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Old 05-01-2015, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I had a black friend whose name was Upendo Sabree. It was a real African name that meant something on the order of loving child. I don't remember exactly. She was proud of it since her parents had traced their ancestry and felt it showed their African roots.

Another black woman I worked with named her daughter Melissa because she said she specifically did not want her child to have a "ghetto" name. The woman's name was Kim. She felt that ghetto names hurt black people when it came to getting jobs. This was back in the 70's which I think was before psychologists had begun to write about the issue.
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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Most overused, but not necessarily bad(according to one site):

Dijon
Like the mustard? Scratching my head over that one. Never heard of someone naming their child after mustard. Are there siblings Catsup, Mayo, Relish?
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:18 PM
 
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I love the name Peaches, Porscha, Kristal, Mercedes, Maserti, Suga, Ginger for women, all gorgeous names lol
Is it bad that I have met a woman in my life with at least one of those name except Maserati.. thats new lol. My babysitter growing up was named Peaches.
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:19 PM
 
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I love the name Peaches, Porscha, Kristal, Mercedes, Maserti, Suga, Ginger for women, all gorgeous names lol
Sorry, but they all sound like Penthouse centerfolds and/or strippers.
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:20 PM
 
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I think Ghetto name is the wrong title. There are a lot of bad names.

Cooter..
How many people have you known, or screened in a job interview, with the name 'Cooter' on their birth certificate/job app. (?) Especially from the 'hood.

That's a canard to try and deflect from the thread topic, which is about the real-life obstacles people face when they're given unusual, ghetto names. I assume you're also trying to backhandedly belittle rednecks with your submission of Cooter.. c'mon man.
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:21 PM
 
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Sorry, but they all sound like Penthouse centerfolds and/or strippers.
I grew up with a Cinderella.
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis (Clayton)
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How many people have you known, or screened in a job interview, with the name 'Cooter' on their birth certificate/job app. (?) Especially from the 'hood.

That's a canard to try and deflect from the thread topic, which is about the real-life obstacles people face when they're given unusual, ghetto names. I assume you're also trying to backhandedly belittle rednecks with your submission of Cooter.. c'mon man.
Agreed. Listing "stripper names" is a bit off-topic and it doesnt carry the same weight as the issue of discrimination based on names that are considered ghetto.
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:24 PM
 
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LMFAO. My cousins birth name is Rufus Elrod Triggs. Everyone calls him Triggs.

That being said I met a Jezebel and a Cinderella. Cinderella did become a high paid escort.

But this a black issue because bad names for whites are considered cutsey and funny or clever. When its a black associated name like Malik or Jamal, its associated with poverty or crime not so cutesy.
I really have to disagree on this.

I don't find bad white names cutesy. They are just as embarrassing/poor choice for them as for anyone. If I'm in an HR position I'm going to put Rufus Elrod Spudknocker in the same pile as Malik Jamal Smith if they have the exact same qualifications. I've been surprised more than once assuming a person's race or ethnicity by their name or the way they sound on the phone, only to discover my assumptions to be totally wrong.

And I don't associate Malik or Jamal with poverty or crime, at all. So maybe it's where you grew up and who you were exposed to (Rufus, et al).

Our life experiences shape our expectations.
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:25 PM
 
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I worked at one company where there were a bunch of Jennifers.

They all switched it up to keep from driving us crazy.
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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Sorry, but they all sound like Penthouse centerfolds and/or strippers.
Why are you hating?
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