@worldtraveler: I have an ‘unusual’ / hard to pronounce cultural name, actually growing up in a city of over 100,000 people, I can tell you that I am the only person that had my name growing up in that city! We were the only ones with our last name in the phone book, and some of my good friends still don’t have the pronounciaction of my last name quite right.
I thought I was going to change my last name to my husbands right away when we got married, actually (we’ve been together 7 years) I started using his last name before we married, because it is so much easier to pronounce than mine. But now I’m not so sure I want to change mine completely even if it is so hard to pronounce!
It was tough growing up with the weird name i won’t lie. I had teachers for a whole year that still couldn’t get my name quite right by the lat day of school, actually, My now husband even mispronounced my name for a week when we first met LOL
Only once has a prospective employer asked me “how much English I know”, which is rude yes, considering I was born and raised in Canada, but aside from that, I haven’t had too many hardships in the realm of jobs and employment opportunities.
I don’t think we should eliminate cultural name because these names are different or hard to pronounce. I guess it depends where you are, but Canada for the most part is pretty mixed, and you’ll always have newgenerations that come from other countries, as well as people like myself who are first generation Canadians who have kids that have a differing cultural heritage.
As it stands the potential baby names my husby and I have picked are actually from neither of our cultures (my parents are east Indian and he’s French canadian) just because they feel right to us. They feel like the names OUR kids should have, and honestly our boy name is a little out there, but I love it, and I will be so happy if I have a son one day to give it to.
They’re your kids, name them what you want. I don’t know why we are all so quick to judge, we all have our own personal reasons for naming our children what we name them, I never understood what the big debate over what other people name their kids is about. Maybe it’s because I was the brown girl, with the weird name, I don’t know lol
Honestly I think it’s sweet you’d like to name your kids for your SO’s culture!
*Just because I don’t really care if you know my actual name ; it’s Archana Srivastava, and no I dont have a middle name, no other name to fall back on but my own!