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Baby Names - You're kidding Right???

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Oh, I have a better one.

A woman on a message board I frequent wanted to name her son "Kaiser". She asked for middle name suggestions. Can you see where this is going? Yup, someone actually said, "I like 'Wilhelm' with 'Kaiser'."

Oh, and a woman who was going to name her daughter 'Kali'. Cuz nuthin' says "cute little baby" like "necklace of skulls".

This story came out in our national newspaper (The New Zealand Herald) a few days ago. It says that having a very feminine name gives people a different impression of you than having a less feminine name, and so leads to different life choices, study and career wise, basically.

But the piece I love is this bit the end... (link to the article below, and I've shortened the quote a little and added bold)

He also showed how harmful giving your child a "chav" or lower-status name can be.

In a study of 55,000 children, the exam marks of those with "lower-status" names - often spelled in an unusual way or including punctuation - were on average 3 to 5 percentage points lower than siblings with more traditional names.

One of the reasons was teachers had lower expectations of them.

Some names immediately aroused images of success, others of popularity or kindness. On the whole, people judged to have more traditional names such as Rachel and Robert did extremely well. More alternative names scored badly. Breeze was given 16 out of 100, while Christopher received full marks. "A name is part of an impression package," said Mehrabian. "Parents who make up bizarre names for their children are ignorant, arrogant or just foolish."

Figlio said people should be more aware of the power of names.

"In ways we are only beginning to understand, children with different names but the exact same upbringing grow up to have remarkably different life outcomes," he said.

"If you want to give your child a name that connotes low status, then you need to be aware of the consequences."



--- Quote from: twinkletoes on May 07, 2007, 05:46:05 PM ---I have a coworker who named her daughter 'Alexia.'  This coworker came to my place of work before she gave birth, and she would always tell people what she was naming her daughter.  We don't get along that well, so I 'forgot' to mention to her that the name means 'loss of an ability to read.'  Heh.  

For future reference, there probably isn't a whole lot you can do.  If someone is dead-set in love with a particular name, it doesn't matter what anyone else says, and any dissenters might be seen as "stuck-in-the-muds with no imagination and can't see that Mannollloo Blossom Esmerelda is a beautiful name."  And if it's someone telling you the name by proxy (as in your case, with the grandmother), it really depends on how they say the name - eye rolling? beaming with joy?  It's also out of their hands, so I think saying anything is a waste of breath.

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I saw a cashier one time with a nametag that said "Candida."  I didn't tell her what it appeared her mother must have been suffering from when she was born, but I did think it an odd name.


--- Quote from: Maggie on May 07, 2007, 06:29:15 PM ---
--- Quote from: DeliaD on May 07, 2007, 05:42:39 PM ---Am I right in guessing that "Ahhneastiy" would be pronounced "Honesty"?
That is a bit of a stretch!

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Yes it would be pronounced Honesty Lynn

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At least that's better. I actually thought the pronounciation was Ahh Nasty Lynn and wondered why anyone in their right mind would want to name their daughter that.

And lol to Keiser Wilhelm.


--- Quote from: RJeeves on May 07, 2007, 06:40:47 PM ---At least that's better. I actually thought the pronounciation was Ahh Nasty Lynn and wondered why anyone in their right mind would want to name their daughter that.
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That's what I read it as, too!  And, you know that, if at least 2 of us here misread it, this is not going to be the last time the error is made.  Not only that, but can you imagine the poor child on the schoolyard playground?  Kids can be cruel, and this name's just begging for it.....


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