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This article about some new (and old) research was off of the MSN webpage. It was interesting and I wanted to see if anyone had comments about it?
It does make me wonder if there is a disproportionate number of Candy's (not Candace with nn Candy but just Candy) who are strippers or Skye's that are hippies or.... I've read somewhere that it's true but not because a person who is named Skye automatically has to be a hippie; but that parents who name a baby Skye are more likely to have hippie tendencies, interests, values, political views, and the like. And, of course, the child is going to pick up on some of that while growing up.
I'm surprised by some of the names on the list. I think of Luke as strong, guy-next-door, and successful (in the job market, not crime). And, Walter? That has old successful CEO, college professor, or writer/philosphopher written all over it.
The article lists some famous men by the name that turned out well; but the research doesn't mean that 100% of boys with these names will have problems, it's just that they're statistically more likely to. I don't think it's a cause and effect relationship either. There's a correlation and there are other factors that contribute to the correlation (my Skye example is a good example). And, in 10-20 years, when our kids are adults, the list of names will have changed, I'm sure. So, I don't see a problem in using these names for babies now. But, I wonder if the general rules - "oddball, girly, or strange" - will still ring true in the future.
It mentions a 2001 study that showed people make judgements on men's moral character and masculinity based on their name. I forgot about that. The article also comments on names with unusual spellings.
Well, I'm in trouble, given my son's name is Luke. Alec is also a favorite of mine.
I read this article a few months ago, and it just seems silly. I can't imagine how a person's name really effects their behavior. Especially since their ten names, though not in the top 10 or anything, aren't unheard of.. it's not like parents using those names are naming their kids something completely outrageous and off the wall that's going to trigger a life time of teasing.