We all know that what we name our babies basically creates the life they lead. Don't believe me? Read Freakonomics. There is no doubt that what we name our children affects not only their future success, but also says a lot about us and who we are.
Our backgrounds -- social class, education level, and cultural influences -- have everything to do with the names we choose for our children. A recent article posted on NPR reveals that even our political parties can have quite a bit to do with our naming choices. Liberal babies might be Abigail or John while Republican babies might be Paislee, Liberty, or Rykan.
Makes sense, right?
According to NPR, progressive communities choose more old-fashioned names while conservative ones find names that are more creative or androgynous.
This doesn't come as a shock to most of us. I live in the uber blue state of Massachusetts and I don't know a single Jaelynn, Trigg, or Jackson but I do know a half dozen Jacobs, Elis, and Elizabeths. Let's face it, what people name their children does reveal enormous amounts about who they are.
This is why for me, it was very hard to come up with a name for my kids. Both times I wanted nice, easy to spell names people had heard before, but I also wanted them to be under-used. We almost went with Henry for our son before we learned that half the people we know named their sons Henry. Now his middle name is Henry instead.
As a liberal mama, I can say one is true for me (my son has the very classic name Alan) and one isn't (my daughter is a bit weirder with Samara and we call her Sam, which is obviously unisex).
In case you are confused, I have made a chart. Here are 10 names that fit the NPR criteria for Republican babies:
Here are 10 for Democrat babies:
See the difference? It's very pronounced to me. Now, obviously, this isn't true for everyone (like me, for instance), but in many cases, I bet it would be easy to guess the parent's political party armed only with their baby name choice.
Pretty nifty, no?
Does your baby name match up to this?
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