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Southern names are a lot of fun. They sound so much nicer than boring old “John” or “Jane.” But what if you’re not Southern? Do you really want to give your child an embarrassing name that will make them the butt of every joke in school? What if it’s a girl and she wants to go into politics someday – can’t be too careful. We’ve got some advice for you, which includes 7 hard truths about southern names and how to face them with dignity.
– Southern names are the most common in the world.
– If it’s a girl, she’ll never be able to take her birth name as an adult.
a) The only acceptable job for young ladies is teacher or nurse, and they can’t have any of those unless their maiden name is good enough for white people to respect them. b) A woman with “Smith” on her resume will always get passed over in favor of someone named Smith who has taken care not to marry black men twice and doesn’t live next door to Mexicans (or worse). c) People with southern names don’t just give up their firsts when they change gender identity; there are no such thing as unpronounceable middle initials that can’t be shortened.
– Southern names are as likely to identify someone from the North then they are of being from Alabama or Louisiana, and that’s a problem for people who want to make up their own minds about a person without having prejudged them just because “Oakley” is familiar in both states.
a) The only acceptable job for young ladies is teacher or nurse, and they can’t have any of those unless their maiden name is good enough for white people to respect them. b) A woman with “Smith” on her resume will always get passed over in favor of someone named Smith who has taken care not to marry black men twice and doesn’t live next door to Mexicans (or worse). c) People with
First Name: Your first name is one of the most important parts of your identity.
Second Name: Second names are often passed down from generation to generation. They’re a way for families to remember their ancestors and honor them by carrying on that legacy in new ways.
Middle Names: Middle names are an opportunity for you to express yourself or commemorate someone who has had a profound influence on your life, like a relative, mentor, ancestor, hero, etc. However, they can be used as identifiers too so it’s best not to choose something common if you don’t want people knowing what it means or how exactly you spell it!
Last Name: Last names carry with them all sorts of history–sometimes hundreds of years of it. They’re a representation of generations past and present, successes, struggles, family traditions–all sorts of things! If you have a last name from an ethnicity other than your own heritage (in the US), congratulations on being part of our country’s diverse fabric. Use this to continue instilling tradition for future generations while honoring what came before you.
The Southern Names Series: The Hard Truths Revealed
-Your First Name is One Of The Most Important Parts Of Your Identity
-Second Names Are Passed Down From Generation To Generation
-“Middle” Names Provide An Opportunity For You To Express Yourself or Commemorate Someone Who Has Had A Profound Influence On Your Life & Last Names Carry With Them All
-Southern names are hard to pronounce and spell.
-Names like Tucker, Boone, Logan or Garrett can be challenging for people outside the south.
-Fortunately there is an easy fix! Add a southern accent when you say these popular southern last names: Tuker, Boonae, Loogahn or Gahreett. Pretty soon your friends will start calling them by their more familiar nicknames too – “Cooter,” “Logan” and “Garrett.” So remember this next time someone doesn’t know how to read your name on your shirt at work or wants to call out that lunch order in line behind you.. just add some Southern flair because after all it’s not really YOUR LAST NAME.
-Sometimes when you are trying to pronounce a name like Tucker or Boone that you do not know, the only way for people to figure out how to say it is by listening.
-This can be done in person at work, school or play: just listen and then repeat back what they said which will help them with their pronunciation skills too!
Might sound childish but hey – even if your child learns first from hearing other children talk before he/she learns from books, this is one of those little games where everyone wins because you all get better at communicating.
Besides most adults cannot read phonetically so why would we expect any different for grownups? It’s best just roll with it and keep the game going.
-Some people like to give nicknames or pet names to their loved ones with unusual, difficult sounding names: Tucker might be called Tuckie and Boone would become Boo-Boo for example – this is just one way that Southern families find ways they can make a tough situation more manageable.
-In addition, many parents do not want the burden of having a hard time pronouncing “Rusty” if his name were given as such so instead it becomes Royston which sounds much better in polite company!
It’s important to remember that how someone pronounces words has zero bearing on what you look like or who you are deep down inside.” “You don’t have thick skin? Fine
Southern names carry a lot of weight for those who live in the Southern United States. It is often seen as an identity that unites people from all over our region, and can help others recognize where we are from when we say it to them.
But there are many things about southern names that may surprise you. In this blog post, I am going to share seven hard truths with you about what they really mean:
-The average number of letters per name in America;
-What meaning your first initial has according to fortune telling and numerology;
-How much more likely someone with your last name will have certain mental health problems compared to other American citizens;
-And more! Continue reading
-Southern names are often given to young children by family members, typically grandparents.
-The name is usually taken from a person who the child shares a physical or personality trait with and can be of any age. For example, if you share your grandmother’s love for honey buns, she might name her granddaughter Honey Bun Smith.
*Note: do not use this as an opportunity to make up information about why someone was given their name!*
-There is no real standardization in how people spell Southern names (e.g., Hollie vs Holly). This makes it difficult for Southerners outside of the region to know how to pronounce them properly because there isn’t always agreement even among native speakers. -Southern names are often abbreviated. If someone’s name is Mary Catherine, they might be called by their initials “M.C.” or just “Mary” and thus have no middle name (at least not one that goes public). *Note: do not use this as an opportunity to make up information about why someone was given their name!* -Many Southern women don’t change their last names when they get married, but rather hyphenate them with the spouse’s surname. However, it isn’t unheard of for a woman in traditional circles to take her husband’s last name instead of keeping hers if she feels more connected to his family than her own birth family. Women who take on new