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June 8th, 2006, 08:40 AM
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Many popular names have stereotypes attached to them. What do you think of this; do you think these names have acquired their stereotypes fairly?
What are some stereotypes you associate with certain names? Have the people you know who have those names contributed to or disproved the stereotype?
Have name stereotypes influenced your choices ?
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June 8th, 2006, 09:12 AM
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I think names that end in a y or ie have a "cute" sterotype. Like Kellie, Jenny, Lizzie, Missy etc. I think this stereotype was earned by the personalities of the people who went by those names, since most of them were short for a longer name. A Jenny was usually more fun-loving than someone who went by Jennifer, which sounded more serious, more grown-up. I also think that names with stereotypes can sometimes be perpetuated by how the person who has the name feels about themself. When I was little Three's Company was a popular sitcom and the character Crissy was very ditzy (the stereotypical dumb blonde). I felt like people expected me to be ditzy too as I was a blonde Crissy. I was okay with that because I thought the character Crissy was funny and very pretty. But later when I wanted to be taken more seriously I went by my full name. That happened a lot in high school - many of the Jenny's became Jenn, the Melissa's Mel, etc, to separate from their cute younger stereotype.
I am thinking about this lately because I have one son with a very popular name (Jack) and I am wondering as he grows up hat sort of stereotype that name will acquire.
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June 8th, 2006, 09:17 AM
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I agree with you, about the cutesy names. When I hear cutesy I think ..
Brittany
Tiffany
Krissy
Besty etc ..
That's one sterotype that I don't like .

Also, biblical names that were owned by bad people . Like Kane .
People tend to associate that .
Same with Samara from The Ring, and Damon from The Omen .
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June 8th, 2006, 09:27 AM
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Oh definitely Samara from the Ring - and it's such a pretty name too!
Damien may get a renewed stereotype now that the Omen has been remade, but I knew many Damiens and none of them were at all alike so that didn't hold true for me.
Every Mackenzie I know is petite so far.
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June 8th, 2006, 12:15 PM
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I always got stereotyped for my name among other things....I was named Rebecca and my parents always called me Becka (they HATED the nn Becky, still do!) but when I was in middle school I thought Becka wasnt girly enough and I had people call me Becky (my mom never forgave me for that! ) Problem is, ppl think of dumb blondes when they hear the name Becky, so that combined with the platinum hair and the big ole bb's ....well lets just say its a little annoying!
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June 9th, 2006, 06:48 PM
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I know what you mean. People told me that about Siobhan, (which is gaelic) because it's pronounced She-von. I think it is a bit racist. Definitely stereotyping. That's one of the reasons i asked in another post about giving your child an ethnic name of another ethnicity. Like if I named my son Malik, would people reading his name assume he was black? Or for example I know a girl named Tonisha, people often are surprised to meet her and find she's white. And so what? Why not break the stereotype?
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