What Were These Parents Thinking When They Named Their Children?

@pyewacket (43962)
United States
December 16, 2008 2:40am CST
I'm watching the World News Now late edition (hey it's 3:35 a.m.) and there is this story about the hubbub when parents wanted a cake made up for their son's birthday and wanted their son's name on it and the store refused. Why? Due to the name the parents gave their son...are you ready? Adolf Hitler..Like WTF?? Oh it gets better..the names of their other children are JoyceLynn Aryan Nation, and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie. Here's an excerpt from an article I found [i] HOLLAND TWP. | In a living room decorated with war books, German combat knives and swastikas, a 2-year-old boy, blond and blue-eyed, played with a plastic dinner set. The boy, asked his name, put down a tiny plate and ran behind his father's leg. He flashed a shy smile but wouldn't answer. Heath Campbell, 35, the boy's father, encouraged him. "Say Adolf," said Campbell, a Holocaust denier who has three children named for Nazism. Again, the boy wouldn't answer. It wasn't the first time the name caused hesitation. Adolf Hitler Campbell -- it's indeed the name on his birth certificate -- turns 3 today, and the Campbell family believes the boy has been mistreated. A local supermarket refused to make a birthday cake with "Adolf Hitler" on it. The ShopRite in Greenwich Township has also refused to make a cake bearing the name of Campbell's daughter, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, who turns 2 in February. Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, a girl named for Schutzstaffel head Heinrich Himmler, turns 1 in April. "ShopRite can't even make a cake for a 3-year-old," said Deborah Campbell, 25, who is Heath's wife of three years and the mother of the children. "That's sad." A director for the Anti-Defamation League in Philadelphia applauded the supermarket's decision. An Allentown psychologist said the names would cause problems for the children later in life. [/i] Here's a link to the article http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/index.ssf?/base/news-0/122923112231930.xml&coll=3 {Warning: this is NOT a referral link but a link to the article of this discussion topic} Now come on....the article says there are Nazi type swastikas in the home, and the father claims he's Not a neo-Nazi?? Why would anyone want to name their children with horrible names like this? Can you imagine the stigma and torment these kids are going to go through during their lives?
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23 responses
16 Dec 08
hi pye, I think those parents are nutty as a fruit cake, never mind the kids birthday cakes, what were they thinking of/ these poor kid will certainley will suffer in later life, these parents seem to live in the world of their own, poor kids. Bright Blessings. Tamara
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• United States
16 Dec 08
Yeah, Serriously.
@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
16 Dec 08
You do not want to hear what I think that they should do to these parents!! ACK!!! I live near the Lehigh Valley and have to say that our area is chock full of Nazis! It is scary!
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@anaknitatay (1335)
• Philippines
16 Dec 08
I don't know, those names sound kinda cool... LOL!
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@sconibear (8005)
• United States
16 Dec 08
that is so f**ked up. those kids don't deserve that and probably don't even know what those names mean. the sad part is their going to find out the hard way when they have to interact with the public. some one needs to step in and forcibly change those kids name's while they're still little. shame on the father and the mother.........i can't believe they act as if they've done nothing wrong.
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
16 Dec 08
those kids don't deserve that and probably don't even know what those names mean Actually I'd bet they do...from the sounds of it they are being raised to be Neo nazis so you knwo the parents are teaching them..just like a religious person would teach their child about God or a parent would teach their child about their heritage ya know....
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• Indonesia
23 Dec 08
It was very sad and horrific story. Usually the parents give a name with a good meaning for their children. And for me, the parents must to do that. The parents must gives a beautiful name for their children. Because the name that the parents gives to their children is a prayer. And now, i can not imagine, what their prayer for their children. Very sad, if during their life, they will feel burden and shame because the bad meaning of their name.
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
21 Dec 08
This is abuse of these children, who allowed these people to name their kids that. When my sister named her son with initials that spelled out R.A.T. it was immediately pointed out to her by family and hospital staff how he could be teased by the other kids for this. Having a name like Adolph Hitler Campbell should have sent red flags up all over the place.
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
21 Dec 08
How could anyone saddle a child with that? I can't say I have any respect for those parents. Fortunately, changing one's name is a fairly simple matter. Hopefully the kids will manage to grow up some kind of normal and make the change. It's the growing up normal in that family that will be difficult.
• United States
21 Dec 08
wow.that poor kid is going to get hell growing up..especially now that his parents were in the news with it.
@dodo19 (27783)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
17 Dec 08
It's really ridiculous what some parents call their children. I find it difficult to understand what they were thinking. There are some names that are somewhat out of the ordinary, but to me, are somewhat understandable. For instance, the actress Gwyneth Paltrow calling her daughter Apple. Okay, I personally wouldn't call my daughter Apple, but I definitely chose Apple over Adolf Hitler. And I'm not just talking the history. There are just some names that I don't think people should use, at times, for obvious reasons. Adolph Hitler, being one of them, in my opinion.
• United States
17 Dec 08
that is the irresponsibility of some people to think they are actual parents and the reason for saying this is because if they themselves want to give name of those characters to themselves, well sure be my guess go ahead but to put an innocent child knowing that the child is going to go through turmoil in the future because of the way how the world is can be a very selfish and terrible act
@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
17 Dec 08
Dang! And I thought the names in our family were bad! I'm named after a hotel in Spain, my one sister has the same name as a russian princess and my other sister is named after my father. I think these kids will have problems later in life with their names, but once they are 18 they can legally change it!
• Philippines
17 Dec 08
Yes, I do agree that in the future the children can get trouble on their names. Why should give a child a name like that? In the near future parents would be blame for giving names like this. Why not give them a simple and nice one that children would appreciate. Parents should take full responsibility on giving name for their child.
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
17 Dec 08
Hey pye~This is really upsetting to me in particular because I am from a Jewish background and really am offended by the mere thought that these people have the gall to say that they are not teaching the preachings of Hitler! I am not even slightly believing a word that this man says about his beliefs because everything he is doing points in the opposite direction! How could he do that to his children and not think that it would hurt them in the end? The little boy is already aware that when he says his name something happens that isn't nice! And he is only 3 years old and is aware that there is something wrong with his name! I can't tell you how I feel about this man and his wife! They are disgusting and I feel sorry for these children and what they will have to endure their whole lifetime because of the stigma attached to the names that their sick parents have given them! Being born into the Jewish faith I am very aware of what happened all those years ago in Germany and I knew many friends who had relatives in the Concentration Camps who were lucky enough to escape and tell their stories of the hell that Hitler put them through! I just can't even put into words what I would like to do to Mr. and Mrs. Campbell!
@vanonas (950)
• United States
17 Dec 08
Parents are ridiculous with these names. I mean naming your child after someone the world HATES? That's so wrong! Famous people come up with wacky names too.. Like Apple or Bronx.. Just because Bronx is a tough city does not mean your child will be "tough" I'm going to give my child a normal name..
• United States
16 Dec 08
I agree that those are horrible names to give to your children and I really feel sorry for those poor kids and everything that they will have to go through because of them. However, I disagree with the stores refusing to make the cakes for the kids. It is not the kid's fault that their parents named them that and they will have to suffer enough because of those names. I don't feel that the people working in the stores should take their disagreement of the names out on the innocent children like that.
@bunnybon7 (32618)
• Holiday, Florida
16 Dec 08
wow Pye, this is a big news item today. already, i answered this one this morn.and was wondering if their next one might be named Satan something or other. Maybe Gohreing or Bormann?hhhmmm thats child abuse i think
• United States
16 Dec 08
WoW. that's just downright cruel and unusual! There's no way that will ever fly with society. I screwed up on my kids names because they rhyme, but i was too tired to care. lOL. And my husband wasnt helping with the name thing, he just said, well whatever you feel like naming them is cool with me. ********* But I named my oldest son Damian. Now I love that name because firstly it's Italian and I think it sounds strong. But everyone I know refuses to call him by that name. They are ashamed to. It really hurts my feelings, and if it was cruel then why are there so many Damians out there? Well, everyone calls him D. I named my second son Aiden. Most popular name of the year. Yah i know now that it rhymes. and i forget their names all the time. lol But it's an Irish name and his father is Irish. But EVERYBODY Loves his name... no problems there.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
16 Dec 08
well loks to me like he is very much up on nazi stuff . and just think the kids hav eto go thru school with thses names but when they get old enough they can change them!
@irishidid (8119)
• United States
16 Dec 08
Even Harpo Marx changed his name from Adolf to Arthur because of the association with the name. This puts a stigma of the children that will affect them for years. Even innocent names can come across that way. My daughter had a friend with the name Dustin Hoffman and I knew a Charlie Brown. You can imagine what teasing they endured.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
16 Dec 08
These parents do not deserve to have children! It's stories like this that make me wonder why some wonderful people cannot have children, while people like this can. I don't see how the parents of these children are shocked by the negativism they receive because of the names they've chosen for their children. They ASKED for it! I can only hope that, when these children get older, they are not as screwed-up as their parents and change their names legally!