Years ago, I came up with a list of one-handed baby names — that is, names that are typed with either the left hand or the right hand on a QWERTY keyboard.
Turns out there may be a slight advantage to right-hand names.
According to a study published recently in Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, “the QWERTY keyboard may gradually attach more positive meanings to words with more letters located on the right side of the layout (everything to the right of T, G and B).”
We tend to like simplicity over complexity, and the harder-to-type letter pairs are on a QWERTY keyboard’s left side — these two facts together may lead people to prefer words (and names) that are typed on the right.
Which names are typed by the right hand only? My original list:
A reader named Anna would like a few baby name suggestions:
I’m expecting my second child, a girl, in April, and she’ll be half-English and half-Japanese. We already have a son named Kai, and we are trying to find a name that, like Kai’s, sounds good in both languages.
So far, they’ve come up with Sara, Ema, Naomi and Maya.
My first thought was to look for Japanese names that resemble familiar English names. Here’s what I found:
Ami, which looks like a variant of Amy.
Emi, which looks like a nickname for Emily or Emma.
Erika, which happens to match Erika.
Hana, which looks like a streamlined version of Hannah.
Kimi, which looks like it’s based on Kim.
Mari, Mariko, Marika and similar names containing Mari-, which is close to Mary.
Marina, which starts with Mari- and also happens to match Marina.
Megumi, which could be shortened to Meg.
Miki, which looks like a feminized version of Mickey.
Noa, which looks like the male name Noah…though there is a female in the Bible with the H-less version.
Suzu, Suzume, Suzuna, and other Su- names that could be shortened to Sue or Susie.
English names that are stylistically similar to Japanese names might also work well. Names like Mara, Nora, Dara, Dora, Tara, Tori and Una fit the pattern, for instance.
I realize that QWERTY “handedness” is not a major baby-naming factor for most people, but I do think it would be cute to pair a one-handed name with another one-handed name — maybe a surname (Teresa Garza, Phillip Hill) or a twin name (Edward & John, Grace & Lily, Zara & Milo). What do you think?