I think it’s ok, but with also the idea that certain names just are or seem too ethnic in boring-town, USA. I wrote something about this a while ago, as I tend to like a lot of names that aren’t part of my own culture and I include “American” with that, you just don’t hear these names except on someone hardcore that particular ethnicity or a recent immigrant.
- [name]German[/name] or Russian or Italian or Japanese (for example) last name picking from the handful of current Irish names that a lot of people are using even though there is no Irish heritage on either side. OK. People do this all the time.
- [name]German[/name] or Russian or Italian or Japanese (for example) last name picking an Irish first name that is totally unfamiliar because the wife is taking her husband’s last name, but she is full Irish (for example) - I don’t know what the statute of limitations on calling oneself “full” anything if you don’t know anyone in [name]Ireland[/name] and it’s been several generations since anyone did; other than knowing you’re Irish, never do much of anything people in [name]Ireland[/name] do - nevertheless, it’s a credential. OK
If the name is difficult to pronounce and/or spell, is unfamiliar, and isn’t part of either partner’s heritage or lineage, it is kind of weird. I find it hard to believe it’s not just to be different, that you are sincerely in love with the name, but I could be wrong.
If the name is easy to pronounce and spell and, though unfamiliar to most outside of its language origin, fits in alongside the kinds of names people ordinarily give their children, I think it’s a judgment call. I like a few easy-going fit-in/stand-out Hebrew names that seem a little over the line, if someone can recognize them and think it’s weird that it has nothing to do with who I am, except I like the names.
These names in general, coincidentally, probably go well with a last name of another origin as well as their own. These names also have the best chance of translating into English, as well as possibly being accepted and no longer “too foreign” for general usage.
I am thinking a distinctly Italian name like [name]Fiammetta[/name] doesn’t go well with a last name, say, Eichenberger, no matter that the mother just came from her small hometown in [name]Italy[/name] and married Mr. Eichenberger. [name]Fiammetta[/name] [name]Berger[/name] is ok, or [name]Flora[/name] Eichenberger, although you can’t really (well, you can, really, but the rest of the Eichenbergers, including the husband, might have an issue with it) change up your last name just because you love [name]Fiammetta[/name]. It also helps that [name]Flora[/name] is not “only” Italian, but can situate itself vaguely in other European cultures as well as being heard of in the US.
Another example is, my name is Danish, and paired with a [name]German[/name] last name. I’m not Danish, but my name was very popular, as well as easy on the ears and eyes, so not a big deal. Would have been a little different if they named me Ragnhild instead. [name]Way[/name] too Danish.
[name]Hope[/name] that helps.