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One of the biggest concerns in the Black community is that a child can be given a name that is “too ethnic” and they will be taken out of consideraiton for a job when they get older. Well, I don’t know what race the Steeles are but they recently said “happy birthday” to Krimson Tyde.
That’s right, Steven and Summer Steele welcome 7 pound and 5 ounce Krimson Tyde Steele into the world on Saturday. At 20 inches long, little Miss Krimson was born in Andalusia, Ala., according to USA Today. Steven and Summer, if you haven’t already guessed it are huge fans of the University of Alabama’s football team, the Alabama Crimson Tide.
There are no pictures of Krimson, just an announcement in the local paper, but we’re sure she’s cute.
But Summer and Steven…really? You name your child after an entire football team? Oh, and then got cute with the names by spelling them different? We all need to pull out any seats we have and offer them to have one each. Any one.
No word on how the Crimson Tide football team felt about such an…honor.
Bless that baby’s heart. She won’t even be able to use the first initial and then use her middle name as her “primary” name. Well, maybe she’ll just have a great, strong personality and be fabulous as “Krimson.” There are worse names.
People name their babies all kinds of crazy names, so when we first heard about a judge forcing a couple to change the name of their child from Messiah, we were confused. Now a legal battle has ensued. A Wisconsin-based nonprofit association of atheists and agnostics has filed a complaint against a Tennessee judge for changing a baby’s name from Messiah to Martin, according to The Huffington Post.
The saga started at a paternity hearing last week when Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered a child’s name changed from Messiah DeShawn Martin to Martin DeShawn McCullough. “Martin is the surname of the child’s mother, while McCullough is the surname of the child’s father,” reports HuffPo.
In her order, Ballew stated she made the change because “`Messiah’ is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ.”
Following this ruling, the Freedom from Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the Board of Judicial Conduct accusing Ballew of violating the state’s code of judicial conduct. It is worth noting that states do regulate what you can and can’t name your child. For instance, in California, a baby’s name can’t contain an accent and in Texas, you can’t use a Roman numeral as a suffix (so Gary Smith 3 isn’t allowed).
In 2009, reports TIME, a New Jersey bakery refused to decorate a cake for a child name Adolf Hitler Campbell, but the state couldn’t step in because the only baby-naming law in New Jersey prohibits “obscenity, numerals, or symbols.”
The law does allow the government to step in against the parents on a child’s behalf when the children are “vulnerable,” the article says. But experts TIME spoke with say the issue here is the basis of Ballew’s decision, which is religious in nature. On the other hand, in New Zealand, you might have a problem since courts there have overruled names like Fish and Chips and Tulula Does The Hula From Hawaii.
Do you think little Martin will be Messiah again sometime soon?
We often joke about the weird or “hood” names people tend to give their children. But at the end of the day, most of us understand that in most cases, people should have the right to name their children whatever they want.
But apparently, a Tennessee judge didn’t see it that way. Child Magistrate, Lu Ann Ballew ordered that 7 month old Messiah Deshawn Martin’s name be changed to Martin DeShawn McCullough. Messiah or Martin’s parents were in court for a child support question, when the baby’s last name came into question. Judge Ballew ruled that Messiah could cause the little boy problems growing up in a predominately Christian area.
“It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has no choice in what his name is.”
That argument is quite interesting considering that this particular Messiah wouldn’t be the first child to be named such. According to the US Social Security Administration, 700 babies were named Messiah just last year. (And then there’s T.I.’s son Messiah who you can see on television every week.)
The name change she ordered includes both parents’ last names. She continued explaining her decision.
“The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ.”
In the Christian religion Jesus is regarded as the messiah, the savior of humanity, while in Judaism that person has yet to appear. Today, the dictionary defines messiah as “one who is anticipated as, regarded as, or professes to be a savior or liberator.”
Messiah/Martin’s mother, Jalessa Martin says that she chose the name because she liked the way it sounded and it went with her other children’s names Micah and Mason.
In an interview with NBC affiliate WBIR, Martin said she would appeal the decision.
“I didn’t think a judge could change my baby’s name because of her religious beliefs.”
Watch the video of the mother, son and Judge Ballew explaining her decision below.
What do you think about this judge’s decision?
We’re going to have to add Laila Ali to our growing list of celebs who give zero you know what’s about holding their tongue. Hip Hollywood recently caught up with the boxing champ at an event and when they asked her thoughts on some of the unique baby names celebrities have been passing on to their kids these days, well, she had another name for them: stupid. Here’s the quote:
“I don’t like crazy names. I don’t like them. I don’t think it makes any sense. And then you have to think about the child as they get older and what they have to deal with. A lot of people do this because it’s a fad and they want to get some attention, but this is your child.
“For me, if it’s crazy, but cool and nice and makes sense, then that’s one thing. But north and south and leaf and water drop and all these names, it’s like, c’mon now. I don’t care who you are; that’s just stupid.”
Not leaf and water drop though?!
There’s no denying Laila is bringing up some good points about people exploiting their children for attention, but when it comes to the North Wests and Blue Ivy’s of the world, it’s not as though they’ll be filling out resumes on career builder trying to get a job. In other words, no matter what their mamas and daddies call them, they’ll be aiight.
Check out the interview below where actress Garcelle Beauvais also weights in on the unique baby name trend. What do you say, real talk or shade?
A baby’s name is the first gift a parent gives his or her child, and thanks to the popularity of the celebrities listed here, these names have quickly grown to become popular among parents. Initially reported in the Huffington Post, here are 13 increasingly popular baby names inspired by the rich and very famous.
Judging from this year’s list of most popular baby names, it’s clear that Americans love the letter J. From James to Joshua to Jessica, the Js represented very well, although not all of those names made the top 15. The most popular names have changed considerably from year to year as evinced by the fact that Abigail and Jessica have moved out of the top ten. You may be surprised by a few of the names that have surged to the top. As usual, celebrities have helped to influence this list. Check it out and see the top 15 boy and girl names of 2012.
These days celebrities are naming their babies some unique — some would say weird — names. Beyonce and Jay’s little girl is Blue Ivy. Gwyneth Paltrow named her daughter Apple (though the name is catching on). And then there is Erykah Badu, who is a whole different category. Her son is Seven Sirius and her daughter is Puma.
None of these are among the most popular names just released by BabyCenter, which revealed their annual list of top 100 baby names for 2012. Ahead of the pack for boys is Aiden once again (as it has been for eight consecutive years); Sophia is tops for girls, as it has been for three years running. New to the top 10 are the names Mia and Jack. For girls the others in the top 10 include Emma, Olivia, Isabella, Ava, Lily, Zoe, Chloe, and Madison. Rounding out the top 10 boys names are: Jackson, Ethan, Liam, Mason, Noah, Lucas, Jacob, Jayden, and Jack.
“BabyCenter’s name list is based on the names of 450,000 babies born this year to mothers registered with the BabyCenter website,” reports Moms Today.
Some names may seem cute at the time, but did you know it could affect your child’s future job propects—and even education? According to various studies, a name can affect how a child is perceived in school and how an adult might perform on a job. In fact, according to one study, “49% of teachers make assumptions about children based on their name,” reports Business Insider.
And it’s not just the teachers who make judgment calls on kids because of their names. Other kids do as well. One study by parenting club Bounty.com, found that five-year-olds judge their classmates by their names. “Making decisions based strictly on names, four- and five-year-olds told Jack Daniel, a professor of communication at the University of Pittsburgh, that Sarah is smarter than Shaniqua, that they would rather play with Megan than Tanisha, and that Jamal was more likely to take a bite out of their sandwich than Adam,” writes Business Insider.
After school, a person’s name could steer them to one profession versus another, according to the magazine. “Unique names might not benefit your child when it comes to a future job hunt. Career success is often predicted on gender stereotype. And women with feminine names like Emma, Marta and Winnifred are expected to succeed as nurses and hair stylists. Men named Frank, Hank and Boris are expected to succeed as plumbers, truck drivers and electricians,” says Business Insider.
Try getting a high-end executive gig with the name Twanna. You might not even get an interview, an investigative report by 20/20/ABC discovered. Like it or not, racist views — whether overt or subconscious — can cause employers to turn down potential employees just based on their name. “Job recruiters are 17% more likely to download resumes with white-sounding names than those with black-sounding names,” reports Business Insider. Roland Fryer, an economist and assistant professor at Harvard University, told the site, “A distinctively black name tells us that a person typically comes from a neighborhood that has higher poverty, lower income, more likely to have teen mothers, et cetera.”
So, a name is more than just a name.
by Marissa Ellis
Here’s a hint: the most popular girl’s name isn’t Jessica! It’s not even close actually.
The Social Security Administration today announced the most popular names for babies born in 2011. The findings are quite interesting. Along with the list, the SSA also hypothesizes as to how celebrities have influenced the list of baby names. Although Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy was born too late (at the start of 2012) to influence the list, we’re sure we’ll see some influence by the next round.
The name Mason came in second for most popular boy’s names. It first cracked the top ten in 2010, and the SSA thanks the Kardashians, and Kourtney Kardashian’s son Mason especially, for the big bump in popularity.
Although the names included in the top ten list for girls all seem nice and simple, it’s interesting to see that Jennifer and Jessica are missing from the top ten, indicating a strong cultural shift in names.
As for the boy’s names, it’s surprising to see Jayden in the top five – a name that immediately conjures up an image of Will Smith’s son (who spells it Jaden) and African-American boys. Despite my own associations, the #4 most popular boys name not only ranks high amongst Hispanic and African-American babies but also Asian-American boys, although it ranks very low amongst white babies. The New York Times noted that the rise in popularity of Jayden is associated with the fact that Britney Spears named her son Jayden in 2006. Very interesting indeed…
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Naming your child is an important task that shouldn’t be taken lightly. This is the name people will call your little bundle for the rest of his or her life…Unless it’s so terrible that they have to change it– like in the case of 9 year old New Zealand girl named Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii. (Don’t worry the court ordered that she become a ward of the state until she could legally change it.)
Most people, black people included, take the power to determine what a child will be called very seriously. Black people, always known for setting trends, have a legacy of naming their children something unique (if not the word “Unique” itself). There’s history behind the tradition though. In the 1960s, black parents were deciding to do away with the traditional, European names in favor of celebrating African tradition or creating and blending their own new sounds.
So while we know the history behind such “interesting” names, there are still some that just give us pause. Check out this list of names that just do way too much and not enough at the same time.
Asher tops the list of hottest boys’ names so far this year and Pippa is #1 for girls. Pippa of course is the cutie pie little sis of Kate Middleton, Prince William’s new bride. Rounding out the top five for boys names are Arlo, Everett, Flynn and Archer.
Elula comes in at #2 for babygirls followed by Elula, Luna, Hadley and Mila.
Do those names sound cute to you? Are there any celebs or celeb children you would name your future munchkins after?