Names and Success In The Workplace….hmmm

posted 3 years ago in Names
  • poll: Would you consider a different name based on the findings of this article?
    Yes : (7 votes)
    29 %
    No : (15 votes)
    63 %
    I don't know : (1 votes)
    4 %
    The name(s) I like is/are already listed : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that giving your kids “normal” names results in more success, so I am definitely giving my kids normal names. There are also findings like more masculine-sounding names result in more success, even for women, than more feminine sounding names. I’ll follow those general principles, but I’m not sure I’d use specific names researchers claim are most successful… to me THAT is taking it a bit far and I think it’s more likely that those effects could be overcome by the individual.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    it would NOT influence anything. i hate it when people say that unusual names arenot taken seriously. like, yeah, barack obama is super common, isn’t it?

     

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @distracts:  can I see some of this so called evidence?

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Absolutely, people judge based on names.  ABSOLUTELY.  SHOULD they?  No.  But they do.  So yes, it is something I think everyone should consider when naming their children.  However, with the success of people like Barack Obama, and Oprah Winfrey, and with celebrities naming their children whatever — Blue, Apple, North — we’re hopefully headed in a direction that will result in more equitable treatment of those without mainstream names.  

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @distracts:  I strongly believe that this will begin to change. More and more people are giving their children more unusual names so the pool of “normal” names will dwindle. I equate it to the fact that many businesses are now more open about tattoos. With the amount of people with tattoos its in their best interest to be more all encompassing.

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    If I have kids, I plan to them more common names, but I don’t really think that names always have anything to do with how successful someone is. There is a very successful woman I know named Athena and that’s not a common name. 

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    The article link would be helpful!

    Post # 10
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Sweet_Tea:  The original study blog seems to be this one: http://blog.theladders.com/research-2/3556/

    Author says shorter names earn more, and even one letter in the same name (Sara vs Sarah, Philip vs Phillip) made a difference. Sorry, that just sets off my BS-meter. Either it’s statistical fluke, or richer/more educated parents choose shorter names, or plain old made up. 

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @bebero:  You can google to find it. Onomasticians study it so there are actually real studies about it. Yes, it’s all based on human biases, but the fact of the matter is that MANY people are biased against weird names.

    And clearly Barack is an exception to the rule. There are exceptions. No one is saying it isn’t. But people with weird names have to work harder to get taken seriously and overcome the perception that they’re from a low-class trashy background. Cause really, almost everyone I know has that first gut reaction when seeing a weird name.

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I think it depends on the name. Give them an uncommon or ethnic name, cool. Name them after an inanimate object or something ridiculously made up (along the lines of La-a, Vagina, Peekaboo, etc.), then I can see it being a hindrance. I have an unusual name. It’s very much a ME name. Any that my parents had previously considered would be laughable seeing who I am now. I don’t think all boys need to be names Steven or the girls names Jennifer to be successful. So, while I wouldn’t give my child a ludicrous name, I won’t give them the same name that everyone and their best friend has. 

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @distracts:  What’s your definition of a weird name as far as low class goes? 

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @distracts:  I did google but nothing serious came up, that’s why I asked for evidence.

    Post # 16
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @HonoraryNerd:  Yeah. I think Barack Obama is taken more seriously because it’s an ethnic name. A person named Apple or North? Not so much. And of course something traditional like John is always going to seem nice, but that’s not for everyone.

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