your thoughts on the name Latifah?

(12 Posts)
keiratomm Tue 05-Feb-13 17:26:16

I was wondering if I could use it as a middle name for our DD. The first name and the surname are rather plain. We have spent some time in the Middle East and have a good friend called Latifah, I also absolutely adore the meaning - "kind, gentle, delicate". However I am worried that in the English-speaking world the "ghetto" connotations would be too strong. What do you think?

MrsMushroom Tue 05-Feb-13 18:03:59

I think you're right to doubt the use of it tbh. People just think of Queen Latifah...why not use Letitia instead?

Lostonthemoors Tue 05-Feb-13 18:05:16

How about Leila instead?

deleted203 Tue 05-Feb-13 18:09:25

The 'ghetto' connection is pretty strong with me. However, I suppose if you are using it as a middle name it will rarely come up - I don't know most folks' middle names.

argylesocks Wed 06-Feb-13 02:29:52

I'm sorry I don't see what's ghetto about it.

I think it would make a lovely middle name and a nice change from the zillions of Roses.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 06-Feb-13 07:32:26

Fine for a middle name.

ENormaSnob Wed 06-Feb-13 07:42:35

I really dislike it.

First thought queen latifa, second thought loofah confused

MidnightMasquerader Wed 06-Feb-13 07:50:50

I dunno, I tend to think 'anything goes' when it comes to middle names. Don't get me wrong - I'm as conservative as they come when it comes to baby names. DS and DD both have family names for their first and middle names, but I accept that's not for everyone.

I'm far more impressed when someone goes for a lovely family connection, or a really whacky, unusual, but interesting (for them) middle name, instead of defaulting to Rose/May/Mae/Grace/yawn.

Go for it. smile

TomDudgeon Wed 06-Feb-13 08:13:06

Same as midnightm
Go for it

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 06-Feb-13 08:37:43

I didn't know Latifah meant that, 'every day's a school day' smile

Why not use it, how nice to see something a bit exotic. 'Ghetto' wouldn't occur to me, tbh.

Greythorne Wed 06-Feb-13 08:49:16

When people on this thread say ghetto, do they mean black?

And is the point to avoid names that might - shock! -make people 'suspect' your DD is black?

OP - choose a name you like.

keiratomm Wed 06-Feb-13 12:12:28

thank you so much for your feedback! I feel quite encouraged about using this name now, especially as the first name is going to be neither Quinn nor Regina smile

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