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I was just reading about a baby named Padraig Clover. He has an Irish first name, and an Irish symbol as a middle name, but he isn’t Irish, nor was he born in Ireland. He’s half Mexican and half Filipino. He was born in Canada. His parents named him Padraig Clover because he was born on St. Patrick’s Day last year.
He reminded me of Yo Xing, who was born in the U.S. to an American father and an Australian mother, neither of whom is ethnically Chinese.
What do you think of baby names that come from cultures/countries that the baby is a not a part of (either via heritage or via birth)?
If you chose the middle option, please leave a comment and let us know what circumstances would make a name like this ok (or, conversely, not ok).
Australian artist/engineer Natalie Jeremijenko has three children:
- Mister Jamba-Djang Vladimir Ulysses Hope (girl)
- E Harper Nora (girl)
- Yo Xing Heyno Augustus Eisner Alexander Weiser Knuckles (boy)
Mister was born in 1987 to Jeremijenko and her then-boyfriend, an Australian rock musician. She goes by “Jamba-Djang” now. Jeremijenko had been “reading and loving Nabokov and Joyce at the time,” and admits to getting “a little carried away.”
E and Yo were born a few years later to to Jeremijenko and her husband, American sociologist Dalton Conley. E was inspired by the mathematical constant, and her parents call the name interactive because E can choose what “E” stands for. Yo’s name was lengthened in 2003 at his request to include the name of his father’s childhood dog, Knuckles. As of 2003, his was the longest name in NYC’s register.
Sources: The Impish Inventor, Name-dropping keeps city’s moniker monitor on the hop, An engineer for the avant-garde, The artist as mad scientist