A Poorly Chosen Baby Name Can Mean a Lifetime of Disappointment for Your Kid

oliviaOne of the toughest decisions to make when you're pregnant is what to name your child. Not only are you going to be judged by your family, friends, and random people you stop and chat with on the street, your kid is going to be stuck with what you choose for the rest of his or her life. That's a lot of pressure.

And thanks to a new study, that pressure has just doubled. Apparently, a bad choice of name for your child can lead to a life full of neglect, poor relationship opportunities, low self-esteem, a higher likelihood of smoking, and decreased education prospects. Awesome. 


The study of nearly 12,000 people is based on users of the European matchmaking website eDarling. It was there that researchers found that most people would rather stay single than go out with someone with an unappealing name. (Side bar -- the name users found least appealing on the site was Kevin.) According to one of the study's co-authors, Wiebke Neberich, "There seems to be prejudice based on name (associations). It's a mostly unconscious process where all the associations we have with a particular name will pop up: (associations) from the newspapers, from stories, and, of course, from our own history."

So, really, names are all relative to people, which makes choosing one all the more daunting. How are we supposed to know who or what every person associates with every name? I mean, when you look at it that way, someone's bound to hate your child's name at some point. Which was fine ... until it meant they wouldn't get into a good college, or take up smoking because of it.

Then again, there's the theory that being a good example to your child and offering lots of love, support, and direction can always supersede these faceless, all-powerful name haters who will force your child into a lifetime of disappointment and bad decisions.

Yeah, I think I'll go with that. Not just because it seems like the right thing to do, but because I know not one, but two, really happy, successful Kevins.

Did you feel pressure when coming up with your child's name?


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