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11/04/2014 at 15:35
...affect its chances in life?
I liked this:
"Conley, who is a sociologist at New York University, says that children with unusual names may learn impulse control because they may be teased or get used to people asking about their names. "They actually benefit from that experience by learning to control their emotions or their impulses, which is of course a great skill for success."
But for the main part, he says, the effect of a name on its bearer rarely amounts to more than the effect of being raised by parents who would choose such a name."
And this was interesting:
"He notes that there are more than three times as many Eleanors at Oxford than we might expect, given the frequency of that first name among girls in the general population, and Peters, Simons and Annas are not far behind. Conversely, there is less than a 30th of the expected number of Jades and an even smaller proportion of Paiges and Shannons. An Eleanor is 100 times more likely to go to Oxford than a Jade.
However, there is no evidence that it's the names causing such a marked discrepancy, rather than other factors they represent, Clark says. Different names are popular among different social classes, and these groups have different opportunities and goals."
11/04/2014 at 17:07
I like articles like this!
11/04/2014 at 17:42
11/04/2014 at 19:16
I would hope that people don't judge based on name. I have a unique first name for my age (some may say chavy) but I have a decent job and good qualifications! Our adopted child will also come with a name and I would hate to think he/she is at a disadvantage based on that!
11/04/2014 at 19:26
I think people do judge, to a greater or lesser degree, but I think it's shortlived and can't imagine it has material bearing on the potential of a person :)
11/04/2014 at 19:27
I called my son Harrison, Harry for short. One name for when he becomes a high court judge and the other for when he's a bin man.
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