Cultural/religiously meaningful names: Is there an unspoken law preventing usage?
Hello, I'm really not in an immediate hurry for real naming suggestions (19 and fortunately not needing names yet), however I love thinking about names, and one pattern I've found myself falling into since I was about 13 is falling in love with obviously foreign names, most commonly Jewish, Germanic or Russian. Names such as Anastasia, Tatiana (which is a no go now as my younger sister [who is five) is named Tiana), Hedy, Anja and Edel. However I recently came across the name Zipporah and I absolutely love the sound of it, however I know the religious implications coming with the name and I was raised in a non-religious family, and I am pretty well non-religious myself. However, I do find that I am perhaps the word is Culture-Hungry, being as I am an Australian whose distant ancestral links are Scottish and English. To me, I feel that Australia is such a mix of cultures, that it just doesn't have a tangible identity (or if it does, it is the Laconic Bushman hero, and his Laconic, hard working, hardened wife archetypes which are often held up by Australian people, yet are realistically nonexistent (I'm thinking here characters such as in the works of Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson) I feel like I don't have a culture or traditions in my family or surroundings so I grasp towards what I don't have (this here, is the only way I can explain my absolute fascination with head scarfs and beautiful foreign clothing). Therefore there are multifaceted reasons as to why this name could go badly for me, namely my parents and the religious communities ( I live in a strongly catholic region in Australia).
Anyhow, what I really want to ask is, do you believe there is a sort of unspoken rule about the use of culture-specific names, or cultural-important names outside of said culture?
And if there is, how strongly do you believe the reaction would be to a breaking of this rule?
Further, if there is in fact such a rule, must I take Australian Aboriginal names out of contention as I am an outsider in this group also.
(Perhaps I shall be left with little Victorias and Elizabeths despite the fact that we are also on the outer of Monarchial England. )
Thanks for taking time to read my hodge-podge of a dilema, I hope it made sence and that I don't seem like a complete fool to you all, it's just something I feel the need to clarify with other name loving folk.
Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:56am