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  1. #136
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    I've never really liked the sound of Jemima, so i wouldn't have used it, but i had no idea until i joined nameberry that it was considered a racist name. My only experience with the name has been characters in a few British chick-lit books. Never would've guessed. Also how is Jemima pronounced? I've always said it "jem-ih-mah" but google says it's "jeh-my-mah"?

    It makes me so sad that India has such a negative connotation. Again, i had no idea until i joined nameberry, and now that i know, I'd never be able to use it. I have a special place in my heart for India. I hear it and just taste spicy tea and see multicolored chalk and i equate India with intense beauty and even though i know the India i picture in my head is not the India that actually exists, i still love that picture in my head so much. I'm not like heartbroken that i can't use the name, but oh it would be so lovely. Indie is a nice name, but India is just perfect.
    I hope to be a mom one day. For now I enjoy being a name lover.

    My apologies for any typos; i post from my mobile phone.

  2. #138
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Not meaning to offend anyone here, but has it ever occurred to anyone that the only reason names like India are deemed offensive is because people keep telling each other it is... There is nothing offensive about that name unless you really want to find it. It's like that with most place names. America for instance. Or Holland. Or Morocco. If you dig into a names history you'll find something offensive to them all. We'd have no names left..

  3. #140
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    I adore Columbine too. I didn't know that people felt that it was considered so offensive before I joined nameberry. I would still consider it though, because I love it so much. I actually wondered if the same thing would happen to Aurora after that happened, but I doesn't seem like it.

    Another problematic one is Salome. The more famous biblical Salome, isn't exactly a fantastic namesake. I'm not religious, so personally I'm not that bothered by it, but I'm still afraid that other people might be.

  4. #142
    Join Date
    May 2012
    I also like Lucifer. The sound of it is very appealing to me, but I am religious and even if I weren't, I couldn't do that to a child.

  5. #144
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Quote Originally Posted by livia View Post
    I love, love, love the name Madeleine. It's perfect in every way...apart from the McCann association.
    Oh I used to love Madeleine when I was younger. Used to be #1 on my lists! But the combination of the McCanns and an evil boyfriend-stealing b!tch I happen to know has made the name unusable for me. Had a little look at our stats and it fell 68 places between 2007-2008. That McCann association is very strong I think.

    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.

    And as a Cornishwoman, I find the name Devon minorly offensive

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