Leave Your Name at the Border

This New York Times article about living with Spanish surnames in the oft-xenophobic US was compelling, and I hope one trend it points to — assimilation by adopting Anglo names — stops. A world populated only by Bryan, Daniel, Mary, and Elizabeth would be pretty depressing.

That said, there is something positive about de-racializing naming if it happens collectively, rather than by eliminating the names of one group. I know a number of couples who have given their children non-traditional names. Examples:

  • Killian
  • Zayden
  • Niazayre
  • Pilar

So maybe…one day…this man can be named Enjefu Schootersmith.

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