Post # 1
My sister is pregnant, and due at the end of October. They thought they had settled on the name Bridget, but she was watching the food chanel and fell in love with the name Giada. However, neither my side of the family nor her husbands are Italian. At all. We’re Welsh Canadian and his side is French Canadian. While my sister loves the name, I think it’s a bit odd to name your child from a culture that we have no connections to. Also, I believe the more Italian pronoucation is JAH-dah, while she wants to use the Jee-AH-dah.
Thoughts? Would you ever give your child a name from a culture you are not?
Post # 3
My cousin and her husband chose the name Isaac for their son and my Grandmother’s friends started asking if her husband was Jewish. He’s not. My Grandmother wasn’t taken aback by these comments it was more of “Of course I had to explain to Gladys that they’re not Jewish”. So I definitely wouldn’t choose anything that was extreme because apparently Isaac is too far out! Lol.
Post # 4
I would give my child a name I liked that I and FI thought suited him/her, regardless of what cultural background it came from.
Post # 5
@cirk: The Italian pronunciation is more JYAH-dah, but the ee sound she’s wanting to use is definitely in line with that pronunciation.
I don’t think there’s anything weird about it. There are plenty of names out there that were at one point associated with one culture over another but are now used very widely.
Post # 6
If I really loved the name, I probably would.
Post # 7
@ellisrobertson: yes, my name ‘Jacqueline’ is originally French but is now widely used across the world, and I am not French
Post # 8
@Jacqui90: I’m an Erin. 🙂 Pretty specific in origin.
Post # 9
@ellisrobertson: thanks for correcting the pronoucation. I wasn’t sure what it really was, she just told me she liked it as Jee-AH-dah more.
I do like it, it just… well it screams Italian to me haha. But thanks for the comments. I guess I never thought about names that have a French or Italian or Welsh background and are now commonly used as English names.
Post # 10
@cirk: 🙂 I understand. I had a coworker whose grandson was named Giovanni. I agree that there are names that “scream” one thing or another. Like Guido or Madeline or…my brain is too tired for more examples! I understand that it seems unusual at first, but it’s easy to get used to a name when it stops being an abstract and starts being about the person it’s attached to.
My fiancé’s son’s name is Sebastian. I think it is the most pretentious name they could have given the kid short of Reginald Harvey Joseph Harold Erickson III. I seriously hate it. But after a while, it just became a series of sounds used to express my frustration with him 😉 I’m kidding, but really, it’s stopped being so grating / jarring and just became part of who he is.
Post # 11
I would pick a name from a different culture but it would have to be a name that’s pretty popular so that the first association isn’t the culture. Like, I wouldn’t name my kid Henrik (even though I love that name) bc that kid is definitely not going to be a Nordic hockey player.
Post # 12
I loved the name Jai. In Hindu it means victory/victorious. We are not Hindu but I love the name and the meaning so we named our second son Jai. Jai also has a Thai/Chinese meaning. First son was Jordan. Love that name too. Third son is Jared. Still getting used to that one (Daddys pick) 🙂
If we ever had a girl, which probably not because whew, three boys are enough, I would consider Giada. Thats a nice name.. I might spell it with a J though..
Post # 13
I think it depends on how commonly accepted the name is. Like Issac, that’s acceptable name for anyone, IMO, because it’s a common boys name. Giada… that’s really, really Italian.
Post # 14
No, but only because family names mean so much to me. I don’t think its strange if other people do this though.
Post # 15
I would if I loved the name! But the main criterion for me is that the name be pronounceable in both French and English (since we are bilingual living in Montreal) so that eliminates alot of names from other cultures…
Post # 16
@cirk: I’m with you — I wouldn’t do it. And it’s too bad, because there are lots of names from other cultures that I LOVE — but IMO, it would just be weird.