Top 60 Black Ghetto Names….Really?

By Ayize Ma’at

VIDEO: Today I saw this video for the first time.  To say the least I was offended.  As someone who takes the naming process very seriously, I felt like this video totally disrespected, devalued, and trivialized one aspect of the uniqueness of African American culture.  You see I changed my name 10 years ago as an affirmation of my Africanity and to symbolically advocate self determination and self definition for myself and my community.  Without getting too deep, I got mad respect for those who use their god given creativity to name themselves.  For the life of me I can’t understand why names created by African Americans that are unique to the African American cultural experience are called GHETTO?  Not only are these Latino boys calling our names ghetto….but as evidenced by the multitude of spinoff videos made by African Americans…we are calling our names ghetto too. BLAM Fam…do yall see this as a problem…or are these names really “GHETTO” and I’m making it too deep?  Let me know what you think.

112 replies
  1. Pissed_And Proud!!
    Pissed_And Proud!! says:

    It's mind boggling that black people honestly wonder why they always get called ignorant, stupid ghetto etc. It's not white people causing it like that retard Jessie Jackson and that idiot Al Sharpton keep telling Chimp nation it is, It is the ghetto fools naming their kids these ridiculous names. I mean for gods sake how can you honestly name your kid something like Shaqueena, Diqueeshee, Lawanda, Fowtonda, Tysheemie, Laqueessha Etc. and not expect to be called ghetto, Retarded, Idiot or something along those lines and I'm sorry all these names are NOT traditional African names, they are nothing but ignorant Chimp noises put together and thought to be "beautiful" by all of chimp nation! And dont even get me started on the crap that Chimp nation calls music that is nothing but a bunch of retards jumping around acting ignorant dressed like complete retards and saying shit like Woogie boogie woogie boogie uhh uhh uhh…. Woogie boogie woogie boogie yee yee yo… yee yo yee yo foo foo foo.. foo foo foo foo uhh uhh yeaaaahhhhh NIGGA!!!!! In closing if you seriously think it is people of other races that are causing you to have such a bad name and image you seriously need to take a step back and look at what the people of your own race are doing to cause it to look horrible!

  2. christopher
    christopher says:

    you are of yo father the devil and the lust of yo flesh ye shall do. if i see u on the streets i'mm hurt choo, ain't nobody said nothin' like that bout white folks so u can gone with that.

  3. shanique
    shanique says:

    my name is SHANIQUE I have a PHD and im only 23 my sisters name is QUANIQUE and also a DR. half of you that are commenting such nasty stuff don't even have a ged or a job maybe you have not study but the rate for the race that are living off the GOV are white next to that are the Hispanics then blacks so before you start pointing fingers and making nasty comments towards us blacks look at your facts

    • Aaron
      Aaron says:

      Shanique, you are clearly one of the rare individuals with ghetto names who are major success stories!! I’m black, 28, and a professional in Los Angeles, but it’s a fact that most employers will overlook SOME applicants and resumes with ghetto names. No disrespect, but what were your parents thinking giving you and your sister such names??? I have a friend, To’Quisha, and she talks so proper like she should be named ‘Anne’. She’s also a professional, but her high-status career and demeanor definitely make up for her horrible name!

    • Antwon
      Antwon says:

      you DEFINITELY DO NOT HAVE A PhD in English… and probably not from a respectable University. Just because you have a "PhD" and call yourself "Dr" does not mean you're smart. Want to call yourself "Dr" GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL…. in the USA. If you had half of the education you are proclaiming your post would at the least not have typos and be coherent. Next time proof read before you misrepresent yourself, Shanique.

      • shamika
        shamika says:

        just because her grammars of don't mean nothing … mann . stfu

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    • miguel
      miguel says:

      It's kind of hard to believe that you have a PhD with that kind of grammar that you used to write your post. I know for a fact that you will never survive a graduate program and, even worse, a doctorate program writing like that. I think you just made it up trying to impress people, but the reality is that no one believes you.

      • shamika
        shamika says:

        how you know she wouldn't survive a graduate program ? you don't ! so stop judging her …

    • Cooper
      Cooper says:

      Did you get that PHd in poor grammar? Negros make up 17% of the population and more than 50% of the welfare rolls. Check your facts.

    • Ava
      Ava says:

      No offense misses um, shan, let's just call you that. I hate to break it to you, but you;re just further influencing this stereotype. I'm white, and I go on these urban sites just to comment on videos like this. I know this may sound racist, however I don't get why blacks can make fun of hispanic/latino names or even our names and when the tables are turned you guys get pissed.

  4. Aaron
    Aaron says:

    Ok, allow me to say this. Those names in the video were clearly exaggerated to the fullest extent, but at the same time, some black parents do love naming their children the most ridiculous names!! “Quanesha?! Seriously?!! You just prevented your child from getting a good job and you don’t even care. The names are GHETTO, triflin, disgusting, DISGRACEFUL, and that putting it lightly. I love my name because it has meaning AND when a white employer looks at my résumé, they won’t think I’m some ghetto trash that crawled out of the cracks if some random back alley. It is what it is. Unfortunately, this is our society. At the same time, if I see someone with some ghetto trash name on a resume for a professional position, if they don’t have high credentials, that resume is going straight in the TRASH!!

    • politicallyincorrect
      politicallyincorrect says:

      I completely agree..and I AM a hiring mgr, and for over a decade, sorry to say, have tossed many a resume and app in the "No" pile simply because of the obvious names. Nope…not even dealing with this one.

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    • Chloe
      Chloe says:

      I have never met an Afro American with class that named their kids SHA'niqua, There are resume names, job application names (Shaniqua) and food stamp application names: La-a (la dasha) or lil kim, my dad taught a girl whos legal name was l-i-l-k-i-m and the mother would flip when i called her kim. The girl is now facing 1 year for prostitution and 10 years for pimping other girls.

  6. Miguel
    Miguel says:

    I can't understand why blacks do this to their kids. It's almost as if they are setting up their kids for failure. Thousands of studies have already been conducted and they all prove one thing: the name on a resume significantly influences the number of calls they get for interviews. So knowing that, why would they continue to do that? I don't want to sound racist by saying this, but then what they end up saying is, "it's the white man keeping us down" when in reality is them keeping their own people down by continuing to do these type of things.

    • Elijah
      Elijah says:

      two words…….Barack Obama

      • Antwon
        Antwon says:

        worst President ever. Get your head out of your rear-end and read the facts.

  7. Calida
    Calida says:

    I don’t find this video offensive at all.
    I have a unique name. Calida is a Latin name that means fiery. It also has a meaning in Greek: most beautiful (In Greek Mythology, Calida was an Arcadian who transformed into a she-bear, then into the Great Bear constellation).
    It is extremely hard for people with unique names to find employment. Most managers stare at me like I’m crazy when I tell them my name, and it took me two long years after college to find a job. I am a very talented, well-mannered and nicely groomed woman. Yet, I could not find employment.
    The moment I started going by my middle name (which is Raeven, shortened up to Rae most of the time) I started getting interviews, and eventually a job.
    Do I hate my parents for giving me a unique name? Of course not! I think my name is beautiful. But sometimes, it makes it hard for me to do normal things that people with normal names can do.
    That being said, I think this was just a couple of guys trying to be funny by poking fun at how ridiculous some names are getting. I watched an interview that these boys did on televison, and they were receiving death threats! That’s utterly ridiculous! I understand why people are getting angrh, but at the same time, I feel if it was two black boys doing this video the reaction from the black community would be totally different. You can be uniwue without being ridiculous (I have a cousin named L-A as in LeDashAh, an another cousin name Lejuande as in LeYuanDay).
    I’ve already typed too much, I think I’ll stop here.
    PS I am an African-Canadian female.

  8. black carbon
    black carbon says:

    IM MORE MAD AT THESE SELF HATING SO WHITE (BLACK VERSION OF SNOW WHITE) ASS IMILATED SELL OUTS than I am the video. These dudes are young and dumb. People commenting sound so ignorant talking about employees (now sitting in a big ass office instead of overseeing the fields) hiring them and jobs! Talk about HAVING A CORPORATION YOURSELF SO people don't have to worry about getting names to blend in and TRICK the employeer to believing they WHITE with their WHITE ass names. Learn about Melanin your BLACKNESS CARBON that the SUN will only be your only hope to SURVIVE not the slave masters of MONEY you wish to get RICH! GET WEALTH! UNCHAIN YOUR BRAINS SELL OUTS! LOVE TO SHANI AND THE REST OF YA INDIVIDUAL BLACK MELANINATED NAMES! BROWN PRIDE BLACK POWER

    • Educateurself
      Educateurself says:

      So the real question is what was worse in the past, black slaves or the Jews ??? If your truly upset about the slave issue then fight for the slavery still going on today in the world. Go educate yourself, blacks were never the 1st slaves in history or will they be the last. I don't know see how they make such a big deal about it. As a matter of fact black slaves were treated better then the egyptian slaves. If the Egyptians didn't do what they were told then they would be killed. The white masters couldn't afford to kill black slaves. And the slavery going right now people don't even care. So much for black power, go educate the black juveniles and adults committing crimes and robbing folks. They make black people look bad. I'm more mad at the 1st of the month when all these people collect food stamps. Get a second job like I did instead of stealing our tax money. Everyone receiving food stamps and any govt funding should be drug tested.if you have a problem with it then don't apply for it.

      • La Donna
        La Donna says:

        shhh day do b buzy hussulin u know what i'm sayn. 2 busy 2 b axin demself about truth.

    • politicallyincorrect
      politicallyincorrect says:

      sounds like someone's angry because they can't get a call from an employer, ghetto asshole a little butthurt?? ha.

  9. Aamir
    Aamir says:

    Just listen to Bill Cosby on this topic. As a Brown guy, I have no business judging African Americans as a collective people because everyone is different, i.e. not all African Americans will name their Children "Martavious". However, one needs to consider consequences for the Child. The world is not a nice place. And when Typromenesha or Shaqwuan go for job interviews, and are competing with people named Jim, Susan, and Tom (btw, these other people may be Black or White, or Asian, or whatever) for jobs, it could have an impact. It's wrong to judge people based on their names, but the world is not a "right" place. People of colour are already a minority and face an uphill battle in life in North America, why make it potentially more difficult for a Baby that has no say in what you name it?

    • Melanin
      Melanin says:

      And your name is Aamir! Those same uncle toms or white master who your ENTER VIEWing to won't hire you because of your name thinking you were muslim or arabi?! This "world" is only a "bad" place because those "people named" JIM, SUSAN, TOM OR DICK who hiring your ass now GRANDPARENTS were owning plantations back then. Stop slef hating you Mammonite

  10. Tyrell
    Tyrell says:

    I knew an African American boy named "Chameleon!" (Bolingbrook, IL Chicago suburb) How GHETTO is that!

    • Carbon7
      Carbon7 says:

      is your real name Tyrell? They would say thats ghetto to! Tylenol

  11. Bob
    Bob says:

    I just recently watched the film "Think Like A Man" and noticed that the lead female characters' names were Lauren, Mya, Candace and Kristen. This prompted me to look up other African-American ensemble films whose female characters were all educated and career-oriented. Here are some of them: "For Colored Girls" – Crystal, Jo, Juanita, Tangie, Yasmine and Nyla; "Why Did I Get Married?" – Diane, Patricia, Sheila, Angela and Trina; "Waiting To Exhale" -Savannah, Bernadine, Gloria and Robin. Are the writers of these films saying that in order to succeed in your career, you have to have a normal sounding name?

  12. Erin
    Erin says:

    As you can see my name is simple, four letters

    and people still get it wrong. It is usually people of color that it wrong.

    Please tell me how you can spell and say Lathis, DEthat,

    Lewhatever, and all the brown liquors, etc., but Erin stumps you.

    I don’t knock the names that actually have meaning, but why

    name your children after drinks, cars, and other odd items? What does adding De, La, Shay, Ja achieve?

    Part of it is education and the age of the parents. My niece is always telling

    us her mother isn’t too bright, she misspelled my name.

    My niece is 7. ” My mom was hoodish and young

    that is why she gave me this name” Her name is made up and really

    is misspelled.

    • black
      black says:

      usually people of color WOULD get it wrong since its a english, celtic irish WHITE name. What names with La, De, shay achieve???? NOT BEING ASSIMILATED, a sell out, uncle tom, self hater, internalize depresser thats what it achieve ERIN, BECKY, AMY, BETH!. I dont care about yo mama name being "hoodish" it ain't white or english! Speaking the same language talking about mispelling a language slave masters withheld from teaching your ancestor. YOU sound stupid if you of color. Erin? wtf smh

      • politicallyincorrect
        politicallyincorrect says:

        you're retarded

    • dayasoul
      dayasoul says:

      who cares "how you spell it' we are NOT ENGLISH. You from England? worry about how Black people will get their NATIVE NAME and language! worry about that.That is our GIVEN language like OUR NAME IS ya, herd??? get off this BLACK LOVE.

      • miguel
        miguel says:

        These names eventually affect everyone as a society because then we end up having to support these people because they can't get a dam job!

        • Elijah
          Elijah says:

          there's plenty of Steve, James, John, Paul, Rick, and Bobs who don't have a job, it has nothing to do with names. Look at Barack Obama's name, he has the most popular "job" in America. Its 2013, unemployment has nothing to do with names, its mostly about "Who you know", nowadays.

          • politicallyincorrect
            politicallyincorrect says:

            obama is an nwo puppet…who gives a shit about obama….

    • Elijah
      Elijah says:

      question….how can it be mis-spelled if its "made up"….can you tell the person who "made up" the word "KNOCK" that they mis-spelled it because it begins with a K instead of an N??? its a shame how we are all so trained to go along with whatever society says is right. Also, i bet you think its cute for a 7 year old to be saying things like that, don't you? SMH she is already brainwashed, i see……

  13. Betsey167
    Betsey167 says:

    I thought one attribute of being a free person is the ability to name yourself. Even the fact that these names are have been identified as 'African American' gives them an ethnic identity. Wow! I wonder if its only African Americans who are scrutinised in this manner. Will I find this conversation on other websites of other cultures. No we assume those people have the right to name themselves and thus their names must be 'right'. Don't look to others to define you. Define yourself!

    As for the person who would not employ someone with a 'ghetto' name, she probably would not employe someone with a Muslim name, or a Jewish name, or a Ethiopian name, or etc. In fact she probably would not hire the best candidate anyway.

  14. lanamolinespeaks
    lanamolinespeaks says:

    I don't think this video and our culture should even be in the same conversation. This was a video of two very immature individuals with a lot of time on their hands who had their own motive for doing this (who knows what it was). The issue you are addressing is one that I think most of us agree on as a culture. While all of us may not change our names or even have names that express our uniqueness, I think we all have a measure of respect for names that embody strength. I am not offended by this video. Rather I pity the creators because it shows that many hard lessons are inevitable in their lives. Seriously, my black is beautiful! To discuss this video in relation to undermining that gives it too much power.

  15. Kendra
    Kendra says:

    I haven’t finnished the video; but the names they listed reflect the ignorance common in the ghetto. By that I mean the names have no meaning, no symbolism, no history, no sgnifigance. These names aren’t foreign and as such are a useless assemblage of syllables the namer liked. In short if you want your child to have a beautiful African sounding name, go to the library and borrow a book of African baby names. Don’t make it up you and your child will just look stupid

    • shamika
      shamika says:

      no offence but Kendra ghetto….

    • McWhite
      McWhite says:

      Latifa: لطيفة meaning delicate/kind in arabic.
      Shaniqua: meaning ‘gift of god’, an african name.
      Latoya: meaning ‘victorious’ and ‘worthy of praise’
      Lakisha: also known as lakeisha, means ‘joyful, happy’
      Latanya: also known as latanja which also means ‘worthy of praise’

      The only reason these names are 'bad' is because they are associated with black people. It's racist. They have meanings.
      Sit down and shut up!

  16. Shaneka
    Shaneka says:

    My name is Shaneka and unlike the other Shanika- I'm very proud of it. It is not a ghetto name. It's 3 syllables and it is rather unique and it has several meanings. I usually don't tell people I come into contact with what my actual first name is because they often mispronounce or mispell it. Therefore, for most people- I am known as Shan or Neka, which lets me know I actually deal with them. I'm glad to have an ethnic name, however- it's far from ghetto. Ghetto is more like something that is totally made up. If there's a "Topeka, KS" in the USA then Shaneka is more than acceptable as a sound that is familiar.

    • black brownpride
      black brownpride says:

      thats right Nek!

    • politicallyincorrect
      politicallyincorrect says:

      Shaneka, no matter how u spell it…isn't unique, by any means. I feel like it's every one of u. get a clue.

  17. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    If its the opposite of white, I’ll take it-whatever it may be: names, food, music, hairstyles-because at the end of the day whites (and those inspired by whiteness) want us to be ashamed of anything that ties us (blacks) to one another because we should want to be like them (whites). They’ve deemed themselves better than us…I live around enough of them to know better. Its a sickness, and we have to recognize the symptoms, then pity the ill.

    • avirgintomorrow
      avirgintomorrow says:

      your problem is you allow whiteness to dictate your life, even if you're trying to avoid it, which is unhealthy in itself. Your life shouldn't be run according to reacting to whiteness. Get over it and take real control over you life by not caring one way or the other. THAT'S true freedom. What you've state here is pretty tragic actually.

    • Spencer
      Spencer says:

      Wow. Awfully racist and disturbing comment. I am an unassuming white guy that does not put somebody into a particular group based on their appearance. I am no better than anybody else except for those that actually think they are somehow "better" than someone else. I smile at their ignorance and move on. Though you may be spurned for your past experiences, it may do you some good to stop investing yourself to perpetuating hate. Just a thought.

      • Tameka
        Tameka says:

        I couldn't have said this better Spencer!

      • freedompeople
        freedompeople says:

        oh, shut up. why are you on here? Racist is a group of beings who use systematic powers to intentionally keep a race down – THIS IS WHITES! They have taken over every part of OUR HUEMAN Planet thats why you got dumb ass latinos on here trying to clown us! Your race is RACIST ALWAYS HVE ALWAYS WILL. PAST EXPERIENCES ARE NOW EXPERIENCE. Go back to Europid, thats a thought.

        • Educateurself
          Educateurself says:

          Learn how to spell before you post a comment…..

        • La Donna
          La Donna says:

          2 things, whites implemented affirmative action in an effort to shut you ppl up. It was whites because blacks can't even muster up the energy to pronounce the s in ask much less make it to congress, you know what I'm sayin homie home slice? When you can spell look up where the American slave came from. NOT Africa. Oh and btw, when the black president in AFRICA was taking farms away from whites and giving them to any black that wanted them, why didn't you ppl make a v-line for your "presumed to be" mother land? I don't understand it. Did they not tell you about it? Do you not subscribe to any newspapers or world news coverage? I guess they didn't play it on BET. darn you could of had your own industry in "your" own country. shame shame.

    • BunnyOlesen
      BunnyOlesen says:

      You have lost your mind, nobody gives a shit what you do LMAO damn, self obsessed much? Nobody even thinks about shit like that. Do you think whites actually sit around and say 'they should be like white people?" And that white people want you to be ashamed of something? Well I said it in the first line, you have lost your mind. You are the one who is ill, and you are the one who is wasting your life worrying about what other people think or say. There is no sickness here, because unless I am reading something ridiculous like this, i don't think about it one way or another. I don't give a shit what you, other white people, Chinese, South American or anybody else does and I don't think anybody should be like me or 'my race' – I, like most people on this planet, just want to be left alone to enjoy my life in peace.

      • Sunand myskin
        Sunand myskin says:

        "you like most" WHATEVER Tell that to all the white colonizers in every continent who has taken NATIVE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES land, water, resources even have operation weather control trying to control even EARTH AIR! Your RACE IS A SICK RACE ask the Australian Aborigines or how about the MEXICA TRIBES who are now considered ILLEGALS? ASK THE REAL JEWS, THE MOORS! You lost your mind baldheads! Do we actually think YA LAME ASSES SIT AROUND AND WANT US TO ASSIMILATE????? NO, Ya dont right? OK, that's why we get EDUCATED TAKE HISTORY and ENGLISH and thats why we have College and everything has to be so dammm corny and white! Do we think??? WHAT HIS STORY SHOWS???????

        • La Donna
          La Donna says:

          did they not teach English in your school? Grammar is critical in a written argument in order to be taken seriously. You just proved the point of the ppl you are arguing against. Either educate yourself or STFU because you are not helping "the cause".

    • La Donna
      La Donna says:

      If you are antin white then why did you leave the projects? If it is so hard to live around whites then why bring down the property value by moving by them?

    • politicallyincorrect
      politicallyincorrect says:

      oh really… like hoodoo, right? …something blacks have claimed since the 1800's originated with them, yet numerous archaeological findings actually prove what many writings dating back to 300b.c.e confirm, that it's actually a Scottish gypsy magick, that Haitian's combined with their Vodun religion, begat the crude "voodoo" of african-american's in this country in the 1800's….like that? …was that one of the things u were talking about when u say all WE want to do is strip U of ur heritage? Get a fucking clue, u hideous fucking skank. Do some research and get ur head out of ur precious king, Obama's, ass… fucking nwo puppet piece of shit. Get a clue…

  18. wha2yano
    wha2yano says:

    I have long wondered about some of the names that are given now a days. yesterday in the local paper , I saw several that were so unusual that I did a search to see if I could understand the reasoning behind this. I have read that they are to honor their African heritage, but I don't belive that is the case with the majority of these. The names by the way were; Aljerwon, Cedriquze Daitonia and Aqueelah. These at least can be pronounced and while it is true that I would have a hard time pronouncing Russian or Swedish names, they are not made up names that have no basis. Just curious as to why they feel a need to make them up and why they choose some names that can't be pronounced or the pronunciation (not the spelling ) have another meaning that is usually not very flattering to the child.

    • Miguel
      Miguel says:

      Because of pure ignorance. Then they like to blame, "the white man" for everything that happens to them, when in reality is them that is doing it to themselves. Last year, I interviewed a female named, "Morning" and her last name was Blunt. Why did we call her in for an interview in the first place you ask? Because we wanted a good day's laugh.

    • Carol
      Carol says:

      Oh, man, your name had me rolling on the floor!! Here in Detroit, any black woman who is a judge or serves on the City council or has any position of power has a hypenated last name. Drives me crazy.

    • @LindsaysReviews
      @LindsaysReviews says:

      Okay that totally cut off the rest of my response 🙁
      Anyway I was saying I am a white woman that is married to a West African man. We have 2 children, with one more on the way. We chose, together, to give our children African names to honor where there father came from. Many people find their names different and some might say ghetto, but I hope our children grow up with a respect for their fathers culture and embrace who they are.

      Here are their names:
      Senami- Means gift from God. We call her Sena
      Kemi- Means God continues to bless us.

  19. nicole
    nicole says:

    I saw it a little.funny because so many of the names were made up. However I do understand your.point.

  20. Shana
    Shana says:

    I didn't find the video disrespectful. Made up names are embarrassing to our culture! Some thought should be put into what we name our children.

    • kay
      kay says:

      Same thing I said. The lower income blacks really do giave their kids embarrasing names. This video was funny. I was sent an email about a woman who named her daughter 'Le-A'. No one could figure out how to pronounce the name. I was pronounced Ledasha. Sad.

  21. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    I once had a white co-worker ask me if african americans just threw the alphabet against the wall and whatever stuck, was the baby name. We worked in Child Protective Services and I saw names that we ridiculuos (Prince GInuwine, Ya'Highness…cuz they wanted their kids to be royalty) If you children names are unique and have meaning (You put 2 familiy names together, etc) that is one thing…but there are a point when are uniqueness is "cute" on paper, not in person. The kids have to live with being called that for the rest of their lives….

    • blackpower
      blackpower says:

      Are you black? Because if you didn't get fired for slapping her ass in her face YOU who she also talking about! or your mom, or sister or cousin or neighbor. If you aint ASS IMILATED they think your ass GHETTO to. People act like slaves talking about JOB and whats on PAPER. THATS LIFE HUH? Cant even be unique because ITS GHETTO! Pathetic

  22. Regina
    Regina says:

    Yes… the video was crazy.. but some people really need to pause and put some thought into what they are going to name their baby. I know a young lady named "Cafeteria"… maybe her mom was hungry.. she's a teen now and they call her "Caffi". I was young when I had my daughter and I had a feeling her pop would disappear ..which he did. I call him her "pop" because that is what he did.. popped in and out of her life 4 times in 22 years, but we made it.. not just surviving but thriving. I dedicated my life and her's to God before she was born, and named her in honor of our new Father "Jah"… and I gave her the middle name 'Eboni" so that she would have a sense of pride in her culture and know how beautiful and regal black is….

  23. Kim
    Kim says:

    I do not believe in making up a name personally. I agree with some of the posts that say names should have meaning and be thoughtful. The video was stupid. However, I would venture to say that knowing and understanding the meaning of your name assists in your path in life. A name with no meaning has no life definition. Word is bond. If someone calls you "nothing" day in and day out you internalize it. You begin to believe it. A made up name that has no meaning behind it is essentially the same thing. (my personal opinion no disrespect) Of course family values and life lessons play a big part as well.

  24. Sharonda Penn
    Sharonda Penn says:

    I'm not too thrilled because at some point those guys started to get disrespectful. I don't find it funny. : (

  25. Sanaa Amel-Oprecht
    Sanaa Amel-Oprecht says:

    While I think this video was ridiculous and not comical at all, I personally think that names should mean something. Call me crazy, but there is a difference between "ghetto"names and "unique" names. Its just my opinion, but some ghetto names are just not right, and I wonder why someone would want to do that to your child, and other names are beautiful because they have meaning and significance, or a quality you want to bestow on your child! And while I am a fan of different, unique, and ethnic names, (my childrens names are Ashiyah {pronounced Au-shy-yah} and Tai'le {prounounced Tay`-lee} and my name is Sanaa (prounounced Sah-nah), In all honesty, alot of people (both black and white) are thinking loud, crazy, and uncouth when they hear Shaquanda. Not saying its right, but it is what it is.

    • BunnyOlesen
      BunnyOlesen says:

      I had to laugh when I read your comment, because I had just seen a mug shot of some girl called Shanquanda. XD XD

      • ENC
        ENC says:

        I have to wonder why a white person LURKS and TROLLS websites oriented toward people of African heritage leaving asinine commentary like the ones you ATTEMPTED to leave on my blog stereotyping Haitian black people as having AIDS and going there as being “gross”.. .thankfully, I already knew that Racist garbage like yourself existed and decided to MODERATE all comments to catch the trash and take it out! PATHETIC TROLL!

  26. keianna
    keianna says:

    I will not lie, I was not mad at these young boys. I did laugh. Not because it was disrespectful but because it was a joke. I think that if these boys were Black, this video would be a big deal. At the end of the day, we as Black are going to name our children what ever we want. Hell, my oldest son name is Raequan. Many would say his name is ghetto but I don't give a care. My husband & I liked the name & we are sticking to it. 😉
    My recent post Cornrows, Spring Twist & Bantu Knots

    • Rose
      Rose says:

      Raequan?????? Good lawd…ummmm ok

    • me me
      me me says:

      I dont se much of a difference between one of them and a black boy his age. The POINT is they are victims of society because the chicken and koolaid was just IGNORANT. PS. I did laugh at times to but it was kind of disrespectful and they wouldnt be talking like that to the extreme if they was black duh?!

  27. april
    april says:

    soo why name the video Black Ghetto Names, why not just ghetto!! i haven't watched the video yet but i just feel like it's going to be direspectful for the simple fact that they put Black in the title. but i refuse to be offended by someone else's ignorance and pure stupidity.

    • Just Some Dude
      Just Some Dude says:

      because the fact is that more (actually, many) black people create "ghetto" names for their children to live with because they feel that it "sounds cute"…ignoring the fact of this child's future career and how they will be pre-judged based on that name before even getting a chance to show their worth
      My recent post Obama: Why you should vote him in for a second term

    • Miguel
      Miguel says:

      Ignorance is naming your child, "Le-sha" and saying, "the dash is not silent!" LOL

  28. Shani
    Shani says:

    Well this is a subject I am way too familiar with. My birth name is Shanika. About 5 years ago , I adopted Shani. All of my teen and adult years I’ve experienced discrimination because of my name. I’ve often wondered why couldn’t I be an Angela, Pam or something more common. There’s no significant meaning behind my name. I don’t know why my patents chose this name but I don’t like it. While on the interview for my current job, my boss asked where I was raised. I told him the city and he says oh my! You communicate very well! I’m certain that after he saw my name he assumed something else. He expected “ghetto” but got classy, well spoken, sophisticated, poised, etc. Shani represents me well. I’m happy with it and comfortable with it. Not ashamed of where I’m from but I’m much more than people expect due to my name.

    • debrena
      debrena says:

      I'm Jamaican and I work in the design industry and people often believe that my cultural background should define who I am and my performance. People often believe that Jamaicans are all ghetto or do nothing but sit around and smoke weed all day. I'm a production manager and at times I get hell from staffers due to the fact that I'm (a) black and (b) Jamaican so why should they take orders from me. At times I would really like to take out my ghetto card and tell them where to shove it but I take a deep breath and think that someday we will all be treated as equals and for now I should just do my part and treat others with the respect that I would like reciprocated. A few weeks ago someone at my job said Debrena you are such a calm and wise young lady I don't know how you do it, your name is a true representation of your character you are truly Noble. I couldn't help but smile because my sir name is Noble and my grandmother always told me allow no one to tell you that your name is undeserving, you must always live up to it.
      So because you are black or come from the ghetto by no means this stipulates that you should give your children names that are meaningless, give them names that will force them to live up to the meaning attached to such and you will be welcomed by a sea of changed. I am not in support of this video, I am just in awe that no one sees how these names can affect the lives of our children.

  29. Ann
    Ann says:

    I didn't watch the video. It's too early in the morning to be pissed off…my assumption is that that is just how I would end up…and who needs that? I have always had issues with names…especially African-American names (oh, by the way…I'm Black). There were just a few too many Alizes, Lexuses and Moets around for my taste. I never understood the desire to name children after liquor and cars.

    When I had my son, God put it on my heart to name him something with meaning (yes, God actually put that on my heart…I wasn't hallucinating). His names are "European," but they have strong meaning: Warrior and Leader of Men. My brother thought I should have named him something more ethnic-sounding…like Shaquille. Yeah…no.

    I'm all for being unique in naming, but like others have said, the names should have a meaning…not just sound kinda cute. And speaking of sounding cute…make sure your child can pronounce his/her own name. I worked as an assistant to a kindergarten teacher and met a little girl who could not pronounce or spell her "unique" name!

    (By the way…did you know that Oprah's name was originally supposed to be Orpah? Somebody picked her name out of the Bible and then misspelled it. It means "fawn" or "back of the neck.")

  30. VNicky
    VNicky says:

    I thought it was very funny and was not offended at all . Some, in our community, are not as thoughtful as you are when considering how they will bless their babies with unique names. For those of us who have some intellect behind how we name our children, the video does not apply. For those of us who are trying to beat the next mama with something that no one will be able to recognize in print or pronounce, this video will be inspiration.

  31. mochazina
    mochazina says:

    Nzinga here! I found the video humorous, especially the parts of truly made up names like "Friedchickenisha" (however it's spelled). It's simply some teens satirical commentary on the silliness of the extremes we take when we try to be "ethnic" but do so superficially and don't research that ethnicity. Like someone said above, many of the names that people choose aren't chosen for meaning, but simply because they like the sounds of the syllables. If they truly wanted to be "ethnic" and honor a culture of significance they'd get on the internet or in a library and look up the names that are truly "ethnic" instead of simply tacking a "La", "Ta", or "Ma" onto a name.

    And no I've never had problems with my name. 🙂

  32. Danielle
    Danielle says:

    Yes, the video is stupid but it brings up a good point. While it is great to pass on your heritage to your offspring, you and that child have to live in America. There is a fine line between cultural and creative. Your child will have the name you give them for at least 18 years, most likely for their entire life. A name you made up and thought was cute when you got pregnant at 16, might not be as cute when that child is 22 trying to get into law school. Yes, in a perfect world people should be able to make up whatever name they like, but we don’t live in a perfect world. As I said before, we live in America. Why would a parent intentionally put up more hurdles for their own child to overcome?

  33. Denitra
    Denitra says:

    The ignorant video aside…My boss has actually said that if a names seems too ghetto or she can't pronounce it she will NEVER call that person in for an interview. Yes, she's white. She's a Russian girl with a Russian name. Go figure. My name is Denitra which is derived from the Greek name Demetrius. I've never heard my name described as ghetto but I suppose some might think it is. When I lived in NYC an elderly Greek gentleman told me that his daughter and I shared the name, and he proceded to tell me the meaning of it. I've had more Greek people interested in my name because they recognized it. In America any name that is percieved to be different (Not Sue or Billy) and is attached to a black person is automatically ghetto. Ghetto has come to mean "Black".

  34. Reianna
    Reianna says:

    I think the only ghetto name is keisha. That is a very well known name and I know sum keisha and they are triflin. I would nvr name my daughter that. But no I think most names are not ghetto. I think people get creative thats all.

    i love all ur topics and watch all ur videos. im 20 and i really look up to u guys beautiful couple!

    • Betsey167
      Betsey167 says:

      And we all know that there are NO Reiannas who are triflin. 🙂

  35. Rahman
    Rahman says:

    Great post Ayize. This video is very offensive, but we also must consider the source; two adolescents who keep fruit punch and KFC on hand. But, I know you are far more interested in what WE think of ourselves, as you eluded to.

    I have a question though: What is ghetto? Most folks who use that term haven't even sniffed the ghetto and I take offense with that term being bastardized to mean any and everything that is unacceptable. I grew up in a so-called ghetto and I don't regret it one bit. I love my names; all of them! Sure I get teased, still, for having so many names, but my mother and father were serious about what we would be called for the rest of our lives. Ghetto is just a term that most people are using when they really are just lost and don't understand what they are dealing with.

    It is also a tool that people use, most of the time unknowingly, to further alienate African-Americans from their culture and origin. We should be ashamed of anything that says Africa or black.

    White people, especially celebrities, names their kid's unfamiliar names all of the time and they are rarely, if ever called ghetto. Gweneth Paltrwo and Chris Martin named their kid Apple. If that were Jay-Z and Beyonce and they chose the fruit watermelon…you know.

    Lastly, who cares about a job application? These people got yall that shook that you're thinking about your kid filling out an application? Ok, I wouldn't but ok. If your son's name is Ralph and he gets an interview, you think the interviewer is all of a sudden going to forget his racist ways because he thought your kid was white? Please.

    Thanks for the post Ayize, sorry for the long response!

    • Michelle
      Michelle says:

      Thanks, you made more sense than anybody.

  36. Dineo Maboe
    Dineo Maboe says:

    As an African, I would like to comment and give a different perspective on this name matter and on what constitutes as ghetto.

    As you can read, my name is not European. My parents did not give me what has been dubbed a Christian name, unlike some of my friends. I’ve had my name remixed for the pleasure of mouths who could not fathom how to pronounce it, when it only just 3 syllables.

    I watched the video and I found it funny. I found it funny because it reminded me of 2 things:
    1. the scene from ‘How To Be A Menace While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood’ where one Dashiki tells the boys that her name “means doggystyle in Swahili” (which it does not)
    2. coming to the realisation as an adult that these names (like the above) are strange ie how do African Americans name their children.

    Where I am from (South Africa), naming your children is serious business. Names must mean something and all names mean something, whether it is in the literal sense or traditional spiritual sense. However, post-democracy, one has seen interesting names pop up such as Cellphone, Computer, Matric and the like. These names are definitely unusual anywhere but I guess we can’t blame parents for naming their children because of wishes and desires they have for their offspring. T he problem comes when Cellphone leaves the safe cocoon of his/her home town and goes to the city or towns for employment. Once again, people have a good laugh at the expense of your name. No one is interested in hearing that you were named because of your parents’ desire for you to be the first Matriculant or high school graduand. They just laugh and say “this name is backward”.

    And that must be what they mean when they talk about names being ghetto. No lies, music videos, films etc have sold the notion of what is ghetto to us all over the world. And part and parcel of that is the names. They are particular to what is deemed to be ghetto, including the breaking of the neck and sucking of teeth.

    I think that another issue here is about stereotypes. There has been a lot of press about how African-American women are being portrayed by the media and how they themselves are acting out for the viewing pleasure of everyone around the world. And I think it’s sad. This tells me that emancipation is a long way away then. People think that someone called Anna would not snap her fingers at a perceived rival – but a Kisha would though this may not be the case.

    It was explained to me that the reason for the so-called ghetto names is that people genuinely wanted to give their children a link to their African ancestry. This warmed my heart. But there needs to be pride and dignity and respect embedded in the choosing of the name so that the child can act as such. And it must make sense too because how do you act if you don’t know the meaning of your name?

  37. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    Well, WTH! Ok so I watched the video, and half of these names I have never heard of…yes it is one thing to be unique-but I think these guys took it a little too far…Fri' Chickenisha???? Like seriously.Who does that? My name was mentioned in this video (La Toya). My name is not ghetto, nor will it ever be ghetto-not as long as I am wearing it. The meaning of La Toya is Victorious, and my middle name (Nicole) means Victory. What's so ghetto about that? Yes I am going to be victorious-hell I am victorious in almost every battle I fight. Oh yeah and I claim victory for my fam and I so..if indeed my name is ghetto-then I guess I am a victorious ghetto woman….lol

  38. Tee
    Tee says:

    I have not yet watched the video, but to answer the question: I think a name is Ghetto if it has no meaning. A name is a label that should reflect a persons character or some trait that you would like your child to have. It is not just African American names that can be ghetto, but it seems that quite often, we give names to our children only because we like the sound of the words.

  39. Vicky
    Vicky says:

    My mother named me Victoria…I don't like it too much. I go by Vicky. I named my oldest Sherell and some people think its "Afrocentric" but its just a variant of Cheryl. I named my youngest Zahra, which is arabic. Names can make people "think thoughts" but anything can cause that. Some people are just entirely too narrow minded and so sure that people should fit into their little boxes. I say name your kid what you want as long as it isn't something like Sh*tface Buttwipe.

  40. Lakeesha
    Lakeesha says:

    If you don't mind sharing? What was yoru birth name? Personally, my name was on the video and I don't see it as GHETTO…although there are names that I think when heard are automatically associated with the African American community.

    • Ayize
      Ayize says:

      My birth name was Myrell Antoine Morton….but my parents and nearly everybody called me Tony. Somehow the Tony came out of Antoine. My full name now is Ayize Kimaathi Myrell Ma'at

      Ayize: (Zulu) means- let it come
      Kimaathi: (Kenyan) means – earnest provider (Kimaathi was also a leader of the Mau Mau)
      Myrell : My parents created that name so I kept it out of respect to them. So I guess it means oldest son of Ray and Sharon
      Ma'at: (Kemetic/Ancient Egyptian) means- truth, justice, righteousness, reciprocity, balance, order and peace
      My recent post Top 60 Black Ghetto Names….Really?
      My recent post Top 60 Black Ghetto Names….Really?

      • mochazina
        mochazina says:

        LOL @ "oldest son of Ray and Sharon"

  41. Essence
    Essence says:

    I personally think the video was very disrespectful. Now once I was in a mall and a woman (she was white) asked what my son's name was. I told her David and her response was thank God you named him a proper name! I asked what she meant and her response was well how will a child with an "urban" name get a job or an education. My response was the same place Barack Obama did and the same place where Condoleezza Rice and Oprah Winfrey did!

  42. Ayo
    Ayo says:

    Molefi Asante refers to names given in an attempt to *sound* like African names 'African-American' names. The names that they mentioned that include parts of female genitalia were hopefully mentioned tongue-in- cheek. "African-American" names show some attempt to *Sankofa* by our people. You can still get a job, but as is the case with wearing natural hair, discrimination based upon foreign sounding names is real. In some ways it's worse, because the resume can get trashed before you can get in the door for an interview with a name as common place as 'Leroy Brown'. (This was documented in a media expose, when I was pregnant with my son in 1998 – an influenced my naming of him – see below) Names such as 'Lexus', 'Infinity', and 'KashMonet' (yes we've met a 'cash money') often reflect a pathological materialism in which ones self worth and identity comes from things – not unusual among our people who may have little sense of historical and geographic history. We have also metever, met children with names such as "Melena", which is a clinical term describing the black, tarry bowel movement typical of a person who has a bleeding ulcer. I pays to google or buy a baby name book – just to be sure your not naming your child s***. But it is culturally correct for African children to have African names. As the saying goes, 'only dogs and slaves' don't name themselves. Perhaps I wimped out by giving my son an African middle name which we use, but an anglo-ish first name so when it's expedient for him to put it on a resume he can do so. I encourage more courageous and revolutionary brothers and sisters than me, to continue to give their children truly meaningful African names in boldness. As with wearing natural hair, if we ALL named our children out of our genocultural background en masse, the world would get used to it and it would soon become a non-issue and the quite normative – as it should be.

    • iesha campbell
      iesha campbell says:

      Ayo, Anything that has MELA (Like Melanin, Melanic, Melaninated, melancholy, melanistic) MEANS Black. Melanin is what we have in the center of our brain (which is the reason for CREATIVITY!) Creativeness like these names we consider "ghetto". Unlike many on here, they ain't worrying about a JOB they just naming their child to their liking, dam, what's wrong with that? Life is a JOB now? Dam
      learned this about Melanin on Melanic tees website by the way.

      BTW: You said it right,"As the saying goes, 'only dogs and slaves' don't name themselves". HENCE, ENGLISH NAMES GIVEN BY THEIR ENGLISH SLAVE MASTERS GENERATIONS AGO

  43. Tonya Charles
    Tonya Charles says:

    Honestly…yes. If you are willing to have some significance to your name it's great. But far too often to thought is made to what happens when these children grow up and need to get jobs. These names aren't a symbolic nod to any particular black cultures for the most part, just some personal concoction of unpronounceable syllables.

    And my government name is Toyisha, so this is a subject I know a little about.

    • Latiqua
      Latiqua says:

      your name can be unique and difficult to pronounce and you can still get a job. I'm working and ….uhhh can we say Barack Obama

      • Tonya Charles
        Tonya Charles says:

        I didn't say you COULDN'T get a job, I said it can make it harder. And Barack has a name with cultural significance. Black people get up in arms about reality, but it doesn't change it. I'm speaking to the REALITY of having a 'different' name and the burden that can come with it. I've seen the response from 'others' when they find out my legal name, and it isn't always positive.

        If you want to be different, then be different. But don't complain about stepping outside of the norms and being different, because that's the response to expect of blazing your own path. Just saying…

        • JBerry
          JBerry says:

          I have to agree with you because I have seen it happen before. When I named my children I wanted to make sure it looked good on an application and name plate not a name tag…. For the record ( Tatiana – german -means beauty) (Alaina – french means rock-strong) are my daughters names.

      • MacCurtis Brown
        MacCurtis Brown says:

        You have a point. No doubt about it. However, I don't think that DaQuan, LaQuita, and Shaquandra are good names for presidents. I'm sorry. Why DO we have to put La, Ja, and De on simple and common names like LaBradford, JaMarcus, or DeAndre anyway? Makes no sense to me.

    • april
      april says:

      this is true….bc my great Aunt's name is Ethel && when she went on interviews and was trying to get into schools—the people were shocked to see a black girl

    • coal black
      coal black says:

      jobs, jobs, jobs, SLAVE! Worrying about a SLAVE SCHEDULE when your coal black so white as grows up.

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