Yes and no. Names can be representations of a child's heritage, culture and ancestry, so yes, there are names I normally associate with black Americans and some that I associate with white Americans. Although both communities speak the same language, naming traditions and the origins of said names come from different histories. Plus, there is a different sense of aesthetic between ethnic and social groups. I do not like the idea of a "ghetto" name. It sounds to me like its just a matter of communities that are often separate and can go for generations without interacting in any meaningful way (I know this much is true for the place where I live) drawing influence and creativity from different sources. At the same time, not two black communities and white communities are alike. There are intermediate names that represent the general taste and opinions of a city, a town or a neighborhood. Biblical names like the ones from your list are great examples. Many Americans are drawn together by a common belief in Christianity or at least there is a connection through biblical names that triumph other differences. Television and music are other sources that may create a common name trend, and there is also education and income. I would believe two working class persons living close together are more likely to like similar names, even if one is black and the other is white, and the same for two upper class persons of different races. BQ: best male name is Thomas. Best female name is Madeleine.