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Swistle Fundraiser for Immigration Justice: Skirts, Pottery, Treats, Books, Baby Name Consultations, Etc.

Swistle Fundraiser for Immigration Justice: Skirts, Pottery, Treats, Books, Baby Name Consultations, Etc. | Name News | Scoop.it
The current refugee/immigrant situation in our country is heartbreaking and appalling and infuriating, if those words were strong enough to describe it, which they are not. I can’t believe we…
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Not about baby names, but even more important.

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Mohammed beliebtester Vorname – oder nicht? = Is Mohammed really Berlin's most popular name?

Mohammed beliebtester Vorname – oder nicht? = Is Mohammed really Berlin's most popular name? | Name News | Scoop.it
"Mohammed beliebtester Vorname in Berlin": Diese Schlagzeile wurde in den letzten Tagen international verbreitet und diskutiert.
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Knud does some number-crunching and finds that, yes, Mohammed is the most popular name in the capital. But it's still given to a relatively small number of boys. And so what, anyway?

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Maeve of Massachusetts, Meet Magnus of Minnesota

Maeve of Massachusetts, Meet Magnus of Minnesota | Name News | Scoop.it
In my teenage daughters’ generation, American girls named Madison outnumber Bridgets by nearly 20 to 1. Yet my kids have had plenty of classmates named Bridget, and they’ve never met a Madison. A statistical fluke? In part, yes, but the odds were stacked by geography. We live in Massachusetts. This …
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» Quels prénoms les immigrés (et leurs descendants) donnent-ils à leurs enfants ? = What names do immigrants (and their descendants) give their children?

» Quels prénoms les immigrés (et leurs descendants) donnent-ils à leurs enfants ? = What names do immigrants (and their descendants) give their children? | Name News | Scoop.it
Vous arrivez peut-être ici après avoir lu le numéro de Population et Sociétés publié aujourd'hui, et vous souhaitez en savoir plus. Le format de Population et Sociétés, 4 courtes pages, est parfait pour résumer des recherches, mais laisse parfois sur sa faim.
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Interesting research from France.

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Baby Naming Issue: Should They Change the Name? and If So, How?

Baby Naming Issue: Should They Change the Name? and If So, How? | Name News | Scoop.it
Dear Swistle, I am writing you regarding my 16 months old little boy’s name. I come from another country and together with my husband, we chose a name coming from that country. I have felt qu…
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Opinion | America, Say My Name - The New York Times

Opinion | America, Say My Name - The New York Times | Name News | Scoop.it
Yaseen. Ellison. Viet. Nguyen. All American names, if we want them to be.
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Biases Against Immigrants with Non-anglicized Names

Biases Against Immigrants with Non-anglicized Names | Name News | Scoop.it
According to a new study focused on the United States, where anglicized names are more typical, anglicizing ethnic names may reduce bias towards immigrants.
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Finland loosens name law, but most still prefer classics | Yle Uutiset | yle.fi

Finland loosens name law, but most still prefer classics | Yle Uutiset | yle.fi | Name News | Scoop.it
Finland will update name laws at the start of 2019 to provide residents with a wider range of options for their own names as well as their children’s. 
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Found via the American Name Society.

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Name Change Story: Nzingha –

Name Change Story: Nzingha – | Name News | Scoop.it
Nzingha Motisla Masani was given her African name at a naming ceremony in 1974. Many friends and family members disapproved of (or simply didn’t acknowledge) her name change, but some of the …
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A Dear Abby post on "unusual" names gets identity all wrong —

A Dear Abby post on "unusual" names gets identity all wrong — | Name News | Scoop.it
The earlier we’re exposed to multiple cultures, the easier it is for us to understand one another, no matter where we’re from, and even if where we are “from” is more than one place.
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An Asian-American Mom’s Advice for Dear Abby on ‘Foreign Names’

An Asian-American Mom’s Advice for Dear Abby on ‘Foreign Names’ | Name News | Scoop.it
Few things are as universal to the Asian-American experience as the tortured or joyous road to our westernized names, what it means for our identity and the assimilation goals that are either chosen by or imposed upon us.
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'My first name and surname are always a problem for people'

'My first name and surname are always a problem for people' | Name News | Scoop.it
People have been sharing their experiences of having their names mispronounced.
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Immigrants’ kids are ditching their Americanized names

Immigrants’ kids are ditching their Americanized names | Name News | Scoop.it
In June, David Brown began legal proceedings to change his last name to Broner — the original surname of his late father, Nechemia — as a way to pay homage to the family’s ancestry. Broner, a Holocaust survivor from Poland, changed his name to Charles Brown after arriving in New York in 1950, seeking acceptance from Americans.
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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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I refuse to believe my name is too difficult for people to pronounce | Ahir Shah | World news | The Guardian

I refuse to believe my name is too difficult for people to pronounce | Ahir Shah | World news | The Guardian | Name News | Scoop.it
A third of employees from minority ethnic backgrounds have been asked to change their name to something more ‘English’ – which just shows some people simply can’t be bothered to try
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What French baby names say about the country - When Marie met Yanis

What French baby names say about the country - When Marie met Yanis | Name News | Scoop.it
In a country that bans ethnic or religious census data, names can also serve as a proxy.
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Sunday Summary: The Melting Pot

Sunday Summary: The Melting Pot | Name News | Scoop.it
And yet, if there’s any gift of the wild diversity of naming children in the twenty-first century, it ought to be this: we can embrace the names of our cultures, and believe that they will be understood and respected by those we meet.

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Totally agree with Abby's thoughts about names from "other" languages and cultures. I see why people might want to assimilate, but oh how lovely to think we can embrace diverse names and expect other people to respect ours.

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Claiming the History in Family Names - The New York Times

Claiming the History in Family Names - The New York Times | Name News | Scoop.it
My immigrant father thought adopting an American name was a prudent measure to avoid mispronunciations. To me it felt like admitting defeat.
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Oh! The ending is perfect.

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The names of migrants to America suggest they were individualists - Few “Hans” on deck

The names of migrants to America suggest they were individualists - Few “Hans” on deck | Name News | Scoop.it
“GIVE ME YOUR tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” reads the poem on the Statue of Liberty. Censuses show that America’s 19th-century immigrants were poor. No data exist on whether they also yearned for freedom. But new studies use a proxy for individualism—first names—to suggest that they did.
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Nomes e mais Nomes: Os nomes nas famílias de diferentes nacionalidades = Names from families of different nationalities

Nomes e mais Nomes: Os nomes nas famílias de diferentes nacionalidades = Names from families of different nationalities | Name News | Scoop.it
Histórias de famílias de diferentes nacionalidades e a forma como escolheram um nome.
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Seeking naming stories from Portuguese parents abroad!

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Call You By Your Name –

Call You By Your Name – | Name News | Scoop.it
(With thanks to Andre Aciman, for a variation of the title.)  “Very healthy, we believe you. A girl, though? Impossible! This family only has boys.” That was, allegedly, my parents̵…
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An essay about being called Roxani an Roxanne.

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What's in a Name: A Response to 'Dear Abby'

What's in a Name: A Response to 'Dear Abby' | Name News | Scoop.it
Whatever her intentions were, Phillips failed to acknowledge the fact that this country is a land of many cultures and people who wish to celebrate them. By siding with the husband, Phillips is sending the message — not only to the wife but to readers everywhere — that diversity should not be celebrated in America.

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Call for Papers: GfN-Conference "Names in motion", University of Münster, Germany, September 11-13 2019

Call for Papers: GfN-Conference "Names in motion", University of Münster, Germany, September 11-13 2019 | Name News | Scoop.it
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Namenforschung e.V. (German Association for Name Research eV) has announced a call for papers for their next conference, “Names in motion: Adaptation processes of person and place names in areal, diachronic, and social fields of tension”. The conference will be held at theUniversity of Münster, Germany, September 11-13, 2019.

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'My wife can never call my name in public'

'My wife can never call my name in public' | Name News | Scoop.it
"I don't want to have problems because of my name when my mind is totally different - and my heart."

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