Is Your Name Important? - page 6
by TheCommuter 15,205 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
- 0Oct 29, '12 by JustBeachyNurseQuote from Good Morning, GilAgain it depends on the name...using Bob, Bobby, Tommy, Mikey, Jenny, Jen, etc. very different than Meg, John, Nick, Maggie, Kate/Katie etc. that are now commonly used as formal first names.Looks like I got mixed reviews on the issue. Without giving away the name, it is a more formal sounding, classic nick name if that makes any sense. I'll have to re-visit the issue when it's actually applicable, I guess lol. Thanks, though!
It's all relative. Name bias is not uncommon, but for example if one lives in a community with a lot of Slavic and Latino immigrants it would generally be a non issue to hire someone named Katarzyna or Mania or Julio or Rodrigo. People look for the familiar which definitely varies by community.
- 0Oct 29, '12 by Born_2BRNGreat article! It's very informative! I never thought of it that way but I do look at it the same way. You can tell lots about a person by their name. For instance, if their last name is foreign and first American meaning they were born in the states. Either that this person married to someone who is foreigner. My name altogether is unique and difficult to pronoun. I would not doubt it if a minute they see they toss it away in a not hiring pile.
- 1Oct 29, '12 by monkeybugOne of the Freakonomics books did a chapter on names. They really can affect you in later life. Names that scream "ghetto" or are too cutesy really can hurt your chances in later life. All my years in L&D, I don't think I ever tried to dissuade someone from a name, I would just cringe inwardly. But I think parents really should give it some thought. Yes, MaK'enZ'eeee, Corvoisier, L-A (ladasha) are all great and uneek and all, but when their resumes are laying in a pile with Elizabeth's and Katherine's resumes, who is more likely to get the interview? According to research, Elizabeth and Katherine are more likely to get the call. Freakanomics and More Freakanomics are fascinating reads, and did influence my child's name. I was never one that approved of trendy or unique names, or names that seemed to originate from someone flinging scrabble tiles against the wall and choosing the first 8 that landed face up, but the research confirmed my feelings. My child was born in 2009, but just by looking at his name, you couldn't tell if it was 2009, 1909, 1809, or 1709. It's not in the top 10, but it's not all that uncommon either.
- 0Oct 29, '12 by RNperdiemI had to laugh when I read about names being generational. It is true!
Whenever I go to my husband's office party, I am introduced to a long list of one-syllable guy names from a generation slightly older than my own.
There was Don, Dan, Ed, Tom, Bill, Lou, John, Jim, Mark, Dave, Scott, Greg, and their wives all seemed to be named Pam or Sue.
The exception was the foreign born co-workers whose names were complex.
- 0Oct 29, '12 by ThePrincessBrideQuote from tanjazovkoWhoa! Your name is VERY much like mine. Creepy, lol.HI. I am from Croatia, I am Tanja and we dont have such problems... We have some another problems... Politicals, and economys.My name is from Russia, and I have never been there, but it is very big problem, our parents give us names and name dont say that we are clever or not, good or bad...
- 0Nov 8, '12 by ChicagoMayQuote from TheCommuterWell this sucks for me... I'm whiter than white (I don't tan, I burn type white) but my first name is an African-American name... Thanks mom and dad, lol.Having an idea of the candidate’s racial-ethnic background might help or hurt, depending on the circumstances. For example, résumés with white-sounding names have a 50% greater chance of receiving a callback when compared to those with African American names, according to a study performed for the National Bureau of Economic Research by the University of Chicago's Marianne Bertrand and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sendhil Mullaina (Dickler, 2009). However, the recruiter or HR director who is purposely seeking a diverse group of candidates might call the applicants with ethnic-sounding names.
- 0Nov 8, '12 by rnmama999I have a Russian first name with a German last name (my husband's) and I am Chinese/Filipina lol. I'm pretty sure I've confused people but I don't think it's had a negative impact on me. I also know who's educated and/or paid attention in history class if they are able to pronounce my first name (totally joking lol)
- 0Nov 8, '12 by ddunnrnThis is my 2nd post on this topic, because I am fascinated by it. I have always been a fan of futuristic science fiction (Yes, I'm a big Trekkie!) and sometimes when I drift off into a daydream, I imagine how people's names will change in the future, when human interbreeding will be common, and attitudes toward different cultures will be less egocentric. I imagine lots of cafe au lait people with a variety of types of hair and facial morphologies, but with interest names like Mei Li Gonzales or Vittorio Abadejo. I remember years ago I got a foretaste of this when I had a professor in grad school named José Rabinowicz, who happened to be a Mexican Jew, and an excellent human being.
- 0Nov 9, '12 by Ntheboat2My daughter has a unique first name, but not anything too far out there. Still, I gave her a very plain middle name so if she were to decide she didn't like being "unique" she could go by her middle name. I really don't see that happening though.
I make assumptions when I see the name "Blaze," which is really not fair since nobody picks their own name, but name bias is definitely out there!