Is Your Name Important? - page 5

by TheCommuter 15,080 Views | 84 Comments Senior Moderator

For starters, I will reveal that I am an African-American female with a very common anglicized first and last name. I am also friendly with a small handful of nurse managers, staff development personnel, and others who have at... Read More


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    I have a brilliant unique name. I was the only one in my school however its now become really common. My full name however is completely unique and my patients always comment on it.
    I do think though some names have negative connotations and alot of people when picking up a application may have pre existing thoughts about a person before meeting them.
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    This is an interesting article, my first name is exotic (to quote the males) depending on their age you get a different reaction. However, as I think about, my Dad worked in a latin country when he was a young man and I have always wondered who "she was". Now as I am looking for a job, you have me thinking do the DON's think I am latino? My last name is very english who knows.
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    I haven't read all of the posts, sorry.
    As a hiring manager the name itself on the resume has had zero influence in my decision making. I don't expect that it will in the future.
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    I have a very ethnic first name (Shaquitta). I started going by my middle name, Nicole, after I graduated college just because of possible discrimination. I never had a complex about it until college because it's actually a common name back home. I can recall one day during the first week of my biochemistry class my professor asking me my name. I told her and she followed up by asking me my middle name. Then, she responded, "Oh, you need to go by S. Nicole" in front of the entire class.

    It's kind of disturbing that I've conducted research at GA Tech and Emory and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, but still may be overlooked just because my name is too hard to pronounce or the "ghetto" stigma attached to it.
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    As someone who has reviewed many resumes in the past, I can't honestly say how much names influenced my decisions on which calls to make. I can say, definitely, that spelling and the ability to express oneself in writing was the biggest factor.

    I was in a unique position, for awhile (non-healthcare setting) to have a period of such critical staffing needs that I was able to use an excellent head-hunter for temps - several of which I was able to hire after they worked with me for several weeks. As a result, I ended up with a small team of very diverse and really incredible people. It was a great lesson that a difficult to pronounce name, or an accent, is nothing to be afraid of. I still miss that team.

    There was a case, where a very unique and foreign name led to an immediate job offer. My boss forwarded an emailed she received from a woman that was responding to a job posting. I immediately recognized the name (a couple years later) as someone that had temped for me in the past and told her to extend an offer - I didn't need to interview her.
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    My first name is traditional I was the only one in my class through school with it. Now my last name is a totally different story... maiden name was common and easy to pronounce (a brand of pickles) my married name is of Aztec origin and Ive become accustomed to going my my.last initial as people wont attempt to pronounce it
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    I don't believe in naming bias. Sure the first time I hear or read the name Tequila, or Qal'Liquia, or Enid, my first impression, my honest first reaction. would be, gosh what an odd, or unusual, or old fashioned name. That person must be _________ (fill in the blank).

    I am sure if I was given some psycho/social study I would show a bias. If I was asked.....what is your impression of someone named so and so.

    However within a few minutes of talking to or reading about said person my impression would fade away. "Enid is a young vibrant 21 year old.......Tequila got her MSN from UCLA....."etc.

    Everyone has a first impression, initial bias, over anything and everything that is new to them. I think it is part of situational awareness and a survival instinct.
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    My friend wanted to name her baby cinnamin, and call her cin for short. Her husband did not go for it.
    Trilldayz,RN BSN and Tina, RN like this.
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    Aside from hiring those with unique names, it is important to make sure that they spell a name correctly. I have a common name that has a unique spelling, and when someone has seen it 20 times, and still spells it incorrectly, that drives me crazy. It's rude, disrespectful, and shows how little they pay attention.
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    Quote from elprup
    My friend wanted to name her baby cinnamin, and call her cin for short. Her husband did not go for it.
    There are a couple of nurses who work in our ER named Cinnamon. I almost laughed when they told me their name.

    Then there was Twinkles from the Detroit News who tried to sell me a subscription.


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