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    Default How does your name affect your personality?

    I just saw this article on Live Science about how a child's name can affect that child's behavior and personality:

    http://www.livescience.com/culture/b...ts-100610.html

    I've always wondered whether people's names influenced their personalities. What do you think? Yea or nay? Personal experiences? Thoughts to share?
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    Not certain this isn't looking at things backwards. Is it possible that within certain environments that select names where the children can be teased badly, that it's the environment that causes the problems where the main factor is their home environment and secondary, the teasing at school which doesn't help.

    Went to school with a guy with the last name of Fok who was about as dorky as you can get. Needless to say, he was teased mercilessly at school but not by our group.

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    Yes but I think the article misses a couple of things. First, how many people use their real legal name? Most people that know me know that I prefer J.B. over John by a bazillion percent. JB is more of my identity and where I see myself rather than John, yet I suspect that study would have looked at me as a John that could produce false results. "John King" is a rather common sounding name while "J.B. King" seems a bit more higher class to my mind but my full name would be "John Brock King II" which does have a nice regal tone to it.

    Having a name that is rare can encourage one to be more of an individual rather than blend in to the background or at least that would be my thought. If one has a name that is the same as a handful of other kids in school then this may make someone not feel as special where they are the only one. I did find someone who like to be called "Jaby" which sounds just like JB so I did eventually find my doppelganger, but that had its own twists in my life I suspect.

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    My name has definitely affected my life, and likely my personality as a result. It's not trendy or in the "poorly-educated parent" subtype either. Its just very contradictorily foreign, it takes a special kind of polyglot to get my name right on the first try, moreso in the US. And that does something to a person, to have everyone mispronounce your name at first. I used to tense up before any kind of roll call. And in my youth because I moved to new locations so frequently, there was always another audience of new people waiting to stumble over my name. Just another attribute to help me stand out, as if being shy and tall and the perennial new girl weren't enough. But it is unique and I think that has helped me find myself that way. I've made some peace with my name. It still annoys me if strangers just butcher it without a thought. I'm sensitive to that. If I don't know how to pronounce someone's name, I will ask, not just try to mumble some jumble as if thats going to fool anyone. :rolli:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vasilisa View Post
    My name has definitely affected my life, and likely my personality as a result. It's not trendy or in the "poorly-educated parent" subtype either. Its just very contradictorily foreign, it takes a special kind of polyglot to get my name right on the first try, moreso in the US. And that does something to a person, to have everyone mispronounce your name at first. I used to tense up before any kind of roll call. And in my youth because I moved to new locations so frequently, there was always another audience of new people waiting to stumble over my name. Just another attribute to help me stand out, as if being shy and tall and the perennial new girl weren't enough. But it is unique and I think that has helped me find myself that way. I've made some peace with my name. It still annoys me if strangers just butcher it without a thought. I'm sensitive to that. If I don't know how to pronounce someone's name, I will ask, not just try to mumble some jumble as if thats going to fool anyone. :rolli:
    My name is not a particularly common one even in it's country of origin and combined with my surname, which is also foreign to Australia it creates this double hit of just WAITING for it to be mispronounced.

    Most of the time in roll call or if i'm at the doctors they won't even bother trying with my first name, but it was funny when i went back to uni in the first tutorial group of any new class and the tutor does a roll call the same familiar thing happens and they stop just as they get to my name, and i KNOW they're stuck on my name, i tend to give them the abbreviated version of it, just to move things along faster.

    My name has without a doubt shaped who i am, i cannot remember a day where i haven't had to explain it to someone, or repeat it, or pronounce it phonetically for people and still have them butcher it. Life would have been vastly different if i had've been Kate as my parents were originally going to go with.

    But i am actually pretty close to being at peace with my name now, i love the poem it comes from and the meaning behind it. I like that it is different and i don't mind going through how to pronounce it if someone is willing to try.

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    My name is rather old fashioned - so in that sense I could see how it effected my personality.

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    ^ Mines super old sounding and I'm the third.

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    Still, it would be nice even if I had an old-fashioned name that people could pronounce it.

    But I've also only ever had the experience of meeting two other people with my name, so it would be odd to hear someone use it and NOT be talking about me. I'd kind of like that experience actually.

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    Mine's not super common, but not strange, either. It is, however, spelled the most complicated way you can spell it without going into "kre8tif" territory. So almost no one spells it right on the first try. I like my name, but resented the fact that I could never find it on stickers when I was a kid. I think it made me very aware of how others spell their names, so once I notice your spelling, I'll alway spell it right. It bugs me when people see your name in writing, then still misspell it. I kind of expect people to misspell it on the first try.

    I think my name fits me. I'm glad I didn't have a super common name, and I'm really glad I didn't get a name like Britnee or something. That wouldn't fit my personality at all, and I'd probably have changed it or gone by a middle name.

    Sometimes I wish my name was something like Tallulah in real life. I like names that are kind of grand and stand out without being stupid or trying too hard. I'd love for my name to be Octavia or some such.
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    Yes, my name did affect me - both the one I was called for the first fifteen years of my life and my real name. The first one was fitting in certain ways, and the second has meaning and fully describes me - even though I also have to tell others how to spell it every single time.

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