My husband is British but his parents are both from 2 different continents. Our surname is actually Bangladeshi but many people mistake it for Spanish from the sound and spelling of it.
We are now 11 wks pregnant and obviously thinking about names. My husband has a foreign first and last name and although he says he hasnt experienced any racism with it (in the workplace getting interviews etc) it does make me concerned when we are choosing a name for the baby as a typical English name just wouldnt fit with the surname.
This has been brought more to my attention as it was in the news this week about people with foreign names not getting shortlisted for jobs and even having to change their names just to get a job.
Obviously in an ideal world racism wouldnt exist but it does.
We have found a really nice girls name, Sophia that would go really nicely with the surname. But were generally struggling with boys names that we both like and that go with the surname.
So do we choose a name that we like and works well with the surname or do we choose something that is a bit more normal to the average ear?
I'm a teacher and have been an examiner. I have only ever had papers with numbers rather than names so no possibility of discrimination. Not sure if all exam boards are the same but I think they are supposed to be. Good luck choosing a name OP.