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Sharnita:

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--- Quote from: juanita on June 06, 2013, 11:44:27 PM ---Not sure if this has been mentioned yet. A mother in New Orleans named her daughter le- a. Most people would just ignore the mark and call her Lea , Leah or lei right ? Well according to the mother it's, wait for it.............. La dash A!!! CRIVINS!!  :o :o she was mad that the child's name was mispronounced all. The. Time. She said the dash don't be silent! Sorry heard this a few years ago and I am still lmao  ;D

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 i think that is an urban legend

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http://www.snopes.com/racial/language/le-a.asp almost certainly a legend. I've heard it and dozens of minor variants. It's always an African-American mother (either stated explicitly or by stereotyped use of incorrect grammar like that above: "the dash don't be silent!" and implied with a place, e.g. the New Orleans bit). It's basically a racist urban legend which was probably made up at some point.

Today there was a woman at the supermarket whose name, according to her nametag, was 'Dog'. I really hope it's a cruel and inappropriate joke done by her coworkers, and not a parent who would have done such a thing...

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FWIW, I was told the story by my students, who were black and ardently believed that it was true so I don't particularly see it as a racist urban legend.

bansidhe:

--- Quote from: Tea Drinker on June 06, 2013, 11:32:57 AM ---There are a very few names that say "specific religion" to me, but only a few: I would advise against naming a child Christian, Christine, or Christopher if you aren't Christian, and against Mohammed if you aren't Muslim (in both cases so a child doesn't have to keep explaining that s/he doesn't go to church, or that yes he eats pork).
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My husband's name is Christian. He's an atheist, as were his parents. I don't think many people associate that name with religion at all, and I doubt anyone associates Christine or Christopher with religion.

Betelnut:

--- Quote from: bansidhe on June 07, 2013, 05:47:51 PM ---
--- Quote from: Tea Drinker on June 06, 2013, 11:32:57 AM ---There are a very few names that say "specific religion" to me, but only a few: I would advise against naming a child Christian, Christine, or Christopher if you aren't Christian, and against Mohammed if you aren't Muslim (in both cases so a child doesn't have to keep explaining that s/he doesn't go to church, or that yes he eats pork).
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My husband's name is Christian. He's an atheist, as were his parents. I don't think many people associate that name with religion at all, and I doubt anyone associates Christine or Christopher with religion.

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I don't associate Christine or Christopher with religion but Christian?  Oh yeah, since that is the name of the religion.

Sharnita:

--- Quote from: Betelnut on June 07, 2013, 06:48:10 PM ---
--- Quote from: bansidhe on June 07, 2013, 05:47:51 PM ---
--- Quote from: Tea Drinker on June 06, 2013, 11:32:57 AM ---There are a very few names that say "specific religion" to me, but only a few: I would advise against naming a child Christian, Christine, or Christopher if you aren't Christian, and against Mohammed if you aren't Muslim (in both cases so a child doesn't have to keep explaining that s/he doesn't go to church, or that yes he eats pork).
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My husband's name is Christian. He's an atheist, as were his parents. I don't think many people associate that name with religion at all, and I doubt anyone associates Christine or Christopher with religion.

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Yeah, if somebody named their kid Chistian I would think it would be reasonable for people to make the educated guess that the parents practiced Christianity.


I don't associate Christine or Christopher with religion but Christian?  Oh yeah, since that is the name of the religion.

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bansidhe:

--- Quote from: Sharnita on June 07, 2013, 06:52:23 PM ---Yeah, if somebody named their kid Chistian I would think it would be reasonable for people to make the educated guess that the parents practiced Christianity.


I don't associate Christine or Christopher with religion but Christian?  Oh yeah, since that is the name of the religion.
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Autumn is the name of a season, but I wouldn't assume someone with that name was necessarily born in September, October, or November. Likewise, I wouldn't assume someone named June has to have been born in June or that someone named Dallas or Dakota was born in Texas or one of the Dakotas.

And plenty of non-Christian people name their offspring Mary and Joseph.

Names are often just names.

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