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  2. Jan 23, 2020 · A brief history of black names, from Perlie to Latasha Black names have changed over the centuries. fizkes/Shutterstock.com A brief history of black names, from Perlie to Latasha Published:...

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  3. The Afrocentrism movement that grew in popularity during the 1970s saw the advent of African names among African-Americans, as well as names imagined to be African sounding. Names such as Ashanti have African origins. [1] The Black Power movement inspired many to show pride in their heritage.

  4. Many scholars believe that distinctively Black names emerged from the civil rights movement, perhaps attributable to the Black Power movement and the later Black cultural movement of the 1990s as a way to affirm and embrace Black culture. Before this time, the argument goes, Black people and white people had similar naming patterns.

  5. Jul 29, 2022 · African American names first became popular and distinctive in the 1950s and 1960s. Before this time, it was very common for Black Americans and recent immigrants to either name or change their children's names to assimilate into American culture better. As a result, most baby names were heavily influenced by European, and English descended names.

  6. Nicknames like Curly, Tomboy, Prince, and Duke. In the years just prior to the Civil War, it also became fashionable among slave families, as it was among their owners, to use the surnames of American leaders as first names. Washington was the name most often used; Madison and Jefferson also were popular.

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