Time and again parents have been blessed with an addition to their family, only to mess things up by giving their child a name that is inappropriate. Whether the name is hard to pronounce, spelled strangely or honors a historical figure no one looks up to, parents are often clueless when giving their children monikers that will do nothing but cause trouble.
Store owners are often just as clueless as parents. A store owner in India recently came under fire for naming his clothing store Hitler. The store sells Western-style clothing for men and the owner, Rajesh Shah, claims he had no idea who Adolf Hitler was until after his store opened. He also claims the store was named in honor of his business partner’s grandfather, who was called Hitler because he was very strict. The ‘i’ in the store sign is even dotted with a swastika. Even worse? This store is in the city of Ahmedabad in the western state of Gujarat and is home to a small Jewish community. Shah has said he will change the name of the store if he is reimbursed for the money he has spent so far in promoting his business through business cards, signage and other similar business practices.
So what makes business owners and those responsible for naming children so blatantly ignorant of what will surely result in turmoil for innocent people? Are they really that stupid or do they just not care? A few years ago the Campbell family made headlines when they were denied a birthday cake from a local store because their child’s name is Adolf Hitler Campbell. The Campbells are avowed white supremacists. It’s clear these parents purposely wanted their child’s name to reflect their twisted beliefs.
One blog has even listed the top ten names for white supremacists to name their offspring (a form of twisted humor, of course.)
10 Favorite names for boys
- David Duke
- *and one for good luck: Spike
10 Favorite names for girls
This is not to say that parents that give their children a sobriquet like Tabitha, Svetlana, Gunnar or Rowan are white supremacists. These are just names that those types of people seem to choose for their children.
Parents that choose to educate their children about the true nature of Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany and the terrible treatment of those deemed undesirable by madman of the twentieth century have plenty of resources. The San Francisco Children’s Fiction Examiner recommends the following historical fiction books for tween and teen readers that focus on the Holocaust, Hitler and other similar aspects of World War II.
“When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” by Judith Kerr
“We Were Heroes: The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, a World War II Soldier” by Walter Dean Myers
“Brothers in Valor: A Story of Resistance” by Michael O. Tunnell
“One Girl’s Dream for Freedom” by Gayle Adams
“The Boy Who Dared” by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
To learn more about children’s fiction of all genres, subscribe to the San Francisco Children’s Fiction Examiner.