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Do you think a child's first name has any influence over the kind of person he/she grows up to become?

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08/09/15 5:10 pm

If i need to believe this..I will give my kid the name : biggie D...

08/08/15 2:07 pm

Read Freakonomics if you seriously believe this. They proved this to be false.

KDog4792 Pennsylvania
08/07/15 1:59 pm

That is just mean, and a stereotype

08/06/15 9:05 pm

My name is Reagan and I'm libertarian. So no

08/05/15 5:07 pm

Unless it's a really stupid name... No.

tendergrapes NC
08/05/15 8:04 am

Every Tyler is a giant douche. Sorry to all Tylers but it's absolutely true.

08/04/15 9:39 pm

Worst I've seen as an educator: Jake-up, Atrayu, Tiger

08/04/15 8:23 pm

Do you know any multi-billionaires named DeShandra

08/04/15 5:04 pm

One action creates a ripple of reactions that writes what happens in the future

jrazz Virginia
08/04/15 1:30 pm

No, I think the person's name molds into the way people feel about the name.

Zatic13 Massachusetts
08/04/15 8:16 am

A boy named Sue by Johnny Cash. That is all.

mushydoge7 California
08/04/15 12:22 am

Name a boy Nancy and see how that goes

packers1 Wisconsin
08/03/15 7:17 pm

I don't know about first name, but a person's last name is sometimes a good indicator of how a person will turn out.

dessy Indiana cornfield
08/03/15 3:30 pm

Yes I mean look at Beyonce. Tell me that that name wasn't meant to be known.

jamjay Atlanta, Ga
08/03/15 2:20 pm

I think that such ethnic names as La.... Or D'...... will adversely affect adulthood.
Seriously, some of these made up names are ridiculous.

08/06/15 9:18 am

I know a poor kid named D'aiden.

jamjay Atlanta, Ga
08/07/15 10:23 am

It is hard to take to take L"someshit" seriously.

AndrewMalone Alabama
08/03/15 1:33 am

If your named hitler I guess so..

TheGreatC Wisconsin
08/03/15 10:16 pm

But Hitler was his last name

philhays Meridian, Ms
08/03/15 1:00 am

My first cousin has a stripper name first and last. But she is far from a stripper.

08/03/15 5:34 am

As far as you know.

Renxxx America
08/02/15 7:56 pm

I like to be called a different name than my own by my friends, but I would never change my name because that would hurt my family's feelings. It does make me feel and act a bit different when I use the name I chose, I feel more confident.

EarthMunkey The Golden Rule. Always.
08/02/15 7:29 pm

A normal name probably doesn't effect much but I have seen some messed up names.

Lipstick, Precious, Cutie, Legend, Cherish, ... Just about any name that when you mention what you are basing your kid they say, "No, really, what's her/his name?"

08/02/15 7:07 pm

A boy named Sue.

jostarg FL
08/02/15 6:26 pm

I mean, it's been proven that this is true, so this isn't really a question of opinion.

08/02/15 6:30 pm

Proven??? Evidence???

yepnope Maryland
08/02/15 7:20 pm

That statement requires a source

alval California
08/02/15 7:32 pm

Two reliable sources

Shreveport New York
08/02/15 6:06 pm

Not unless it's something weird. Like if you name you're kid Shallome-Poopface obviously that's going to negatively affect them, but I don't see why a John would be any different from a Steve or a Tim or whatever.

08/02/15 5:16 pm

Names like Aiden, Aidyn, Aidan, Ayden, Aayden,Aaden doesn't have a right spelling Aidan, Aiden, Ayden are the most popular and we named our son that as well
Our daughter name is slightly unique but never found anyone that didn't like it

jvc1133 61535
08/02/15 5:12 pm

No, unless it's a boy named Sue.

demandside New Keynesian
08/02/15 4:56 pm

No, they serve more as representations of the child's socio economic background rather than have any direct effect on the child

AbandonedAccnt Not here.
08/02/15 4:59 pm

Socioeconomic background? So what is the economic background of Someone named Mary?

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
08/02/15 5:39 pm

Okie... Wanna take a guess what socioeconomic background Shakar is from? We had a guy in my school named Shakar...

AbandonedAccnt Not here.
08/02/15 5:48 pm

No. No idea. It could be anything. That's was my point. Mary could be rich, poor, black, white, Indian, or something else. Shakar could be white or anything else.

AbandonedAccnt Not here.
08/02/15 5:49 pm

And I voted "yes" on the question, but I don't think a name has certain socioeconomic traceability.

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
08/02/15 5:57 pm

There are names that you can pinpoint to an extent.

demandside New Keynesian
08/02/15 7:35 pm

It's statistics, there are certain names that statically fall on different ends of the socio economic ladder. Certain names are used more by the lower class and others are more exclusive to the upper class

Nemacyst No Lives Matter
08/03/15 12:46 pm

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rukidding Colorado
08/02/15 4:49 pm

Yes, if it's stupid.

08/02/15 3:41 pm

Also in schools teachers DO look at the class list and wonder what the problem is with parents who name their kids weird names or celebrities names. Does NOT work in the child's favor. Names can be unique with weirdness!

08/02/15 3:35 pm

Giving a child a weird or misspelled name does NOT make them special or gifted. It makes them bullied and they spend their life trying to get people to spell or pronounce it correctly.

08/02/15 3:29 pm

My roommate had an Aunt Gonnerhea, so yes

welove Florida
08/02/15 3:11 pm

Batak may be the perfect example.

sea California
08/02/15 3:11 pm

I had a classmate named Gaylord. He got bullied non stop.

kimberlyhope Florida
08/02/15 3:04 pm

Yes! Lol I've been saying this for a long time now. If you give them a weird crazy name that they are bound to be made fun of for their whole lives, it's going to have some influence on who they are, or at least how they behave.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
08/02/15 2:42 pm

No. Or at least if it does the effect must be negligible. Otherwise the list of successful people worldwide throughout history would have a LOT of repeats. As would the list of well-known sociopaths.

AKCowboysFan Anchorage m8
08/02/15 2:19 pm

You're probably going to become pretty cynical if your name is "Dick"

08/02/15 7:14 pm

Yeah but it is a nickname for Richard

andrewmac Paris
08/02/15 1:50 pm

Depends. I don't think being named Tom or Joe would makes difference but if it's Tom vs Blue Ivy then yea it would

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
08/02/15 1:49 pm

Read nurture shock. There is a chapter in the book that covers this topic (even spelling of the name).

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
08/02/15 1:46 pm

I just hope the girl named Ammanubia that I met is extremely proud.

MackGray Jiving and Shucking
08/02/15 1:40 pm

In the book freakanomics names of children are discussed in relation to success in life. Studies show giving your child a urban name makes it harder to find a job vs your Tom, John, Sally etc.

MackGray Jiving and Shucking
08/02/15 1:44 pm

There is a story about a couple who named their son winner. Their second son was named loser. Winner grew up to be a criminal in and out of jail. Loser grew up to be a well respected police officer. So sometimes a name doesn't help or hinder

EndTheFediFunny Iowa
08/02/15 1:38 pm

If their name is Mohammed, they'll grow up to be a allahu akbar bomber.

08/02/15 1:32 pm

In high school I knew a guy named Kirby Flake. Enough said.

ArceusBlitz Left wing Libertarian
08/02/15 1:14 pm

Yep, considering a lot of people with African names are denied job opportunities

Handstand .
08/02/15 1:06 pm

Anyone who voted no, isn't in touch with real life.

burdman Nowhere
08/02/15 11:53 am

My name defines my life. I try to be as honest, truthful, and as Frank as I can be ;)

Grimmy13 LetsGoBrandon
08/02/15 11:48 am

I'm a male and have a rather femme name. After my 3d suspension for fighting kids that were picking on me, my parents let me use my middle name. I think those events in elementary school made me very guarded and quick to go on the offense.

FluffyBear South Carolina
08/02/15 11:52 am

My hubby has the same issue but his middle name is also feminine. He is one tough guy when he has to be!

goalie31 OrthodoxCatholicChristian
08/02/15 11:55 am

Fluff, that's when you switch to initials... Unless you are me who gets stuck with BJ... Good thing I like the name Ben lol

FluffyBear South Carolina
08/02/15 12:08 pm

He wouldn't mind BJ at all! 😉 When he got older he shortened his first name when he introduces himself but still has his full name on legal docs. I actually love his name, to me it's sexy. It used to be more of a man's name until the 80's.

CudOfCow Oregon
08/02/15 12:32 pm

Gotta love getting suspended for defending yourself against bullys. The school system method of discipline is so screwed up.

Grimmy13 LetsGoBrandon
08/02/15 12:37 pm

It was really just teasing and normal kid stuff. We moved around a bit and in each new school I'd have to establish that I wasn't to be messed with. I guess you could equate it to the "Boy Named Sue" complex.

MitchellRock Virginia Beach
08/02/15 11:39 am

Let's say your applying for a job... And there's you and one other person who is too. You guys are both equally qualified in everything, except your name is shaniqua or lafawnda and their name is Stephanie or Anne. Don't you think that they're at

MitchellRock Virginia Beach
08/02/15 11:40 am

Least a little bit influenced by their names?

MitchellRock Virginia Beach
08/02/15 11:42 am

Or rather the employer will probably be influenced by their names