Can your name affect your success?

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Lyndsay - posted on 10/02/2010

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Pretty much common sense. This is why I feel bad for kids who are named Kwan'tiki'lu or Cynnamin.

Charlie - posted on 10/02/2010

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Sorry but its hard to take someone seriously when they name their children names that look like the alphabet threw up on the paper .

I think names can be very powerful .

Krista - posted on 10/01/2010

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There's a difference, though, between unique, interesting names and names that are just plain silly. Cadence and Shia are unique and interesting names, and will likely serve your children well thoughout their lives.

But I'm sorry...if you name your kid Bambi, she's going to have a MUCH harder time being taken seriously. It's not fair, but names DO have a certain amount of power.

And Laura, I think I read that same book as you did. It gave every name a star rating, based on ease of spelling, ease of pronunciation, gender confusion, positive impression, etc. There were a couple of names where the author basically said, "Please don't name your kid this unless you want to ruin her life." LOL!

Tah - posted on 09/30/2010

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i would have thunk...lol...i posted a link during a race debate that said that some names were passed over if they sounded too ethnic, i was 16 when i had my son so his name is Tavier...by 21 i actually thought about these things and named my daughter Sydney and my son Rylan, and i agree that it is not just racial but does have to do with socioeconomic status also. I tell these people please don't name your daughter Alize....or Shekeithia...what in the world. I don't think people consider these things when they name their children..as a matter of fact this needs to be put on the welcome and young moms page because geez louise those kids are gonna be living at home forever if they take some of the suggestions they are given....smh.



YOu can't name your children what wealthy persons and entertainers do because, well...you aren't a wealthy entertainer, Do you think Beyonce and Jay-z's child is every gonna have to apply for a management position?....How about Demi or Gwyneth's babies...uhhh..no..so they can name their children, "Summerdays R Beautiful" and "Candyis Sosweet"...We can't...lol..now if i win this mega millions maybe i will name the next one Thunderbolt instead of Channon Elizabeth, but until then, i'll act like i have a little sense and give the poor child a chance, cause they gotta get outta here...

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Maria - posted on 10/02/2010

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I heard that name in a doctor's office. I thought the receptionist was going to burst into flames when she saw the name. She called the mother over to ask how to say it. And I heard the mother pronounce it and say "isn't it beautiful?" I thought maybe she didn't know what it meant in english when she chose it, but my goodness you have to find out. What is beautiful in one culture might be completely ridiculous in another.

Charlie - posted on 10/02/2010

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OMG Jennifer my friend calls her baby Babaganoosh LOL or Nooshi .

Serena - posted on 10/02/2010

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I saw something like this when I was pregnant with my first child and it resonated wtih me since. I had to fight with my husband tooth and nail to give our children "less ethnic" names. It sucks as a society we have to do this but I guess its just the world we live in.

Jennifer - posted on 10/01/2010

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christina, the day my son was born, we started calling him babaganoosh hahah...its just his at-home-nickname, and we have no idea why we call him that lol. i did not know it was a real name, though! yikes!

Krista - posted on 10/01/2010

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Dammit, Christina, now I'm craving Baba Ghanouj! I'm getting groceries today...I'll have to pick some up.

Sarah - posted on 10/01/2010

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Yeah, like I said, some names are just silly. I think they're in the minority though and you can change them. Also, once you get to a certain age, you can ask to be called something else.

While silly names would probably give you a harder time, I still think it's the person underneath that will dictate how successful they become.

It is JUST a name, though I do understand where you are all coming from.

Hope Cadence and Shia view it the way you do Krista! I bet they'll long to be called Jane or Anne or something! hahaha :)

C. - posted on 10/01/2010

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I think certain names do prevent you from being successful.



I think it's wrong to base the judgement of how well they'll do the job with their name, but at the same time when you have some outlandish name.. You can't expect everyone to be on board with it and want to hire them as soon as they get an interview. Along with experience and other qualifications, needs to be a name that isn't so out there, IMO.



I agree with Sharon G and Janessa. Bobbi Jo or Babaganoosh aren't exactly heading exec offices, you know?



And yes, I actually went to a couple baby name sites and Babaganoosh WAS on there!

Sarah - posted on 10/01/2010

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I really like unusual names, my girls names are Cadence Amalie and Shia Essen. My name is boring old Sarah lol, so I wanted my girls to have more interesting names because I always hated my dull name!!
I don't think that names make a blind bit of difference to how successful you are. We spend our whole lives telling our kids that they can be whatever they want to be, that nothing can stop them as long as they put the work in etc. I believe that's true, and just because they're called something unusual, I don't think that will change.

Sure there are some names that are a bit silly, but hey, they can always change them if they hate them! I just think success comes from hard work and effort rather than a persons name. :)

Louise - posted on 10/01/2010

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If you look at the British parliament you do not see any Summers, Candy's, Apple Blossoms etc they are all Jack's, Sarah, Edward etc. These fad names seem to be popular but can you imagine in years to come the Priminister being called Fifi Trixiebelle! No a name is important and sometimes us parents can go to far in trying to make our child stand out from the crowd. I gave all three of my children traditional names and names that have been in the family for years.

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Yes, I suppose it CAN affect your success. Truth and reality is that people and society are more often than not biased about appearances and names regardless of anti-discriminatory laws and the like. But I also think that if you are ambitious, focussed and intelligent, your name doesn't have to be a handicap. I grew up with a girl called Peace, who is now a successful lawyer. A friend called Stream, who is a successful businessman. Employers or corporations or businesses may discriminate based purely on names, but if that is the case and they pass over a talented, qualified and skilled individual just for one with a more conventional name, than that is a loss for their business and customers/clients and probably actually a blessing (in disguise) for the oddly-named applicant.

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Jennifer, I have a teacher friend that had a student by that name. It's incredibly sad that more than one person has name their child that.

Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2010

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my husband went to school with a girl named Shithead...pronounced shetaid. I am completely serious. i saw the yearbook!



in elementary school there was a girl whose last name was Benz...and yes, her first name was mercedes.



i am all for uncommon names, but some parents are just dumb.

Isobel - posted on 09/30/2010

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When I was pregnant with Eve, I had the best name book ever! The writers did a poll and asked random people what they thought a person who had that name would be like, then put the average answer in. Loved it!

and yes, I do believe that some parents are just wrong when they are naming their kids.

Krista - posted on 09/30/2010

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Our department head is named Madeleine. I love that name, and would love to use that name if we ever have a little girl. But I'm worried that people might think I'm sucking up if I give my kid the same name as my big boss!

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Well Sharon, my principal was Dewey, the assistant principal was Keisha, and the curriculum adviser was Bo.

But in general I agree that names can play a part in success.

Sharon - posted on 09/30/2010

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Seriously have a look at your managment chain. The 5 highest in our district are
Lori (lowest)
laura
Mike
rick
steve

Working for these people are gene keren sharon michelle. I'm curious what your managment uppers look like

Stifler's - posted on 09/29/2010

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HAHA. I saw a thread on young mums the other day about "original" names and just laughed at all the names. It was all like Shebedaya Maigh and stuff. Poor kids.

Krista - posted on 09/29/2010

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The way I see it is this: add the prefix "Supreme Court Justice" to the name you are considering giving your child. If it sounds silly, then that name MAY be a handicap for your child when he or she becomes an adult.

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I agree as well. We gave our kids "normal" first names, but more unique middle names (for exampe, our middle daughter's middle name is Zara) so they can go by their middle names if the wat something more unusual later on in life. We also named our kids with the future in mind. Our youngest is named Elena and she can (and does) go by Ellie, Elle or Elena. It gives her versatility for the future.

Krista - posted on 09/29/2010

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I agree. I think some parents are really doing their kids a disservice. Not that the name has to be super-conventional, but like it or not, names DO make impressions of their own. When I was picking out names, I got this great baby name book that not only listed the names, it listed possible nicknames, what impressions that name gave in a survey, etc.

People can often excel despite their name, but why add that extra handicap onto your kid?

Jocelyn - posted on 09/29/2010

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Yup I agree with Sharon as well. Candy will probably get passed over for a Danielle, Xerox will get passed over for a William. And it sucks because it's not their fault, it's their parents fault.

Janessa - posted on 09/29/2010

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I agree with sharon 100% stupid names meaning ghetteo names and rednecks names do not get those people anywhere. I think they should have laws in naming kids period. If your from a tribe from africa or of the americas you can have tribal names it isdifferent then those uneducated people naming they kids after cars, after something they like to eat lol.

Sharon - posted on 09/29/2010

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I'm more along the lines of "DUH". This is why its Trump Tower, not Shaniqua or Diesel Tower.

That said - my kids have rather fanciful names but I made sure they had "normal" names to fall back on for future use if they choose to go the uber professional route.

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