Still Having Trouble with Your Name
So after reading my post yesterday, my wife forwards me an article from CNN: Does your name shape your destiny? First of all, don’t you just love all the stuff floating in the wonderful toilet bowl that is the Internets? So many thoughts and ideas but very few conclusions. The CNN article basically goes: blah, blah, blah, blah, blah with a few unmemorable passages of text made into large quotes to A) make the text seem important and B) lend some credence to the article, and then with the conclusion: “These studies are not absolute. But one thing is clear: A name is more than a name.” And then the big finish: a quote. So basically, the article says a lot but actually says very little, and its answer to the question posed in the title, “Does your name shape your destiny?”: it probably does but we’re not entirely sure how. But it probably will, so you probably should name your child something.
The same absolutely holds true for my blog. I hope it’s entertaining for those who stop by and I sure hope visitors come back or even subscribe, but let’s face it – nothing I write is going to make or break your week, your day, or even the time between you reading this and when you Alt + Tab when a coworker walks by. But I continue to write because I hope it makes you chuckle, maybe even LOL, drool, or say, “Hmmmm, that’s interesting.” And of course, having subscribers boosts my electronic ego (eEgo? eGo?). But back to the article and baby names.
A few quotes I found interesting from the article. First,
Professors reported children with “black-sounding” names such as Lakisha and Jamal are 50 percent less likely to receive a call back for a job interview compared to “white-sounding” names such as Emily or Greg.
So sadly, our child won’t be named Watermelondrea or Colla’Greeniqua.
Pelham attributes the naming phenomenon to ‘implicit egotism,” the idea that people unconsciously select things, places and other people that resemble them.
So I guess Marylandre and Koreandrea are in play.
A name can affect academic achievement, said professors Leif Nelson, now at the University of California-Berkeley, and Joseph Simmons at Yale University, in their 2007 study. After analyzing grades, they found students with names that began with a C or D earned lower grade point averages than those that started with an A or a B.
You know us Asians are all about academic achievement, so maybe we’ll go with Astute or Brilliant.
Somewhat more seriously, I do have a list of girl names that I’d like to use but for some reason, my wife doesn’t like them:
My Dad Knows Karate
Sometimes, I’d like it if God made my life easy and like in the Bible, send an Angel of the Lord and tell us what to name the child. Although, if He did, I’d probably Google the name, research the meaning, etymology and how popular it is, and come back and say, “Are you sure, God?”