Being a Mom

What is her African name?

What-is-her-African-nameWow the nerve of some people, so I was at the Home Affairs with my daughter whom I take everywhere, people were curious as usually the silent long stares. So this lady she asks me is that your daughter? I politely answered Yes. She asks what’s her name? Abeerah I said. She asks again, what’s her African name? She does not have one, I said. But why, why didn’t you give her an African name and I said just didn’t.

She gave me the long question mark stare I mean really how many of you use your second name. I don’t remember using my second name and I don’t see the point of having a second name nor an African name just because I am black. My daughter will grow up knowing her heritage in both African and Indian culture, having an African name makes no difference to me.
I choose Abeerah because I loved the meaning and It was unique. Abeerah has two meanings in Muslim means Rose, Sandal saffron mixed together in fragrance.(She is my beautiful blooming Rose)and in Hebrew means my strength(and that she is my strength ).

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  • Tracey Abrahams

    Some people are amazingly rude. Its no ones business but your own what you call your daughter.I really dont understand why strangers feel they have the right tonfive unsolicited advice or comments about other peoples children, but it seams to happen a lot. I use to get it when my boys were very young too. #ShowcaseTuesday

    • Moipone Islam

      Hi Tracey

      I am so tired of these questions really, its really none of their business. I think next time I will just ingnore them and not answer.

      Thanks for visiting

  • Michelle

    Hi, I’m new to your blog and your linky that I am visiting from. Anxious Dragon recommended you so here I am. Anyway, I think her name is very pretty and the meaning behind it makes every kind of sense. It’s no one’s business what you name your daughter. My boys have very common names but my youngest is named Conner. I’m not Irish but I get that assumption a lot (I’m actually Polish) and because Conner is predominantly and Irish name, I get asked why I named him that if we aren’t Irish. Does it really matter? I like the name and I do have my reasons behind and if they want to get technical, it’s not spelled the Irish way so there! Anyway, thanks for sharing! I don’t understand why people feel the need to tell others how to live their own lives. Visiting from #showcasetuesday

    • Moipone Islam

      hi Michelle

      Welcome, wow the nerve of people sometimes. I love the name Conner. Thank you @AnixiousDragon for the recommendation and Thank you Michelle for sharing your story too I thought I was the only one going through this because my child is mixed but I guess its just the stupidity of people who assume and pass judgement


  • Heather

    That is so annoying when people do that – just give unsolicited parenting advice. You are the parent and you can name your child what you like. And it’s a beautiful name.

  • The Blog Centre

    Her name is beautiful. People really do feel that they should force beliefs and traditions on everyone. It must be so annoying when you are faced with it all the time.
    Thank you for linking with #ShowcaseTuesday

  • Lindi Mogale

    Hi Moipone this made me laugh a little bit because I also think people should be less nosy about things that had something to do with them, and I was glad to know Im not the only one. I have had the opposite reaction of being asked why my kids don’t have English names, and I always reply that all the English names were finished. love your blog

    • Moipone Islam

      Hi Lindi

      what they actually ask why they don’t have English names hahaha people I don’t have an English name and I am happy with it and that’s an awesome answer I will use it too lol

      Thanks girl for visiting

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