<p>None of these names have any base in any African cultures, so what exactly are they based on? And what's with sticking the prefix "De" or "Le" in front of common names? Is it a Creole legacy or something?</p>
<p>Exactly. They should continue to use the names of the masters who originally purchased their ancestors at auction! That's their culture now. What's with this attempt to create a faux culture? The one they were given here should suffice. Plus, it makes me suspicious...all these names with French sounds...that they're up to no good. I'd sleep much more easily if they just used American names like they're supposed to and get with the program.</p>
<p>well i believe everyone or every ethnic group has the right to name their offspring/themselves anything they want.</p>
<p>de and le are common french prefixes but since when does latifah or ladanian sound french ?? The whole 'ghetto'* naming culture is kindof weird but i have no problem with it. Ladanian is a cool name, and so are a few others, although several are kindof trashy. Atleast it's not like that woman in the midwest who named her child Yvonne, but pronounced it: Wy-vonny. Actually that wasn't the midwest, it was Bakersfield CA.... the midwest of CA. lol</p>
<p>*= not linking ghetto and black together directly ^^</p>
<p>People can name their kids whatever they want, but the truth of the matter is that the poorer someone is, the weirder the names tend to become, and in poorer black culture its gets even weirder. We need to have a seven person ALL MALE naming council in every city that accepts or rejects every name for newborn infants. I can already tell that this is going to be a huge fight with me and future wife when it comes to naming the baby, I like traditional names that have been passed down through the family, not these new weird names like Dakota, Riley, McKenzie, Tyonna, Michaela, and Zabavious.</p>
<p>my name is Zabavious ........................ i like it .....
I personally blame the '80s... as with most things gone wrong</p>
<p>BTW for a hilariously funny web article about bad baby names, read this:
<p>hahaha that is a awsome link.</p>
these guys make awsome short films. this one is pretty funny too.</p>
<p>My sister-in-law taught at a Title I school and getting the class roster for the new year was basically cause for the family to have a cookout and review the names. My all-time favorite name from those days: Clitoria Trembull.</p>
<p>If I was on the naming committee, that one would be difficult not to approve. Sure, the child was probably scarred by it. But it's pure genius. Evil genius, but genius all the same.</p>
ooooh clit !!!! dinner time hahah her gfriends call her clit or clitty.
that is just wrong.</p>
<p>Oh dear. Clitoria. I hate the word clitoris in the first place...why couldn't they find a better word? And then to make it a name is just hilarious.</p>
<p>Here's a funny video about racial names (not just about African Americans):
<p>Black names are the best...cause theyre basically names seem to be made up on the spot. I'll make up one right now and might name my kid that:</p>
<p>I think people are mixing black names w/ ghetto names. Sure ghetto names stereotypically belong to black ppl but they're 2 different things. Ghetto names are embarrassing at times.... My favorite names are ones that actually do go back to African culture like my friend's name is Menelik.</p>
<p>I think those names are in a rap song.. or at least names that sound like that. I hate rap.</p>
<p>African names and Black/Ghetto names are pretty easy to distinguish. LeCharles is ghetto, while Barack is African.</p>
<p>Jonathan1: I know what song you're talking about, and the names aren't as as bad as you interpret them to be. Listen carefully :)</p>
<p>Some idiot woman got a hospital menu after she had twins, and thought it was a naming guide. So she saw two lovely names that she liked - lemonjello and orangejello. No joke. I swear this is true.</p>
<p>Did you know in Sweden, or some scandinavian country, they have to get names approved? Some couple wanted to name their kid Metallica (which really isn't too bad considering all the ghetto and celebrity child names we have here) but the naming council rejected it because it was "too demonic sounding" and "dealt with rock music". Wow. Talk about oppression.</p>
<p>You know you dance to it wittle Jonny K.
Shameka , Kiesha, Tara,
Shonda, Sabrina, Crystal,Daronda
<p>that song is pretty badass</p>
<p>Princessbell, I know two kids named Lemonjello and Orangejello. It's not pronounced Orange-Jello, so you can't exactly tell unless it's written down.</p>
<p>Regardless, I've already vowed to name my first son D'Brickashaw, just because it's such a badass name.
Most of my teammates have kids now and are giving them awesome "black" names (mainly because they're black), but in the past few months there's been Jaelyn, Omari, Addisyn, and Reshaude born. I wish I could remember some of the others, but I can't right now.</p>
<p>hmm, i always assumed the name "Barack" came from the hebrew Barak/Baruch, i.e. the commander in Judges.</p>