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Robinson vs. Barack vs. Sidney

My husband and I like to name our children after strong African Americans in history. We have two children- Luther and Hattie. We are now expecting another boy and can’t agree on a name. Which is best?

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Poll created: Jul 14, 2013
Total Votes: 15


Robinson maybe a nn Robbie? NOT BARACK!
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Robinson and Sidney are both great names. Barack is a bit much. Maybe in 10 years when he’s no longer president it’ll be ok to use, but right now I think it’s tacky.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
People didn’t think it was tacky to name their child George or William when they were President so I don’t see how it is any different.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
As much as I love Obama, I’ve always thought that Barack was an ugly name, and Sidney has been feminized over the years. I think that Robinson is your best bet here. But if I were you, I would name him Carver.
posted by Vivian :: 4 years ago | report
Right, but there were 100s if not 1000s of George\’s out there. There is only 1 Barack and it\’s REALLY obvious. Sidney is a nice name that really doesn\’t make it 100% obvious who you named him after.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Well we don’t have a problem with it being obvious so we aren’t going to get rid of the possibility for that reason.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Please not Barak. It’s so so tacky and stupid. Call him Robinson nn Robin or Robbie. Do not use Barak
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
You can’t even spell Barack correctly. Sorry I can’t take your advice seriously.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Obama’s a great man. But he’s got an ugly name. It looks (and somewhat sounds) like army barracks.

I really like the nn Robbie for Robinson. But the first thing I think of is Robinson Crusoe and that’s not exactly something I’d want for my kid so...

I guess my vote goes to Sidney. I know a few little boys named Sidney (after Sidney Crosby) so it’s not entirely a girls name (like the pp said), which would be spelt Sydney anyway/
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Here are some other great options (disregard female names):

Maya Angelou
Ralph Ellison
Alex Haley
Lorraine Hansberry
Langston Hughes
Zora Neale Hurston
Toni Morrison
Walter Mosley
Richard Wright
Civil Rights Leaders and Activists
Ella Baker
Stokely Carmichael
W.E.B. DuBois
Medgar Evers
Marcus Garvey
Martin Luther King Jr.
Malcolm X
James Meredith
Elijah Muhammad
Rosa Parks
Bobby Seale
Fred Shuttlesworth
Emmett Till
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett
Walter White
Roy Wilkins
Josephine Baker
Halle Berry
Bill Cosby
Dorothy Dandridge
Sammy Davis Jr.
Morgan Freeman
Gregory Hines
Lena Horne
James Earl Jones
Spike Lee
Eddie Murphy
Sidney Poitier
Richard Pryor
Will Smith
Denzel Washington
Oprah Winfrey
Inventors, Scientists, and Educators
Archibald Alphonso Alexander
Patricia Bath
Bessie Coleman
David Crosthwait Jr.
Mark Dean
Charles Drew
Matthew Henson
Mae Jemison
Percy Lavon Julian
Frederick McKinley Jones
Ernest Everett Just
Mary McLeod Bethune
Garrett Augustus Morgan
Charles Henry Turner
Madame C.J. Walker
Booker T. Washington
Daniel Hale Williams
Politicians, Lawyers, and Other Government Leaders
Ralph Bunche
Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr.
Minnie Joycelyn Elders
Jesse Jackson
Daniel "Chappie" James
Thurgood Marshall
Kwesi Mfume
Colin Powell
Clarence Thomas
Andrew Young
Coleman Young
Singers and Musicians
Marian Anderson
Louis Armstrong
Harry Belafonte
Chuck Berry
Ray Charles
Nat King Cole
Miles Davis
Duke Ellington
Aretha Franklin
Dizzy Gillespie
Jimi Hendrix
Billie Holiday
Michael Jackson
Robert Johnson
Diana Ross
Stevie Wonder

Hank Aaron
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Muhammad Ali
Arthur Ashe
Charles Barkley
Wilt Chamberlain
Althea Gibson
Reggie Jackson
Michael Jordan
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Sugar Ray Leonard
Joe Louis
Jesse Owens
Jackie Robinson
Tiger Woods

*Of your choices, my favorite is Sidney.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Definitely Robinison. Nickname Robby or Rb is very cute and honors him without being too obvious.

Barack will honestly cause problems for him. Do you really want to do that to your son? People who don’t support Obama may give him a hard time. Plus, it’s just not a handsome name, even if you want to ignore the Obama connection (which not everyone will be ale to do, just saying). It does sound and look like army barracks, and it’s not strong or handsome.

Sidney can be used, but I think of it on girls.

Robinson for sure.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
*Rob not Rb
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Im African American and i think the name Barack is kinda weird because I have never heard it until our president. If it was my child, I would go for Sidney. Im not a fan of any of the names, but I do deeply respect the fact that you want your children to be named after these great people. It symbolizes our strong culture and history. I hope you find the perfect name for your precious new bundle of joy. GL god bless.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report

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