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Azalea Donating Member (101 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 04:11 PM
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86. Hmm
Fear of the unknown. AN uncommon name will always be villified ina world of conformity.
Take Azalea. At first glance people hear it or see it and think its made up. An Azalea is a flower, not just any flower but the one with the distinction of being symbolic of womanhood in many cultures. It is one of the most resilient flowers because it blooms and can thrive all year.

In horticulture Azaleas are a must haves. I love the name for its infrequency and its meaning.

Sadly, this name has been called "ghetto" or some have even insinuated that its only common amongst uneducated blacks. Sad.
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  -You Named Your Baby WHAT??? bjorkfan  Oct-14-07 08:54 PM   #0 
  - Hm. I don't think the author would like people from India much at all...  IndyOp   Oct-14-07 09:02 PM   #1 
  - I think the difference here is that those are the actual names used in that culture  rockymountaindem   Oct-14-07 09:07 PM   #2 
  - All names are created, all names were new and strange at one time...  IndyOp   Oct-14-07 09:28 PM   #10 
     - But as someone who writes, I can tell the difference between  pulsatilla   Jun-14-09 01:58 PM   #82 
  - Those names have meanings. They are not comprised of people  Kahuna   Oct-14-07 09:28 PM   #9 
  - The article made allowances for CULTURAL names  pulsatilla   Jun-14-09 01:54 PM   #81 
  - Wow. It's too bad people can't just name their kids what they want  AllyCat   Oct-14-07 09:09 PM   #3 
  - It's tied to a certain degree of rootlessness. nt  MookieWilson   Oct-14-07 09:10 PM   #6 
  - Some countries will not allow parents to name the kid *whatever* they want.  quantessd   Dec-05-07 12:17 PM   #49 
  - Why aren't black girls named 'Coretta', 'Ella', 'Mary McLeod', 'Soujourner'??? nt  MookieWilson   Oct-14-07 09:10 PM   #4 
  - Because they're being named, Laquanda, Laquisha and Shenaqua.  Kahuna   Oct-14-07 09:30 PM   #11 
     - So much history being lost.  MookieWilson   Jul-09-08 08:59 AM   #62 
     - Integrate[x^2 Sin[x]^3, x]  joey5150   Jul-26-09 04:22 PM   #90 
  - It's rather obvious that Ms. Hammond needs a new circle of friends and co-workers.  PSPS   Oct-14-07 09:10 PM   #5 
  - That's a nice name, I think. n/t  AllyCat   Oct-14-07 09:12 PM   #7 
  - I think she's right because we do the same thing to white kids too  roguevalley   Oct-15-07 02:06 PM   #38 
  - Love it. I'm not a bigot BUT...  Fridays Child   Oct-14-07 09:13 PM   #8 
  - I like the spirit of your answer ... maybe best in the thread ...  eppur_se_muova   Oct-14-07 09:45 PM   #13 
     - Good question about origins. It'd make for an interesting study.  Fridays Child   Oct-14-07 09:56 PM   #17 
     - One of my good friends is an obstetrics nurse.  fed_up_mother   Apr-25-08 07:41 PM   #52 
  - Because Oprah, Barak, Kwame, and Deval,  sandnsea   Oct-14-07 09:42 PM   #12 
  - Oprah was my first thought, and look how unsuccessful she is.  babylonsister   Oct-14-07 11:32 PM   #23 
  - Oprah-- a misspelling  MIS_UNDER_ESTIMATED   Aug-03-08 08:34 PM   #65 
  - All short and easy to pronounce  fed_up_mother   Apr-25-08 07:43 PM   #53 
  - I thought this would be a tirade against naming your daughters  Warpy   Oct-14-07 09:45 PM   #14 
  - laughing here  lwfern   Dec-04-07 06:45 PM   #48 
  - I understand what you are saying and have had the same thoughts in regards to names  notadmblnd   Oct-14-07 09:45 PM   #15 
  - My mom taught us that when we were teens.  robinlynne   Oct-14-07 11:04 PM   #22 
  - Hey. I'm an attractive white woman and it works the same here.  TalkingDog   Oct-14-07 11:36 PM   #25 
  - BINGO! We're all: size-ists, sexists, racists, but smart folks don't act on those initial thoughts  MookieWilson   Oct-15-07 09:31 AM   #30 
  - White guys dressed like that get shabby treatment too. nt  MookieWilson   Oct-15-07 09:30 AM   #29 
  - Not race dependent either  dmallind   Dec-03-07 03:32 PM   #47 
  - Question for you: do you feel resentful that he has to go to those lengths  pulsatilla   Jun-14-09 02:07 PM   #84 
  - 47 years ago  Bjornsdotter   Oct-14-07 09:50 PM   #16 
  - Change it! go for it! nt  MookieWilson   Oct-15-07 09:33 AM   #31 
  - Ouch. At least she gets to say this - she's black.  kestrel91316   Oct-14-07 10:12 PM   #18 
  - I call my friend's daughter 'Q'  bambino   Oct-14-07 10:22 PM   #19 
  - Lame Screed.  Dr_eldritch   Oct-14-07 11:02 PM   #20 
  - Making up a name is different from naming someone 'Anfernee' instead of 'Anthony'. nt  MookieWilson   Oct-15-07 09:35 AM   #34 
     - I'm not saying the author doesn't have a point...  Dr_eldritch   Oct-15-07 06:44 PM   #41 
     - Anfernee ---- Aaaaaaaaaaaaargh  AccessGranted   Jun-17-08 11:26 PM   #58 
  - There's an easy way to sort this out... pass a law allowing kids to sue for damages...  TygrBright   Oct-14-07 11:03 PM   #21 
  - So African Americans should not name their babies what they want because of racism?  TroubleMan   Oct-14-07 11:33 PM   #24 
  - No, that's not what's being said here.  MookieWilson   Oct-15-07 09:34 AM   #33 
  - Condoleezza RIce  Real_Talk   Jul-14-08 10:51 PM   #64 
  - Have fun with that..  Lady Missie   Jul-02-09 09:25 PM   #85 
  - So let me get this straight...  FatDave   Oct-15-07 08:17 AM   #26 
  - perhaps, in an unjust world, people can take more time to understand  roguevalley   Oct-15-07 02:10 PM   #39 
  - Of course Blacks should name our children as we see fit.  harlinchi   Oct-15-07 08:19 AM   #27 
  - My sister had a student named 'placenta'. nt  MookieWilson   Oct-15-07 09:36 AM   #35 
  - My all time favorite is pronounced like this  fed_up_mother   Apr-25-08 07:50 PM   #54 
  - Whites shouldn't have Dawns or Tiffanys or Brandys (pole dancers)  soothsayer   Oct-15-07 09:28 AM   #28 
  - Don't forget 'Amber'. Yes, people assume folks named Tiffany, etc. are stupid just as they...  MookieWilson   Oct-15-07 09:34 AM   #32 
     - yet most playboy playmates are named Susan of all things. (my name!)  soothsayer   Oct-15-07 09:53 AM   #36 
        - case in point! here's a susie centerfold from another du thread  soothsayer   Oct-15-07 04:02 PM   #40 
        - Most playmates and pole dancers use fake names.  greguganus   Jan-11-09 08:54 AM   #72 
  - Dweezil? Moon Unit? Whose your daddy???  Karenina   Oct-15-07 01:09 PM   #37 
  - Those 2 don't have to worry about money or making a living. n/t  greguganus   Jan-11-09 08:55 AM   #73 
  - What else needs changing to appease bigots?  freestyle   Oct-19-07 09:39 AM   #42 
  - Guess the author never reads NY Times, lived in Africa or heard of "NoRailway Mabuza"  HamdenRice   Oct-20-07 07:04 AM   #43 
  - For every black Aliz I've met I also know a white Aliz.  jmm   Oct-20-07 10:55 PM   #44 
  - There's a white Alize  bjorkfan   Oct-28-07 12:06 AM   #45 
  - she's making a lot of assumptions  noiretblu   Nov-01-07 03:28 PM   #46 
  - I kinda feel the same way about dumb white names  WildEyedLiberal   Apr-02-08 01:40 AM   #50 
  - "Kreaytive". I like that. Maybe I will name my daughter .......  kwassa   Apr-04-08 08:12 AM   #51 
  - Actually, people are using "boys" names so much for girls  fed_up_mother   Apr-25-08 07:54 PM   #55 
  - name discrimination is real  Sophia_Karina   Apr-29-08 01:30 AM   #56 
  - Sadly, Bjorkfan is right  cambrianexplosion2   May-01-08 10:56 PM   #57 
  - Try Being African-American and Named After A Plantation  AccessGranted   Jun-18-08 12:05 AM   #59 
  - Could have been worse. She could of named you Rhett. n/t  greguganus   Jan-11-09 08:58 AM   #74 
  - One of my ex-employees  MullenBank   Jul-02-08 06:15 PM   #60 
  - That caused a near spit take?  lwfern   Jul-08-08 09:16 PM   #61 
     - Holy phony leaping jeebus  MullenBank   Jul-11-08 09:48 PM   #63 
        - Integrate[x^2 Sin[x]^3, x]  joey5150   Jul-26-09 04:20 PM   #89 
  - Sha'Tavion  MullenBank   Aug-28-08 10:13 PM   #66 
  - I know someone named Chaquita. Every time I see her I have a craving for a banana. n/t  greguganus   Jan-11-09 09:00 AM   #75 
  - Integrate[x^2 Sin[x]^3, x]  joey5150   Jul-26-09 04:20 PM   #88 
  - I had an interesting talk with kids when I was subbing for a class  lwfern   Oct-11-08 10:22 AM   #67 
  - For me, who loves words and their sounds, it's the beauty of the name  morningglorysunday   Oct-25-08 01:08 PM   #69 
  - I like your approach.  ThomCat   Jan-12-09 08:11 PM   #77 
  - As for your examples, "Dick" is short for Richard, and "Colin" is usually  pulsatilla   Jun-14-09 02:04 PM   #83 
  - please check this obama video out  melanie1   Oct-24-08 10:40 AM   #68 
  - Ridiculous baby names transcend race  really annoyed   Nov-15-08 12:24 AM   #70 
  - Agreed  guardian   Dec-26-08 11:28 AM   #71 
     - Tylenol...wonder if anyone has ever named their child that. n/t  greguganus   Jan-11-09 09:02 AM   #76 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Feb-21-09 03:17 PM   #78 
  - my name  BlueStateBlackMan   Apr-16-09 01:49 AM   #79 
  - "bob or tom that have no heratige"  guardian   Jul-16-09 06:28 PM   #87 
  - How many Americans know the correct pronouciation of Irish names?  vincent_vega_lives   Jun-12-09 10:16 AM   #80 
  - Hmm  Azalea   Jul-16-09 04:11 PM   #86 
 

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