In a recent msnbc.com article, a New Jersey family was exposed for naming their children in ways that could be offensive to many, as well as potentially harmful to their children’s well-being. Heath and Deborah Campbell, who named two of their children Adolf Hitler and JoyceLynn Aryan Nation, have had their children in foster care now for over 33 months. The parents believe that they still do not have their children back because of their names, while the court records last year stated that the children were not removed from the home because of their names, but because of tangible evidence of abuse or neglect. While a court vindicated them of all abuse allegations last month, their children have not been returned to them. “Actually, the judge and DYFS told us that there was no evidence of abuse and that it was the names! They were taken over the children’s names,” Heath Campbell told an NBC television station in New Jersey.
While naming your children after a controversial person in history, a place, or an event may raise concern and potential harmful consequences – what do you think; is it wrong? Should parents be able to name their children whatever they want?