My partner and I are in the process of picking names for our April baby, and one of the girl names we absolutely love is Indiana. We love the nickname Indi/Indy, which is what we would call our child most of the time, but also love the long form Indiana. We think it has an adventurous yet femine flair to it. Anyways, I'm not looking for validation about the quality of Indiana as a name, but I worry about cultural connotations.
Indiana is mostly known as the state of Indiana, which was so named as the 'land of the indians'. We don't have any association to that state (we're not american), nor to native americans, but we are aware that large groups of native americans really hate being called 'Indians'. For us, as non-americans, we just love how Indiana sounds as a name, and don't associate it to the state. However, we do live in the US, so are somewhat worried about how the name will be perceived.
is it offensive for us to call our baby girl Indiana because of the loaded associations with the state of Indiana, and that the term 'indians' were often used against native americans?Any advice appreciated.
Wed, 10/17/2018 - 9:37am