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Subject: Calling all Demented Adults
Author: Nanaea   (Authenticated as Nanaea)
Date: November 8, 2001 at 8:40:29 AM
I stumbled across the website for The Institute for Naming Children Humanely and now I'm curious as to what comments others here may have on it.

INCH states that: "Mocked, stereotyped, and ostracized children grow to become demented adults." So, people, don't say you weren't warned when all the little Jennifers and Roberts in the schoolyard persecute your little Tamsins and Atticuses. :)

In all fairness, though, I think the website makes a few good points about naming. But in the section titled "Multicultural Mish-Mash" the writer comes off as having "issues" with multiculturalism in general by including the names of Bernardo O'Higgins (who wasn't even born in the U.S.A.) and Eamon De Valera at the end of an article complaining about American naming trends supposedly having come about since the 1960s. (Ivan Rodriguez, at least, was born after the '60s.)

Eamon de Valera's New York City name didn't offend or confuse the people of Ireland whom he supported at the beginning of the last century, and who eventually elected him their President.

But I can see how the combination of two different cultures in a single name might be disturbing to some Americans who find comfort in stereotyping, and who might have been driving themselves crazy with the question: Was Eamon de Valera really an Irishman or a Hispanic?

-- Nanaea

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