Judging People by Their Kids’ Names

From an article by Sarah Maizes:

The other day I met a woman at a party.

Within minutes of chatting with this well-coiffed, blonde lady in a jaunty beret, I knew everything about her I would ever need to know. All she had to do was tell me her son’s name: “Javier Tiberius.”

It didn’t matter what her last name was. Whether it was Goldberg or Kennedy, it bowed under the baggage of the beret-wearin’ character in front of me. Further conversation only confirmed my hypothesis, revealing a woman whose only son was, in her mind, royalty.

A play date did not ensue. Which was fine. Especially since I suspected my child wouldn’t pass inspection. Or might get beheaded.

Okay, I’m judgmental. But don’t we all form opinions about people based on the names of their children?

I’ll admit it — I do.

Do you?

If so, can you give us any examples?

Source: Jayden, Jasper or Jumanji: What your child’s name says about you


6 thoughts on “Judging People by Their Kids’ Names

  1. My daughters attended summer camp with a little girl named Kaidyn (uncertain of exact spelling). Oh, the thoughts that flew through my head when I first learned that Kaidyn was a girl. She and her mom are both very nice, but they didn’t dislodge my initial reactions.

  2. I do it a bit. If I meet a son who is a junior or has a III or IV on his name, I immediately think his father is probably quite egotistical. They’re not royalty…
    I also think girls with names ending in -ley, or especially a tacky spelling like -leigh, that the parents themselves have lack of good taste in everything, from clothes to house decoration, and most of the times its true. I also thought they would consider their daughters little sparkleigh princesses who never grow up, and that their daughters turn out spoiled and act bratty. A lot of them do.
    For boys with nature soft names, I always picture the kid to be an arts and environment lover, who likes to read and play outside, who acts mature and is kind, modelling after their parents.

  3. Here’s how I picture things:

    Kids with classic names – simple people, not extravagant or loud, polite, not creative or innovative, not a risk taker, someone that doesnt like to stand out but would rather mix in the crowd, a conformist.

    Kids with unique names – someone that enjoys to stand out, someone that is a leader, a risk taker, a good talker, innovative, hard working.

    Kids with mispelled names – Normally its the daughter that suffer these kind of names, I see a Ryleigh and probably a brother with a very macho cowboy name like Hunter or Cash. Because girls are princesses and boys are soldiers. I picture a southern family, very extravagant, conservative values, loud, kids a bit spoiled, catty mother and daughter.

    I guess I judge too hah.

  4. I’d like to say I didn’t do this, as I have family members who have named their kids… questionable… names.

    But, in the interested of full disclosure and honesty:

    Any name in the top 100 (and, I might even say the top 500) screams “Boring” and/or “Trend-follower” to me.

    Anything spelled bizarrely makes me think the parents were uneducated

    Any Mc-, Mac-, or -son name on a girl makes me wonder if people even know what that means. Which also makes me think a little less of the parents.

    Most [random syllable]+ly names make me cringe and think “obsessive trend follower” If I see another Kaylee, Kayleigh, Kayli, I think I might cry.

    Ditto for the -Aden names, particularly Jadon, Jayden, Jaden

    Names like Sparkles or Armani make me think “teenage mother”

    And Naveah holds a special place in my brain where I think the parents were uneducated, teenage, trend followers.

    My opinions of the children? Dependant on the kid. They didn’t pick their name, it does not reflect who they are.

    That said, I sometimes find myself judging adults based on their names. Like, I’ve never met a nice woman who went by “Liz.” Elizabeth, yes. Liz, no. Not to say there aren’t any, but that’s the sort of thing I mean

  5. Yes, I do, but more so on a “my type of person” or “not my type of person” scale. When I find their children’s names to be horrible (to me) I become a lot less interested in getting to know them and value their opinion way less. Is this awful? YES, but is it true and did it happen naturally as my interest and awareness of names developed? Also YES.

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