I've pity-dated; that's sort of "weird". I'm not dating my boyfriend for this reason, but one thing that initially made him appeal to me was that he is multi-lingual (in addition to English, he's fluent in French & Spanish & speaks some Italian).
"Charlotte sometimes dreams a wall around herself. But it's always with love - So much love it looks like everything else. Charlotte Sometimes - So far away, glass sealed and pretty." - The Cure
The most ridiculous reason I have had for dating someone was that I was convinced I should give them a shot.
I've done that too. So ridiculous, felt ridiculous at the time too. Still mad at myself for it.
I get the thing about a guy's first name though. There are a few that are just so damn manly, that they are a pleasure to utter. Conversely, I've been weirdly turned off by first names too. (Not enough to not date the person, just to have a bummer moment. But when I've broken up with the guy, I've had a weird flash of remembering what I initially thought of that name and cursed myself for not paying more attention to silly little 'stop' signs like that.)
And, I think I get some attention due to my Australian accent, I suspect that that is a funny little reason men might have been interested in me.
Oh, I love names like Jordan and Sterling, but I don't think that's the only reason why I would date a person, because he had a name like that.
I've also had crushes on men with horrible names, like Oleg.
I don't put a lot of stock into names, I don't take them as signs, but I fucking hate the name Bob.
You will never see me dating Bob.
Jordan has a D in it so it isn't as bad as other names.
I actually read either a study or something that said we do pick partners based on a certain level of familiarity. Some of which could be names. There are certain emotions associated with certain letters or names, and people tend to have similar experiences based off those reactive cause and effect responses.
Actually I think that was half what I read and half my own theory.