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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Boys

Boys with unpopular, girlish or uncommon names often are ridiculed by peers, come from families of low socioeconomic status and face discrimination in the workforce based on a preconceived bias about their names, according to the study, which analysed more than 15,000 names.

Top 10 bad-boy names

Alec, Ernest, Garland, Ivan, Kareem, Luke, Malcolm, Preston, Tyrell, Walter.


My father was named Alec! My nephew’s called Luke, too. Obviously we’re a family of low socioeconomic status.

Actually, half those names are bog standard respectable. Scots, even. And I simply refuse to believe that there are that many Garlands out there. This whole things sounds suss.

2 comments:

John said...

Maybe someone could suggest an appropriate clause in the projected Charter of Rights. How would the Victorian Charter deal with discrimination based on a silly name?

But I agree on the assessment of suss. I think this falls under that Sturgeon's Law thing you like (or the peer-reviewed journal equivalent).

John said...

Maybe someone could suggest an appropriate clause in the projected Charter of Rights. How would the Victorian Charter deal with discrimination based on a silly name?

But I agree on the assessment of suss. I think this falls under that Sturgeon's Law thing you like (or the peer-reviewed journal equivalent).

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