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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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I'm Asian-American — Why I Gave My Kids The Whitest Names Possible

I'm Asian-American — Why I Gave My Kids The Whitest Names Possible | Name News | Scoop.it
For many of us, that dreaded pause right before someone fails at our name is a daily reminder that we do not belong here.
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I’m A Black Woman Who Had To Change Her Name To Get Ahead Professionally

I’m A Black Woman Who Had To Change Her Name To Get Ahead Professionally | Name News | Scoop.it
Black women are discriminated against for our names. The least you can do is learn them.
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Aunt Jemima rebrands as Pearl Milling Co.

Aunt Jemima rebrands as Pearl Milling Co. | Name News | Scoop.it
It’s an added benefit that “Pearl,” like “Jemima,” is a woman’s name that’s just as old-fashioned but not freighted with racist overtones.
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Baby names: Woman accuses sister-in-law of being racist over name choice - Kidspot

Baby names: Woman accuses sister-in-law of being racist over name choice - Kidspot | Name News | Scoop.it

"I want to name my baby 'Sunny', and have her middle name be 'Disposition', so that her name will be 'Sunny Disposition', on full legal documents. ... "She would have an Easter-egg type name, where if you know the full thing it's like a surprise," she said.

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Breonna is the 2020 Name of the Year

Breonna is the 2020 Name of the Year | Name News | Scoop.it
A name of protest and memory, Breonna came to symbolize many of the divisions that rent American society in 2020.
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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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Walls of Names as Mnemonic Devices to Commemorate Enslaved People

Walls of Names as Mnemonic Devices to Commemorate Enslaved People | Name News | Scoop.it
The article by Ana Lucia Araujo examines walls of names commemorating the victims of Atlantic slavery and the slave trade in US heritage sites and museums. By exploring how, during the twentieth
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The Two Biggest Stories from the Annual Baby Name Data

The Two Biggest Stories from the Annual Baby Name Data | Name News | Scoop.it
The two biggest baby name hitmakers of 2019—the late hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle and the film The Hate U Give—helped define a cultural moment.
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Will Anyone Ever Name Their Child Karen Again? A Baby Name Expert Weighs In

Will Anyone Ever Name Their Child Karen Again? A Baby Name Expert Weighs In | Name News | Scoop.it
What happens when a name like Karen becomes tainted by association with negative traits or actions? Judging by the Dicks, Berthas and Adolphs of the world, the future is not looking bright for Karen.
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List of name changes due to the George Floyd protests

List of name changes due to the George Floyd protests | Name News | Scoop.it
After George Floyd, an African American, was killed during a police arrest in Minneapolis, United States, many people protested, in the United States and internationally. During the course of these
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Why Do Some Names Become Memes?

Why Do Some Names Become Memes? | Name News | Scoop.it
Name memes like Karen, Becky and Kyle have stepped out of the virtual realm and into public discourse over the last few months. We explore the phenomenon.
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Name Quotes 85: Karen, Blane, Friedemann –

Name Quotes 85: Karen, Blane, Friedemann – | Name News | Scoop.it
From the 1986 movie Pretty in Pink, Duckie’s reaction to learning that Andie is dating a guy named Blane: Blane? His name is Blane? That’s a major appliance, that’s not a name! Fr…
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Hello, My Name Is Marijuana Pepsi! (Ep. 387)

Hello, My Name Is Marijuana Pepsi! (Ep. 387) | Name News | Scoop.it
Research shows that having a distinctively black name doesn’t affect your economic future. But what is the day-to-day reality of living with such a name? Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck, a newly-minted Ph.D., is well-qualified to answer this question. Her verdict: the data don’t tell the whole story.
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Why Naming My Black Son Was An Act Of Letting Go

Why Naming My Black Son Was An Act Of Letting Go | Name News | Scoop.it
For my second son, born 11 years later, I threw away all tradition. “I’m naming him Theo,” I told my friends at a pottery painting party.
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A Brief History of Black Names, From Perlie to Latasha

A Brief History of Black Names, From Perlie to Latasha | Name News | Scoop.it

Scholars have long considered distinctively Black names to be a product of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, but recent research shows that Black names have been around for centuries.


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2020: The Year of the Karen

2020: The Year of the Karen | Name News | Scoop.it
She is everywhere. She is inescapable. Who is she? She is KAREN, or rather, a Karen, a newly pejorative term that (usually) refers to a white woman who uses her privilege to demand things from others or to police others
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This New York Times article about who's voting for whom in 2020 election based on names sent me into a tailspin

This New York Times article about who's voting for whom in 2020 election based on names sent me into a tailspin | Name News | Scoop.it
not only is this list incredibly white-centric, it’s also almost entirely focused on voters who are 50+
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Baby Naming Issue: Is the Name Kipling Out of the Running Because of Rudyard Kipling’s White Supremacy?

Baby Naming Issue: Is the Name Kipling Out of the Running Because of Rudyard Kipling’s White Supremacy? | Name News | Scoop.it
We are trying to come up with a boys name for our fourth boy and we like surnames for first names. Is the name Kipling (nickname Kip) out due to Rudyard Kiplings white supremacy even if we clarify …
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Name Quotes 88: Booker, Beyoncé, Beatrice –

Name Quotes 88: Booker, Beyoncé, Beatrice – | Name News | Scoop.it
From an interview with Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson — the youngest of seven siblings — on the podcast In My Head: A lot of people don’t know that Beyoncé is my last …
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White Woman Debates Not Giving Children Husband’s Egyptian Last Name –

White Woman Debates Not Giving Children Husband’s Egyptian Last Name – | Name News | Scoop.it
A white woman wants to protect her future children from racism by giving them her last name instead of her husband's Egyptian Muslim one.
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A very interesting decision. People have written whole PhD theses (like this one) about the choice of surnames in international/multi-race families.

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Black-Owned Brands for Baby: Our Picks

Black-Owned Brands for Baby: Our Picks | Name News | Scoop.it
Our “Curation & Inspiration” posts highlight the products that we love best for new parents, parents to be, and little ones. While we’re not all in a place to shop right now, those who are able to can help out by shopping at Black-owned businesses, which have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For […]
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A Brief History of ‘Karen’ - The New York Times

A Brief History of ‘Karen’ - The New York Times | Name News | Scoop.it
In 1965, it was the third-most-popular baby name in the United States. In 2018, it was the 635th — and today it’s even less popular. How did Karens fall so far?
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A brief history of black names

A brief history of black names | Name News | Scoop.it
At The Conversation, Trevon Logan (Hazel C. Youngberg Distinguished Professor of Economics, The Ohio State University) writes about the history of black names in the US.

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