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    Is Greta too political?

    Hey guys, just wondering if Greta is too political as a name right now because of climate activist Greta Thunberg? I like the name a lot but I just worry that if I were to use it people would think I have an agenda or some such thing. Also, is it okay to use names that have a strong political connotation in general? Examples would be Jacinda(NZ PM) or Melania(US FL)

    What are your thoughts on this?

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    I'd avoid Melania and Greta just because those two people are likely what people would think of when someone hears that name...at least for the next generation. Unless those two are your absolute favorite names I think it's better to avoid it so the kid can have a fresh slate. However, even though they are similar I don't think Gretel or Melanie/Melody would share the association.
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    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Greta. It wouldn’t have crossed my mind because Greta is sort of trendy (more trendy than Donald, I mean, which I definitely would find to be a political choice). I also think Greta is more subtle than Melania, which is undeniably pretty but probably unwise if you’re avoiding political names.

    I can’t say I know enough about New Zealand politics to know if Jacinda is unusable. I also think that it would be very difficult to avoid every name ever used by a political or activist figure... so I’m inclined to say don’t worry about it. There are very few names that someone could use that would make me think they’re trying to make a statement.
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    Greta is fine but definitely definitely not Melania ooooof
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    I think it always depends on the name. I don’t think of Greta Thunberg when I hear Greta. So I think it’s fine. But even if people do think of her, at least she’s awesome. I’d much rather have people think of a positive political activist than someone most people don’t like etc
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    I think Greta is a great name and have loved it for some time. While people may now think of the activist I don't think that is a negative, and it wouldn't stop me using the name. Greta was a lovely and well-known name before Thunberg was in the press, and there are plenty of well-known Gretas. So I think that differentiates it from Melania and Jacinda - really Trump and the NZ pm are the only ones known.

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    I agree with @araminty. I have been following Greta Thunberg, but she is not my primary association with the name Greta. It is a well-established, classic name. In my mind that puts it in a different category than Melania and Jacinda that are less widely used, at least where I am in the U.S.
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    Thanks for your input everyone!
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    Greta is definitely not just associated with Thunberg, but I think that that is a positive association, as far as name connotations go. It’s a beautiful name that is quite usable.
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    I wouldn't use Greta personally. My only association with the name is the activist. While I dont think its necessary bad, I believe this will be everyone's first thought when they hear the name.
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