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4,097 hits 1.8 (4 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 5 years ago by CowDung

Is it wrong for white people to name their child Ebony?


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4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/22/14 - 3:09:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Now that you mention the issue, kinda. I've honestly never met anyone called Ebony though.
4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/22/14 - 3:13:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
would ivory be better?
4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/22/14 - 3:34:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
I knew a girl names Ebony once. She was black.
I think it'd be so strange to be a white girl named Ebony.
Just think... what kind of comments would you get on a daily basis?
4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/22/14 - 4:51:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't see why it would be wrong.
4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/22/14 - 6:05:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ebony. Princess. Precious.

White folk shouldn't be using those names.
4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/22/14 - 6:14:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Don't know about shouldn't... but it is weird. For no reason at all other than it is weird.
4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 12/22/14 - 6:23:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
I was being intentionally obnoxious, as opposed to my usual blissfully unaware obnoxious. I don't really care, but there are names that I rarely see anyone but Black People use.
4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 12/23/14 - 10:15:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
I thought it was kind of strange when my White friend in Hawaii named his first child something from native Hawaiian... but shortly thereafter I learned his wife had lived in Hawaii her entire life and it was pretty clear they were never leaving, so...

"Ebony" literally means "black." I would consider it strange for a White girl to be named "Ebony" or "Mahogany" or "Obsidian" just like I find it weird for girls to be named "April," "June," or "November" if they weren't born in that specific month.
4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 12/23/14 - 2:59:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Eh. White people name their kids 'Ruby' and 'Scarlet'. These children aren't actually red.
4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 12/23/14 - 3:03:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
maybe it's to encourage them to be well read
4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 12/23/14 - 4:42:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. It's not illegal. As far as I know any American has the right to name their child anything they want. Unless maybe it's a trademark name. I think you would run into trouble if you named your child "Windex" or something. (though I did read a story once about a couple that was trying to sell the naming rights for their child). But other than that, whatever your race, you can name your child anything you want.
4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 12/23/14 - 9:19:33 PM EST (GMT-5)

4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 12/23/14 - 11:03:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
I particularly like Dacron and Sinutab. If I have anymore children, I might use those.
4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 12/23/14 - 11:10:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm changing my name to Propecia.
4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 12/23/14 - 11:22:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 12/23/14 - 2:59:00 PM chips2001 wrote:
Eh. White people name their kids 'Ruby' and 'Scarlet'. These children aren't actually red.


Unless they're sunburnt gingers
4 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 12/23/14 - 11:23:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Or...sunburnt...any pale kids...
But the gingers are extra red.
4 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/15 - 8:19:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm gonna go with "Yes."

I mean...why, people, why?
4 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/15 - 8:03:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 12/23/14 - 9:19:33 PM IRLIteach wrote:
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"Sinutab?" Wouldn't that be some kind of trademark infringement? Isn't there a cold medicine called that?

And none of those Asian names are Asian.
4 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/15 - 8:04:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^Which goes back to the comment I made right before that was posted.
3 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 2/5/16 - 1:25:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 12/22/14 - 3:13:45 PM skyfish wrote:
would ivory be better?


If I had twins, I'd name one Ebony and the other Ivory...
3 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 2/5/16 - 1:29:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's strange but I don't think it's wrong.
3 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 2/5/16 - 4:56:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
As wrong as it is for a black kid to be called 'Blanche'
3 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 2/5/16 - 6:50:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's no different than the Caucasians who have the last name of Black or the African-Americans who have the last name of White.
3 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 2/5/16 - 7:19:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 2/5/16 - 6:50:03 PM bookworm0812 wrote:
It's no different than the Caucasians who have the last name of Black or the African-Americans who have the last name of White.

Those last names have been around way longer than those colors have been synonymous with race.
3 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 2/5/16 - 7:25:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 2/5/16 - 6:50:03 PM bookworm0812 wrote:
It's no different than the Caucasians who have the last name of Black or the African-Americans who have the last name of White.
On Friday 2/5/16 - 7:19:55 PM IRLIteach wrote:
Those last names have been around way longer than those colors have been synonymous with race.


Yeah, but you also don't know a person's reason behind choosing a name. Maybe a Caucasian had an African-American friend that was so close that they were practically sisters (or brothers or brother and sister) and then friend passed away. They might want to name their child after them to honor them.

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