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June 7th, 2013 05:55 PM #146Senior Member
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January 11th, 2014 06:04 PM #148Junior Member
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I realize that nobody has posted here in a long time, but I just wanted to say this: India, while gorgeous sounding, should almost certainly be off-limits. It is NOT just like any other place name, and people are NOT just being too sensitive when they say that. It was a name that the British gave their babies after taking over India, some as a way of expressing their support for the huge oppression of the Indian people. So while it's fine if you use it as a way to celebrate your Indian heritage or if India is important to you for some other reason, it has its roots in imperialism and violence and thus should not be treated like London, or Paris, or Vienna, and definitely shouldn't get you any kind of credit for open-mindedness, etc.
*Yous are all general. I don't think anyone here is doing this at all. <3
As far as offensive names I like, I'd probably go with Jezebel, less because it bothers me personally and more because I'd hate to saddle a kid with a name that offends so many others.
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January 11th, 2014 06:48 PM #150Zelia • XXI • History student • Film and royalty enthusiastI blog at vesperlynds and everythingroyalty, and export names from Greenland and Inuit mythology
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January 11th, 2014 07:07 PM #152
Jemima isn't even that offensive anymore - it's the teasing that it brings that turns US parents off.
B) The history behind India as a given name is no different than Theodore (Ted) or Myra. Ted Bundy (born Theodore) was one of the most vile serial killers in the world - yet it didn't deter parents from naming their sons Theodore or Teddy. Myra's the name of another vile serial killer in the UK from the 1960's, but yet, Myra's not far off from the UK top 1000 now. People end up forgetting the history behind it, whether others want to admit it or not. One day, India will be nothing more than a country with a cool name - the controversy will be long gone. May as well start letting it go now.Rosie | Ellie-May | Bethan | Sian | Demi | Lauren | Martha | Abbie | Hannah | Darcie | Elise | Cerys | Maisie | Aimee
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January 11th, 2014 07:10 PM #154
India is apparently considered offensive for whatever reason. I just love it. It's very pretty and although it makes me think of the country it doesn't bother me. I guess some people could be offended of their culture for some reason and maybe that ruins the name for them?"Those who don't read the newspaper are uninformed, those who do read the newspaper are misinformed"- Mark Twain