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Old 05-05-2015, 08:19 AM
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I know a fellow called Richard Head and I often wonder what HIS parents were thinking ...
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Well my girls' names are Kalinda Devi (Kali) and Anjali Sarinna (Anji). I have always loved Hindu mythology and knew many years ago, even before I had children, that any female child of mine would have a Sanskrit name. I really don't care if their names aren't mainstream. As for racial profiling, their last name is clearly Hispanic (specifically it is a very common Mexican last name) so a unique first name isn't going to make much of a difference to such people.

Thankfully not every company profiles. Some of our banker clients are named LaShondra, Lakeisha, Imani, etc.
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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I know a fellow called Richard Head and I often wonder what HIS parents were thinking ...
They were thinking "should we name him Richard or Peter?"
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Finally in NC
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Also, to be clear, there is a big difference between names that sounds ETHNIC and identify someone as black, like DeShawn, and a name like "De'Shawn'Dre'Ante'Nique. There's nothing wrong with the first but the latter is clearly ridiculous. I think silly excuses for names like the latter are half of what even makes this topic an issue in the first place. T=Of course the other half is some prejudice white jerk in a hiring position who already doesn't think much of black people anyway, and a silly ghetto name like that just gives them the excuse they need to pass them up for employment in favor of Suk Mi Wang.
This just reminds me of a former student-mother was dumb as a bag of rocks. When i was spelling him name out loud in a meeting for another school employee taking notes, I said, "D, A, Apostrophe, and the mom stops me and says there aint no apostrophe in his name, just a dash. So we write it with a hyphen, then she looks at it and tells us we need to learn what a dash is, and writes an apostrophe

We had students with great names like:
Uniqua (before it was a cartoon character)
Gerber
Urine (pronounced ureen)
Shaniquwa
Quantasia
Anthonyeesha
Mozella
Cinnamon
Monte (pronounced Monet)
And some so unreal I wont even put here because they are probably the only ones in the world with those names and we don't want to singe them out.

and the list goes on

The problem is when people cant spell the names and the kids have to continually spell or pronounce their name. This goes for even common names when people try to get creative. Do people want to grow up having to pronounce or spell their name? It drives me nuts.

I had to call a high school student to come in to do some community service. I dreaded making the call because I had no idea how to pronounce her name. 3 teachers all had different ideas on how to say her name. I ended up using her last name "Miss. XXX"
It is those situations that make odd names difficult.
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:41 PM
 
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I think it depends what the person is applying for.

For example technical or more educated jobs you can evaluate people on their education history on the application.

If it's Doritoes Jones from Yale, the name would IMO hold little weight despite it likely being lower socio-economic.

If it's Doritoes Jones with "some highschool" looking for a sales job at Tiffany's? Different story.
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Woodinville
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If it's Doritoes Jones with "some highschool" looking for a sales job at Tiffany's? Different story.
But at least he'd be guaranteed a job at Frito Lay.
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:30 AM
 
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Black sounding names are less likely to get called back for interviews and get hired. There have been hundreds of studies on this.
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:42 AM
 
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But at least he'd be guaranteed a job at Frito Lay.
Hmm. Probably not. He spelled it wrong. LOL
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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And then there are people like this guy:

6 Words: 'My Name Is Jamaal ... I'm White' : NPR
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:13 PM
 
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And then there are people like this guy:

6 Words: 'My Name Is Jamaal ... I'm White' : NPR
I heard that this morning--you beat me to posting the link.
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