Skip to comments.Baby names reveal parents' political ideology
Posted on 06/07/2013 4:13:47 PM PDT by workerbee
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The sounds of liberal and conservative names varied, too. For both boys and girls, liberals tended to pick more feminine-sounding choices, such as Liam, Ely and Leila names that include lots of L sounds and soft-A endings, including popular choices Ella and Sophia.
Conservatives, on the other hand, tend to pick names with more masculine-sounding Ks, Bs, Ds and Ts, such as Kurt. A couple of famous national political families demonstrate that pattern, Oliver said: The liberal Obamas named their daughters Sasha and Malia, both names heavy on As and Ls, whereas the conservative Palin family picked more masculine-sounding names for both their boys and girls, particularly Track, Trig, Bristol and Piper (although third daughter Willow got a softer-sounding moniker).
The findings of an ideological split mostly among the well-educated are no surprise, Oliver said, as only about 20 percent of the American public holds strong political principles, and those people tend to be college educated. In that group, he said, the data suggest that liberals are looking to distinguish themselves for their culture and education by choosing esoteric names. Conservatives, on the other hand, seem to pick traditional names that will distinguish their kids as economically successful.
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It’s even worse when it gets into III, IV or V. Yikes! C’mon folks, use some imagination!
That has been under discussion for several decades, now.
If she was from Saskatchewan, she could be Vagina from Regina ! Thanks :)
Names like Antwaan or D'Queshiaya facilitate online searches--they're a lot easier to find than names like Jane or John.
I knew someone who was a V. His nickname was Quint.
Imagine having four ancestors with your name. Maybe I should say imagine having a name belonging to four ancestors.
I don’t think that was unusual years ago. Many seemed to use the same names.
That's called child abuse.
Thanks for sharing. I know another "named by the nurse" story. I wonder how common that is?
It’s not just nowadays. Back in the early 80s I worked for the child support office; the unit I worked in dealt exclusively with Memphis, TN. I swear that after giving birth, the hospital would bring the mother a bowl of alphabet soup, and whatever letters were in the first spoonful were made into the baby’s name.
There's a great Florence song, but I can't think of any Emma songs.
“As I’ve always had a fascination with names and naming trends, I found this article quite interesting.”
Agree. The first thing you see on a resume is the name. You can immediately tell a lot about a person, just from the name. You may infer that the person got preferences, or got anti-preference (Jewish or Asian). And yes, if they have white, whacked out, parents, you’ll get some weird names, like “Moon Unit”. But one can ALWAYS file those away in the trash.
Re your post 76, thanks for pointing that out. Most people assume that Jr. and II are interchangeable.
Same here. My mom always said that she chose names that wouldn't have to be spelled out over the telephone. She also thought a name should lend a certain dignity to its bearer. I've got no complaints.
When I first met my (future) wife, she told me that she'd had the name for her first daughter picked out for over a decade. I didn't argue with that, and when our daughter arrived, she was named Briagh (bree-ah). It's Scots Gaelic for 'fine, pleasant, or beautiful'.
My daughter is Sarah. :D I have good, conservative tastes. My son is William. :D
Your point is? (post 74)
Mr. Sinatra Jr. is just another example of someone trying to trade on the family name and not being particularly good at it.
I do have to concede that Hank Williams Jr. carved out quite a career trading on his father’s name. Somehow with just a modicum of talent, he did it.
Agreed. I also gave all my boys their own unique name.
Prior to my generation, my father's family had been recycling the same half dozen men's names for generations. My mom put an end to that, thank goodness.
My wife and her mother share the same middle name. My wife hates it, because everyone knew her mom by that name.
I completely agree with that, and have seen it play out in real life.
When my baby sister's first boy was on the way, she set her mind on honoring her husband by making baby a Junior. This, despite the fact that she has two uncles and a nephew with the same first name. Today, my family has five Michaels.
There is a girl that works at the car rental agency I use when I travel to NM... her name is Esther. I love the traditional names of people in the heartland... Bertha is another amazing name I have seen out here in NM.
I like Martha, Elizabeth and Louise. I like old fashioned family names. All my kids have family names passed from generation to generation.
My family took a name all the way to four generations before my sister-in-law put her foot down when their son was born and named him something with no family names. It was crazy- my dad and granddad had ranches in the same area and the banks and what not stayed confused. It did make it easier for me to do the genealogy for my dad’s tree. I found out the unusual first name was scattered throughout the family and went back to an ancestor that died in the Civil War. I think it must have started out as a way to honor him and then went too far.
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