglo names"? Are they names used mostly by white people? Are they names from English/Old English/Scottish/Irish origin? Surely a black person is just as entitled to use a name like Matthew, Jude, or Adam.
Last edited by casilda; September 18th, 2013 at 07:55 AM.
September 18th, 2013 08:07 AM #19Senior Member
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I think this is all a race problem. I like certain "black" names per se, and I'm not black. People want to put labels on things, and I personally think this is just silly.
Just my two cents.--CarlaMommy to Eva Lily Catherine, b. 1/31/2014