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Black Sounding Names = Unemployment?

My first name is Special. My name and other non-traditional names such as Shaneequa, Tomeka, or Shequeta are sometimes considered black (or ghetto) because they are not found in baby books, are not commonplace, and they are either spelled exactly how they sound or they cannot really be determined from the spelling. There are people that cater to the logic that “a distinctively black name could end up being an economic impediment” so people should refrain from giving their children such names. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/29/national/main575685.shtml I believe that people shouldn’t be so quick to judge someone’s name as "black". Additionally, some names testify to the mother's creativity--which is true in my case. A name is a definitive part of a person...what better way to make a good impression that to have an awesome name to be remembered by? http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/03_44/b3856038_mz007.htm I'm sorry if I didn't make the question clear. I was asking "what better way to make an impression than with a memorable name?" Also, "why does a black sounding name equate difficulties getting a job?" I've chose to include my first name on my job applications. I refuse to let someone else's hang-ups cause me to use my middle name. Besides, I have a VERY common middles name, so I'd hate to be on the other end of the spectrum w/ ppl forgetting my name; I'm too used to being remembered I guess.. BTW, I know a few white ppl that have traditional/black sounding names (ex: Yolanda, Tasha--which Natasha's really a Russian name, Tomiko, southern names: Eula, Lula, and Beulah; I also know ppl of other ethnicities that have black sounding names as well... Dreamy: My name has sentimental value for me...so I can't give into the temptation of using my middle name or using only the S and my last name. Latinesse: Yeah, I watched that Vh1 special about crazy celeb baby names (http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/vh1_all_access/93352/episode.jhtml) too. I was amazed! weisse_14: well, that's your choice, but you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. the other person that meets your 'preference' may not be to your liking either after you meet them. you should always very every side of a story...

Asked By: special s - 11/7/2007
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Hi Special, IDK quiet what your question is but I don't judge anyone by their name. I am white but I like those unusual and non traditional names. My name is Debbie. I wish it were something cool. My friend named her son Xavier and he is the only one that I know of here with that name. You might say Debbie who or... More
Answered By: whaticantbeme - 11/7/2007
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You're right about the distinctively black sounding name could be an economic impediment part. That's why I use my middle name when I apply for jobs. My first name is Dream. I don't think it sounds ghetto, but it's unique. And there are people with worse names out there that can't do anything...
Answered By: Dreamy - 11/7/2007
 
Names like this are starting to appear in baby books under "African American Names". Of course you can name your kid anything you want but you have to be realistic and ask yourself if you wanting to be "creative" is worth having your child branded with a negative stereotype, especially an african american child who... More
Answered By: lhallums82 - 11/7/2007
 
whites are racist and ignorant!
Answered By: giveugoodlovin86part2 - 11/7/2007
 
Oh that is sad I hope that is not true as I would hate to hear nothing but Dick and Jane for the rest of my life. I think people are definately going for the unusual pretty names. That is biased and I think so very wrong.
Answered By: chloewinters2007 - 11/7/2007
 
What about names like Ruby Sweetheart, Pilot Inspector, Honey, Apple, Reign Beau, Precious Unique and Mamie? White people named their kids that. They're "unique sounding" alright... More
Answered By: laitnesse - 11/7/2007
 
I have a gender-neutral name. Most people, prior to meeting me, expect me to be male. Specifically, they expect me to be white and male. It doesn't help that I am an engineer. When I have walked into job interviews, the interviewers have often been so flustered because they are not expecting a short black female... More
Answered By: badkitty1969 - 11/7/2007
 
One word! White racism.
Answered By: *Seetheworld* - 11/7/2007
 
I wouldn't want any professional that was working for me (lawyer, accountant etc) to have the 'names' 'Shaneequa, Tomeka, or Shequeta'
Answered By: weisse_14 - 11/7/2007
 
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