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Baby Names/Food for Thought

You guys all know how I feel about "unique" names...but this is interesting. Even about "normal" names. Thoughts?

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  • That's interesting.  I wish I knew what the winner/loser names actually were.  And the research behind it.
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  • I think we do hear a name and sometimes make judgements. I would like to know more about the research too.
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  • so true... I definitely judge by names, can't help it. I also associate any terrors from my classroom volunteer days to other people with the same name. And I have a grudge against just about every girl that is NicHole. lol

    But really, some of my friends started calling me Nikki as a nicname when I was in 4th grade, and my teacher started calling me that too. My mom went BSC about it and got really mad and asked the teacher to refer to me only by Nicole (they were coworkers, my mom was a teacher in the same school, and I'm sure it was in a very professional non-BSC way), but she did eventually admit to me it was because she thought Nikki was a trashy name. It was a strange convo, and all my 4th grade self was able to take away from it at the time was that Nikki on the Guiding Light or some other soap opera was trashy... That was the only Nikki I knew at all!!!! and she was only on TV! hahaha

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  • I thinks names deffinitely affect a person. That is why naming a kid is such a difficult process! Everyone has their own connotations toward various names. There are definitely names Steve and I have said we'll never use because of bad associations.

    There is a book that came out several years ago called "The Baby Name Survey Book". It is a baby names book like all others, but it also includes the results of a survey done by some researchers on name connotations from the general public. Each name has listed: the origin, meaning, alternate spellings and nicknames, famous people with that name, and the general connotation results of that name from the survey.

    My mom bought it to use when writing her novel to name her characters.

  • Naming aside, can I please vent that I get absolutely disgusted when people call those who shop at Wal-Mart "low-class" or "trashy".  That is incredibly offensive.  Wal-Mart is the ONLY shopping center in my town, there isn't a Target, or a Publix, or a Meijer, or a Whole Foods, or a Trader Joes.  And EVERYONE shops there, from the people who are on WIC and food stamps to those who live in the $300,000 houses.  I wish people would think before they said stuff like that.
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    Naming aside, can I please vent that I get absolutely disgusted when people call those who shop at Wal-Mart "low-class" or "trashy".  That is incredibly offensive.  Wal-Mart is the ONLY shopping center in my town, there isn't a Target, or a Publix, or a Meijer, or a Whole Foods, or a Trader Joes.  And EVERYONE shops there, from the people who are on WIC and food stamps to those who live in the $300,000 houses.  I wish people would think before they said stuff like that.

    I can sort of relate. Steve worked for Walmart for a couple years and my SIL currently works there. Steve gets teased by his fraternity brothers all the time about it and people make fun of SIL for it too. They say things like they have too many teeth to work there and etc. It really bothers them and makes me mad when I hear about it.

    I personally have issues with walmart, but I would never judge someone for working there or shopping there.

  • Yeah, I worked there in college too, and my dad unloads their trucks at one of their distribution centers, so I get up in arms when people make fun of the workers, too.
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  • I thought this video was really interesting, it makes you think about a lot!

    DH and I both have names that are fairly unique, but without the unique spelling.  I have to wonder what our favorite baby names mean for our future children! 

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  • I am very intrigued by this, particularly because my name is Brandi.  I'm named after a 70s song that my Mom could play on her guitar.  It is a very popular name where I'm from, but I've met northerners who have never heard of it before. 

    My BIL got my Dad the book Freakonomics that they mention in the video.  BIL read it and apparently Brandi is on the low class names list.  I had never really thought of it like that before because it is such a popular name.  Now I am concerned about having my name on resumes and what people will think.  I had a guy in law school tell me I was the most intelligent Brandi he ever met and most Brandi's are strippers.  

    I've even considered just putting initials on my resume or eventual business card so people won't look at and judge my name.  When I voiced my concerns to my clinic professor she said she had never thought of it like that either.  So I wonder if this stuff depends on the area you are from and not just national/general perception.

    So, for our baby names, most of them are classic traditional names that do not have those kind of meanings.  

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  • I agree with this.  People will totally judge based on a name, and I am guilty of doing it myself.  I think depending on where we are from and the people you know, there are going to be names that make you think certain things about the person with that name.

    And I too thought the Walmart comment was a little unnecessary.  They could have found another way to make their point.

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  • I know people judge based on a name, but I think it's silly....the person didn't choose their name (most of the time) their parent(s) did....
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