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It smacks of poverty; it reminds me of a poor, black high school dropout selling drugs to make ends meet (no offence to anyone of African descent). Do not use this horrid name.
-- Anonymous User  1/19/2007
It sounds like a verb, like "to de-shawn something". Ick! The "De" at the beginning don't really make sense. I think I'll stick with "Shawn", thank you.
-- scarletquillraven  3/23/2007
This makes me think of a bug spray to get rid of Shawns. The anti-Shawn. :)
-- WritersEye  6/19/2007
O, come on people, the name isn't that bad.
-- victoire  7/3/2007
Actually, the first people with this name who come up on Google are professional basketball players, so perhaps all the new little Deshawns are named after them. I hate the prefix, though, it looks silly to me.
-- Pie  10/22/2007
You all are so funny! Ok, while it may be urban I wouldn't say it sounds like a name for a drug dealer.
-- Honeyrose  12/25/2007
Horrific and unacceptable in my opinion. Why not just name your son Shawn/Sean? Why does it have to be an invented name?
-- IrishKisses  9/15/2010
I hate this name. It's ridiculous and ghetto. I'm black and NONE of my relatives have these ghetto names that non-black people don't use. They're ridiculous and don't give any hopes in the kid being successful in anything besides hip-hop.
-- Bonquiqui  6/2/2012
I don't like this name either, but I hate how all of you are describing it. Stop using words like "urban" and "ghetto" to cover up what you really mean: black. You're ignorant if you think this name can only be used on black people. Like someone said, this name is heavily popular in basketball. Also, even if only black people used it, is something wrong with that? I just looked up the name 'Ireland' (which I personally think is ridiculous) and everyone was praising it. I assume it's because they're Irish and they associate Ireland with great things. It's fantastic that the Irish community can coalesce over a name like that. But how come whenever there's a name that's "stereotypically black" (ex: Deshawn), it's a trashy and disgusting thing?
-- Icycoldhot  5/10/2015

The fact that there is a lot of contempt towards the name DeShawn is interesting to me. Not only is DeShawn my name, but I actually love my name and fully embrace the unique ethnicity that comes along with being called such. For me, the name is a distinction given to me by my mother who in my opinion not only wanted to distinguish me from others but took pride in giving me a certain type of prefix in front of my name that when called, there was a phonetic flavor that was often times different when among others but a collective appreciation when assembled among others in my community. Speaking from someone who is a Doctoral candidate and works in the helping profession, these discussions of what is urban, ghetto and unmentionably black is more times divisive in conversation than not; after all these words only have meaning to the attitudes and judgement that we give them.
-- DeShawn  9/8/2015
I love the name DeShawn. In fact, this is my name. I am an African-American female. I am not impoverished. I do not sell drugs and I have no gang affiliations. I am however, a business woman that holds an MBA degree. I work hard and I am proud of my family. The fact that so many people spoke so unfavorably about this name, including other African-Americans shows how much of a problem race still is in this country. Have pride in yourself and your race. To speak public about name that is used by a particular race without knowing the true meaning or interpretation is in my opinion depraved. The name DeShawn means- To be like God. How can one who has been named to personify God be nothing less than beautiful- inside and out.
-- Dwiggins404  9/19/2015

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