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  1. #146
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    I love Benedict but being an American I feel like everyone would automatically think Benedict Arnold, so I figure I might have to stick with Bennet or Benjamin.

  2. #148
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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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  3. #150
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    Off the top of my head: Jemima, Jezebel and Medea/Mēdeia.

    Quote Originally Posted by charlieandperry1 View Post
    I'd quite happily use India if I loved it enough. But if that's deemed offensive to people, I don't see why Jordan, Israel, Scotland, Ireland, Kenya, America, Britain, Asia, Africa, Boston, Dakota, China etc aren't also offensive.
    There's a quite unfortunate history connected to the use of India as a given name. While I dislike location-names myself, I think there's quite a big difference from naming your child Jordan to naming your child India.
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    Cosima Ingrid Zenobia "Mimi" • Matilda Ivalo Galadriel "Maz" • Asta Catherine Françoise • Aviaaja Margaret Undómiel "Avi"

    GPs: Atticus Aksel Inigo • Cosmo James Ilasiaq "Jem" • Fabiola Agnes Lúthien • Olga Alvaret Cleopatra "Gini"

  4. #152
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    Quote Originally Posted by shvibziks View Post
    Off the top of my head: Jemima, Jezebel and Medea/Mēdeia.



    There's a quite unfortunate history connected to the use of India as a given name. While I dislike location-names myself, I think there's quite a big difference from naming your child Jordan to naming your child India.
    A) 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.
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  5. #154
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    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?
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