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A mixed race Seamus?!

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UsernamesHarderThanBabyNames Mon 15-Dec-14 17:46:11

Seamus is one of the only boy names we both like. I have Irish-ish roots and he's black/mixed-race. The baby will presumably be quite dark and we have a French surname so can we pull off Seamus? Family seem to think it's a ridiculous idea and picture a ruddy cheeked old Irishman not a mixed race baby but surely this doesn't matter?!

Nyborg Mon 15-Dec-14 17:46:46

I don't think it does. It's a great name!

Jennifersrabbit Mon 15-Dec-14 17:47:47

Seamus Heaney? Why ever not!

GlitzAndGigglesx Mon 15-Dec-14 17:49:12

My nephew is mixed race with an Irish name and it suits him so well. I'm English/Greek with a Hebrew name and no ones ever questioned why I have it

LynetteScavo Mon 15-Dec-14 18:25:57

I think it's great name, and I'm sure your ds will be able yo carry it off. smile

canweseethebunnies Mon 15-Dec-14 18:26:14

Why not? Sounds fine to me!

HollyBdenum Mon 15-Dec-14 18:29:25

Irish people can be black, too :-)

birdofthenorth Mon 15-Dec-14 21:27:04

Fab name. I get the family reaction but he'll own the name in know time and you'll all forget previous associations.

DramaAlpaca Mon 15-Dec-14 21:29:49

It doesn't matter at all. Great name.

Mrsgrumble Mon 15-Dec-14 21:32:37

Beautiful name. Absolutely go for it, it will be gorgeous on him

Tell your family nothing...keep your name choice until baby arrives as everyone has an opinion but it's your priviledge and choice to make

LowLieTheFields Mon 15-Dec-14 21:34:13

Go for it. Love the name.

Islander79 Mon 15-Dec-14 21:35:27

HollyBdenum has it spot on! What an odd idea - that's like saying a Jean-Paul or in fact a John couldn't be black...

DefiniteMaybe Mon 15-Dec-14 21:37:30

My ds has an asian friend called Seamus, it suits him well.

TenMinutesEarly Mon 15-Dec-14 21:45:37

Great name. Go for it.

Baubelicious Mon 15-Dec-14 23:03:10

To me it would maybe suggest that the white half comes from Ireland. Don't over think it.

squoosh Mon 15-Dec-14 23:56:42

I know mixed race Irish babies called Oisín and Cormac. They carry their names with aplomb as your Seamus will.

Seamus is a great name, it does have a farmer image but there's a whole new generation of Seamuses being born

MrsRhettButler Tue 16-Dec-14 00:00:25

My cousin is a mixed race Seamus, it suits him smile

SunshineAndShadows Wed 17-Dec-14 13:07:05

Surely by your family's 'logic' that limits you to only traditional black-African names confused Very odd
Seamus is lovely smile

moxon Wed 17-Dec-14 17:49:36

Loooooooove Seamus.

Chocolateteacake Wed 17-Dec-14 18:27:48

I've worked with a few Seamus's and I like it as a name. Is the surname very very French, or French as in St something? I live names that 'dont match' DS being a perfect case in point!

TheScenicRoute Wed 17-Dec-14 21:07:08

I cannot see a problem on any level, I can see how other people have an idea of what a name represents and can't move on from that, but once baby is here it will become completely normal to them.

FranKatzenjammer Wed 17-Dec-14 21:12:04

I teach a mixed race Seamus. It really suits him.

TheScenicRoute Wed 17-Dec-14 21:13:12

May I ask how you pronounce it? As its spelt? Sea-mus or is it Shay-mus?

DramaAlpaca Wed 17-Dec-14 21:14:52

It's Shay-mus.

MehsMum Wed 17-Dec-14 21:25:06

Yer wot? Of course it's fine. How is it any less fine than a Black Martin or Monica, or a white/Asian James or Isabel? Those are all people I have known...

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