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America Ruined My Name for Me

America Ruined My Name for Me | Name News | Scoop.it
So I chose a new one.
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A very thought-provoking read, thanks to Abby for sharing. I remember Beth Nguyen from this post too: http://www.nancy.cc/2014/05/02/vietnamese-name-bich/

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B.C. linguist writes baby naming guide for Carrier people, after years of research | CBC News

B.C. linguist writes baby naming guide for Carrier people, after years of research | CBC News | Name News | Scoop.it
Linguistics scholar Bill Poser recently published a book of Carrier names, which he hopes can serve as a reference for Indigenous parents who want to highlight their children's cultural roots with their names.
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Have you mispronounced someone’s name? Here’s what to do next |

Have you mispronounced someone’s name? Here’s what to do next | | Name News | Scoop.it
Educator and podcaster Jennifer Gonzalez has done a fantastic job on this subject, and she has come up with three different categories of mispronouncers, which I’d like to describe and build upon. Most of us have been one of them, at one time or another.
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Does My Child’s Name Erase My Identity? - The New York Times

Does My Child’s Name Erase My Identity? - The New York Times | Name News | Scoop.it
At first I thought her four names were a beautiful compromise. But at 18 months old, her eyes are bluish-gray, her hair is light brown. While I’ve tried to wrestle with what it means for her to appear so light in a society that hugely privileges whiteness, I’ve grown more uneasy about her name. Her first and last names, the most salient parts, look and sound as white as her features.
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A Māori name is not offensive - racist reactions to them are | Stuff.co.nz

A Māori name is not offensive - racist reactions to them are | Stuff.co.nz | Name News | Scoop.it
Had a stranger really just reacted with disgust at the sound of my child's clearly Māori name? Yes. Not only that; she'd acted almost as if it were a personal insult.
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Hasan Minhaj: Why I Corrected Ellen DeGeneres

Hasan Minhaj: Why I Corrected Ellen DeGeneres | Name News | Scoop.it
“I looked in the audience … and [my mom] kind of cringed,” he said. “And I was like, ‘Dude, what am I doing?’
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Village where babies get a song for a name

Village where babies get a song for a name | Name News | Scoop.it
In this Indian village, mothers give their children a unique tune and it becomes their "name" for life.
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Zozan Yasar: ‘Call me by my name’

Zozan Yasar: ‘Call me by my name’ | Name News | Scoop.it
“The court asked me ‘why I wanted to change my name?’ and my answer was simple: ‘I don’t want to change my name, I want to get my name back. I was born with this name and my family named me in Kurdish.”
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In this remote village, every person's name is a song

In this remote village, every person's name is a song | Name News | Scoop.it
In the village of Kongthong in India's Meghalaya state, villagers don't call out to each other using their "real" names, but rather with short tunes that resemble birdsong. The practice is called jingrwai lawbei, where each individual is given a unique, musical name at birth.
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A fascinating find via Nameberry!

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Tāmati Coffey and Tim Smith reveal the name of their new baby boy | Stuff.co.nz

Tāmati Coffey and Tim Smith reveal the name of their new baby boy | Stuff.co.nz | Name News | Scoop.it
"Hey Son. We toiled over your name. We've told the tribe, we've done your numbers and we've come up with ten good reasons why your name should be so," he said.

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Welcome, Tūtānekai!

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More than 800 Māori place names officially recognised

The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa has made 824 Māori place names official. About 300 of them now officially include macrons, such as Taupō, Whakatāne, Whangārei, and Ōpōtiki.

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Bosses Tell BAME Employees to Get a 'Western Work Name'

Bosses Tell BAME Employees to Get a 'Western Work Name' | Name News | Scoop.it
Black Asian Minority and Ethic workers, also known as BAME, revealed they have directly or indirectly been told to use more English sounding names in the workplace.
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Appeal for Help - Calling all Bilingual British Parents!

Appeal for Help - Calling all Bilingual British Parents! | Name News | Scoop.it
If you're a parent (or prospective parent) in the UK who speaks a first language that's not English -- or you are parenting with a partner that fits this description -- name scholarship needs you! Clare Green, best known for her fantastic Name News scoop.it page and excellent weekl
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I'm very thankful to Elea for publishing a shout-out for my research...and for the beautiful graphic! <3

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Why 1.2 billion people in China share the same 100 surnames

Why 1.2 billion people in China share the same 100 surnames | Name News | Scoop.it
If you stop a random person on the street in China, there's a pretty good chance their surname would be either Wang, Li, Zhang, Liu or Chen.
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I want my baby to grow up proud of her heritage. But with rising anti-Chinese racism, I'm struggling | CBC Radio

I want my baby to grow up proud of her heritage. But with rising anti-Chinese racism, I'm struggling | CBC Radio | Name News | Scoop.it
The choice of my child's name is just one way I am trying to instill a sense of pride in her Chinese heritage. I want her to embrace it, even though anti-Chinese racism has been on the rise since COVID-19.

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Dad Wants to Change Baby's Name Since His Mom Can't Say It

Dad Wants to Change Baby's Name Since His Mom Can't Say It | Name News | Scoop.it
A new dad took to Reddit to ask if he was in the wrong for begging his wife to change their daughter's name because his mom can't say it.
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This is why it's important to consider children's heritage and family languages when choosing their name.

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What Does It Mean When Your Teacher Changes Your Name? –

What Does It Mean When Your Teacher Changes Your Name? – | Name News | Scoop.it
“Ayyy, I already told you, your name is too long! We don’t go by two names here and we don’t go by two last names. Pick a name. Maria or Edith. And as far as last names, you are Espinosa. We don’t use your mother’s last name. So what’s it going to be?” When we…
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Finding the right South Asian name for our baby was tough

Finding a baby name for his incoming son that was the right cross of Indian and Canadian was more difficult than he’d imagined, writes Karan Gill
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French couple can keep tilde in son's name after court battle | World news | The Guardian

French couple can keep tilde in son's name after court battle | World news | The Guardian | Name News | Scoop.it
The row over Fañch or Fanch was settled after the parents’ two-year tussle with officials
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Finally! I hadn't realised this was still dragging on.

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Call me by my name (Revati)

Call me by my name (Revati) | Name News | Scoop.it
The girl who went by the white pronunciation was quite different from the girl who heard the brown pronunciation at home.
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First person: Te reo Māori is simple in comparison to English | RNZ News

First person: Te reo Māori is simple in comparison to English | RNZ News | Name News | Scoop.it
RNZ journalist Te Aniwa Hurihanganui was about to catch a plane when a worker saw her name and asked, how on earth did you spell that as a kid? It wasn't the first time.
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Names That Are Unfamiliar to You Aren't "Hard," They're "Unpracticed"

Names That Are Unfamiliar to You Aren't "Hard," They're "Unpracticed" | Name News | Scoop.it
In this op-ed, N'Jameh Camara explains why it's not her name that's difficult, it's the attitudes of those unwilling to learn it that are.
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A thought-provoking read found via Abby.

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Call Me By My Name. Here's How It's Pronounced | Cognoscenti

Call Me By My Name. Here's How It's Pronounced | Cognoscenti | Name News | Scoop.it
Mispronouncing student names contributes to lower self-esteem and, for English language learners, lower academic performance, writes Roberto Rey Agudo.
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'Why didn’t you teach me our language?'

'Why didn’t you teach me our language?' | Name News | Scoop.it
Lola is the first born British-Nigerian in her family. In this candid conversation she asks her mum why she was never taught their mother tongue.
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Really interesting interview, and there's chat about names from 4:20.

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Call me by my name: Peru promotes use of indigenous names in public records | World news | The Guardian

Call me by my name: Peru promotes use of indigenous names in public records | World news | The Guardian | Name News | Scoop.it
Indigenous Peruvians often have one name at home and another, usually Spanish, for official purposes. Now registrars are being urged to embrace native languages
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