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Mocking Weird Baby Names Might Make You Racist

by Kristen Chase on December 27, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Mocking weird baby names might make you racistIf you're like me, then you've probably heard at least one story about ridiculous baby names inspired by everything from car parts to female nether regions.

And I admit that I've done my fair share of eyerolling at weird celebrity baby names, like ones who name their kids after motor vehicles and grocery list items.

But according to this fascinating baby name article, mocking weird baby names might be racist. And I have to agree.

As Stephanie Pappas writes, the majority of names that people mock are often culturally based. In fact, many of the "weird" baby names listed in a recent Gawker article called 2012's Definitive List of Baby Names That Will Destroy Your Soul are actually common names in different countries and aren't even on the official name registry. Urban myth, anyone?

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The idea that people are feeling less conformist and more willing to celebrate their culture or someone else's, even if it's just because they want a name that's different than the other babies in the nursery, is actually pretty awesome.

And in truth, how many of us really know someone with the names that so often get mocked, like "Neaveh" (which is the word "Heaven" backwards)? And as Pappas states, that name is probably similar to what the name "Hazel" was back in the 1890s -- a trendy, low-class name when it first emerged.

Who's to know if these so-called "weird" names will actually be weird in a few years? Kids are way less concerned about peers with different names than we are, probably because unique names are becoming the norm.

In a way, by mocking different kids' names, we're mocking diversity, which is just as bad as it sounds.

Do you think it's wrong to make fun of weird baby names?

 

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  • kelli...
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    kelli0585

    December 27, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    You'll have to pry the right to make fun of ridiculous baby names from my cold, dead hands. 


  • bills...
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    billsfan1104

    December 27, 2012 at 9:42 PM
    What the fuck ever. So when you and the other Stir bloggers make fun of Sarah Palins let's names, I can call you racist?
  • PRIMA487
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    PRIMA487

    December 27, 2012 at 9:43 PM
    There is a reason Zowie Bowie changed his name. The PC police out again. Now people are racist if they find names "funny". Ugh!
  • 2baby...
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    2babymomma

    December 27, 2012 at 9:43 PM
    I know a naveah.
  • PRIMA487
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    PRIMA487

    December 27, 2012 at 9:47 PM
    Gees Bills I dialed back my first comment(thought I was a little too vocal)guess I wasn't. But hey I agree with ya!
  • bills...
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    billsfan1104

    December 27, 2012 at 9:49 PM
    Lmao Prima. My auto correct is at again, it's suppose to say kid's.
  • rayeo...
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    rayeofmoonlight

    December 27, 2012 at 9:50 PM
    I actually know 2 Nevaehs.
  • bills...
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    billsfan1104

    December 27, 2012 at 9:51 PM
    I wouldn't make fun of some ones name, because I know that sometimes it means something to them, but I have every right to say that they are stupid, Like the name Apple or Blue Ivy, or Nevaeh.
  • bills...
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    billsfan1104

    December 27, 2012 at 9:53 PM
    Hey Kristen, do you know what the word RACIST actually means?
  • Gretta
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    Gretta

    December 27, 2012 at 10:12 PM
    Uhm no. Racist is a bit of a stretch
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