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Certain Names

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I've noticed some bizarre trends in Anglo-Saxon/Anglo-Norman/Latin-based/mostly European first names. A certain few names are much more frequently associated with people I find annoying, stupid, a waste of oxygen, slimey, pretentious, little shit, etc. And it's not my prejudice either. I'm only talking about the ones where I find out their name after I see how they behave, what they say/do and form an opinion of them. It's beginning to give me that little drag-my-feet-across-the-carpet-and-touch-a-door-knob shock feeling every time.

It's bad enough that I'm thinking about consciously making it a personal goal to set out to find and meet a good-hearted person with the same name just to dispell the name-to-asshole association.

Does anyone else notice this? It's probably the case that everyone finds a different set of names associated with people they like/dislike.

Please don't name specific names. I really don't want the name-to-asshole association pre-planted in my head... as curious as I am *bite lip* >KB =)



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Jun. 9th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
Having been born in the 80s, I've had more chances than I really would have liked to interact with kids whose parents gave them yuppie names -- you know, first names that used to be WASP surnames. These kids were, with maybe one or two exceptions, all incredible dicks.
Jun. 10th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)
Hunter smacked Chandler with the spoon, and Parker and Morgan had to break it up.
Jun. 9th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm. Makes me think of classical Hebrew and geomancy.
Jun. 9th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
I hate my middle name because someone in grade school had the same name and I couldn't stand her. I have always been tempted to change it. Maybe someday.
Jun. 9th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. Definitely.
Jun. 9th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
I know that sometimes I will really like a name, and then I will meet someone I don't like who has that name, and then I can no longer think of that name in the same good light.
Jun. 9th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
Well, there are -definite- trends in terms of naming, esp. when it comes to social class, education level, etc. So you might notice that all rich, over-educated snobs tend to have similar names, and if you hate rich, over-educated snobs, then you'll probably find a lot of people you hate have the same names.

There was a write-up about it in Freakonomics that was interesting.
Jun. 9th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
Lottery winners tend to live in big cities. It's also said that Cancerians called Hanna who buy their tickets on a Wednesday have won more than others. However, if Hanna moves to the city and buys a ticket on Wednesday, she's not any luckier - she has an equal chance of winning as Billy Bob in the suburbs buying his ticket on a Sunday night.

The point is that these 'certain' names are more popular, and so in a given population, it's statistically more likely that the fucktards just happen to have those certain names.

That's the rational explanation. However, it is simply more fun to believe that having a certain name has a causal effect on a person's fucktardedness.
Jun. 9th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
I don't know about the name-to-asshole association, but I have a name-to-cool association. All Sarah's I know (about 5) have red hair, blue eyes and are incredibly sweet and easy to be around.
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Jun. 10th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
every other person I've met with my name is not like me, and it puts a bad name on the name

I'm willing to bet you've thought of changing your name... even as just a casual thought.

I find it very interesting to see the contrast in the names that people will choose for themselves versus the names they're given at birth. =)
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Jun. 10th, 2005 06:23 am (UTC)
There's a joke that teachers have problems naming their children, because of the sheer volume of kids they have known and the percentage of which are/were PAINS.

So true. Well also because even if it's not a kid who's a pain, being a teacher I know SO many kids that a lot of names have some kind of association.
Jun. 10th, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, I can imagine! =O
Jun. 10th, 2005 09:02 am (UTC)
oh, I know that! Friends and colleagues and nieces and nephews are popping out babies like crazy around me (must be my age I guess...) and sometimes I cannot believe the names they come up with (because of bad associations from my side).
Jun. 10th, 2005 09:16 am (UTC)
nieces and nephews must be cousins. In Dutch it's all the same word and I never can remember when to use cousin and when niece or nephew. aaaaaargh.
Jun. 10th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
I can't remember the English genealogy terms, but I think nieces and nephews are technically a type of cousin, so that kinda makes sense =)
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Jun. 10th, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC)
Fiction writers pick names that will harmonize with their imaginary characters, using the same sort of observations.
Jun. 10th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
Yes =) It's neat to see that sometimes in books and movies. And that serves to reinforce the stereotypes for the name if the work becomes well-known =}
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