Naming a Baby: Cultural Heritage

We hear quite a bit about heritage and culture today, and agree that these are important. It is interesting and useful to know the struggles and triumphs of one's ancestors. Names often have cultural ties, and we haven't felt the need to make a stand against these stereotypes; therefore, this plays a part in narrowing down our list of names. I may be wrong in my assessment, but it seems like a Chinese man named Steve would not hold as much cultural sway with fellow Chinese men and women as they would probably consider this man westernized. Should this be a factor in naming our child? Maybe not, but the reality is that it is a factor for us, and we have considered a few names briefly only to toss them out because they do not fit within the naming structures of our heritage.

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