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Honestly just name your kid whatever name as long as it has a good meaning or basically just not insulting or something.
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I don't think an unusual middle name would be a problem, but I would have to think carefully about a first name. I really like some Japanese names, but I worry more about someone saying it is appropriation or doesn't make sense than ridicule just because it is unusual. A lot of people probably wouldn't even recognize a name as Japanese. There is also the option of equivalent names, for example tsubaki is the Japanese word for camellia, and both words are used as names (I think it is the same word, and not a situation like aoi being the adjective for blue but meaning something else as a name).
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NyakoMayushii wrote:

I am Hispanic, went my whole childhood with a French name (Lissette) I know what it's like to have to correct over half the teachers mispronouncing it. No big deal I just expected it and shrugged it off. Also no one actually made fun of me for it. I just had to teach them how to pronounce it. Plus even if she didn't have a weird name, people would find something else to mock her about. (Her hair, her laugh, her way of talking, her like or dislike of some stupid trendy thing etc)
I knew a counselor who's name is Yuri, she's hispanic too. I wish I had asked why her parents given her that name!

But yeah, I personally wouldn't use a Japanese name because I can't honestly say that it's not coming from a weeb reason.
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the only thing I have to contribute is; There is a fine line between naming a baby, and labeling a baby. Make sure you aren't giving your child a name that only expresses your personality, that only serves a purpose for you. That's how you name pets. You're not going to be raising a baby, you GIVE BIRTH to a baby, but it will shortly no longer be a baby and then you are instead raising a PERSON, one that is separate from you, that will have their own wants and goals and life and personhood. So, if you're trying to serve only your own ends by giving them a name that expresses YOUR personality, fate will disappoint you. Being a fan of anime, being an enthusiast of Japanese culture is great. for you. but a baby isn't a possession so make sure you aren't just expressing your enthusiasm for your hobby by extending it to this other future person, cus that's how you choose a t-shirt, not a baby's name. I don't think it has anything to do with whether other people would approve of the name or tease them, and I suspect people that may have voiced that opinion to you only did so because they didn't want to say to you what I just did.

Have you considered changing your OWN name?
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Posted 6/18/16
Depends on the mother, if she was Japanese then sure. But I like naming after constellations.
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Posted 6/18/16
ehh maybe
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I want to give my child a last name that's job related to help the chances of employment, like "bun" or "smith"
I don't know if it's ego motivated or if employers have a sense of humor, but there is a stronger correlation than how common the name so it probably doesn't hurt.
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I heard that if you give it name that are unacceptable in the public the Judge will intervene and make you change the name. There one story that this Mother who happen to like the name Lucifer, and she named her son Lucifer.. And as you can guess the public didn't like that one bit because its associate with the Devil/Satan. She said that she just like the name, and it had nothing to do with Satan.. Just like the sound of the name "Lucifer".

I don't think this take place in USA not sure.

Of course she changed to common name ((can't remember what name she changed it to.))
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Posted 6/18/16
Hasn't it been becoming a trend to give your kids exotic names look at the celebrities naming their kids. ( Blue Ivy, Suri Cruise, Coco Riley, Sailor Lee,....etc)

Do what you want to do. As long as you like the name there shouldn't be a problem.

I like the name Yuki.
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Posted 6/18/16
I would name mine Olivia
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That might be weird and she might get teased if she doesn't look Japanese or has a Japanese background. Sounds awful but it is what it is.
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ceaserx wrote:

if its a girl i would call her senjougahara
You realize that's her family name right?


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Hail_King_Kakao wrote:

I mean it won't be that weird. My mum and dad gave me both a Japanese and English name though. So I imagine if I were to have a kid I would do the same, or a name that works both in japanese and english.
Not that I would ever have a kid.


Both my kids have Japanese middle names. They are named after their grand parents. Miranda Hisako and Nathan Kenji. They are pretty dark skinned. They look like dark Filipinos.
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Side story: My last name has been mispronounced my whole life and I am sure even back several generations. It uses a different of spelling, as Cooper (barrel making) was the is the standard spelling, when people started taking surnames from their lively trades way back in history (people named Smith, worked in blacksmiths with metal, that kind of of thing). Because it has a different letter third one in, everyone turns it into a two syllable surname where the first 3 is named after the creature that beef comes from and when ever I am stuck with someone else that has the same first name I am usually end up going by last name shorted to Cow which I hate (Hint: When your in a public place and know there are like 3 people that have the same first name as you, you all end up going by last names. Mine sucks as it reminds me of those stupid things that go "Moo!" and make milk)

Moral of the story:
If you are a girl, you can change your family name easily if you get married.

If you are a guy, you can change it if you want....but thankfully nobody remembers highschool sex education cause some ancestor directly or indirectly named something involved with the wiener after himself using the surname. I would travel back in time and kill him if I could, in high school when your teacher was describing this male organ most of the class turned around to look at me cause the surname was spot on as mine. That was embarrassing

(tl;dr - my last name is named the same as something in a guy's wiener , human ego makes people idiots when they have to name something after themselves that isn't a child )
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Posted 6/18/16
No, I would not give my child a Japanese name.
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