The Defining Aspects of a Name

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The definition of “Freakonomics” is the study of economics based upon the principle of incentives. Occasionally suggests theories that reactionaries find offensive, such as the notion that legalized abortion reduces crime rates. The section of the video that I watched was called, “A Roshanda By Any Other Name.” It covers the idea that our names have (to some extent) control over how our later lives turn out.

In this video there is an example of a story of a girl who was given the name “Temptress” instead of “Tempest.” This young girl then ended up being involved in a spree of illegal action and ended up in a juvenile detention centre due to her actions. The judge asked if this behaviour had any relation to the fact that her name was “Temptress.” The study then conclude that her behavioural issues did not stem from her name but stemmed from her upbringing and lifestyle. Harvard economics professor Dr Roland G. Fryer promised to find the reason behind “Temptress’s” behaviour. He discovered that it turns out that “Temptress” was brought up in a very “Poor black community” and there was a lot of domestic violence present in her younger life which caused her volatile and illegal actions.

Her life was also changed by something Dr Fryer calls “Cultural Segregation” which is the inequality between different races quality of life and culture. Dr Fryer states that a name is one of the only defining features that someone can give to their child that defines them and puts them into or out of a certain culture. Dr Fryer came up with this conclusion as he studies every first name of every baby born in the states of California over the last forty years. This study showed one overwhelming correlation that African American parents were more likely over any other ethnic group to give their children unusual or unique names.

Concatenated and made-up names, according to Dr fryer they are a very new concepts and have come into place as African American parents want to make their child unique. This goes as far as naming your child unique. Dr Fryer found out that there were 228 unique ways that people spelt unique.

This above information was collated from one single source, so I have added the link to the sight of origin. You can then watch the full video in your own time if you wish. I would advise watching from minute 6 to 22.

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13 surprising ways your name affects your success

As the article title tells us, the name that your parents give to you as an infant can and does affect you path and success in later life. The article opens by stating that if you are given an easily pronounceable and common name you will, when applying for jobs be more likely to be hired than someone with a unique or uncommon name. This contradicts the idea that it is of benefit to be unique as a person and have a unique name. In connection with this ideas the article also says that people with “a white-sounding name,” you are more likely to be hired. It states that there is a 50% increase in recalls from job applications if the candidates name is not a “Black-sounding name.”

The article then goes on to quote the 2009 study by Shippensburg University that suggests from their findings that there is a strong correlation between juvenile delinquency and unique or uncommon names. Especially in connection with first names regardless of age, gender or race. These findings do not to any extent state that a persons first name cause the behaviour that ends up them committing an offence or crime however it does link the two to each other.

Further on in the article, it goes onto the subject of schools and how your name plays a role in this. The article quotes the 2005 study by the professor or economics David Figlio from the University of Florida. He studies a large Florida school district from the years 1996–2000. He found out that young boys with names that are often given to girls act badly or are more likely to disrupt their peers. He also linked more behavioural problems like disturbing peers with lower test scores. In connection with this ideas the article also says that people with last names that are closer to the start or the alphabet are more likely to go to a better school. The article quotes the study published by the Economics of Education Review. The study looked at the relationship between the positioning of the last name of 90,000 Czech students in the alphabet. The findings showed that even though students with names that could be found lower in the alphabet got higher test results overall, those who had a name closer to the beginning of the alphabet had a higher admittance rate.

The article also covers the subject of how a name can influence a female in her later life. The article quotes the study by Linkedin researchers. It states that women who are high up in a company tend to use their full names in order to project professionalism and gravitas. The report then goes onto quoting the Atlantic which has found that women who have a gender neutral name in a male-dominated field such as law tend to succeed better than other women with female names.

I have not included all thirteen ways your name affects your success as I have thought that these above ways were the only relevant ones to this topic .

This above information is a brief version, so I have added the link to the sight of origin for most of this knowledge. You can then read this article in more depth if you wish.

13 surprising ways your name affects your success

Personal opinions

I cannot say that I one hundred percent agree with all of the statements in this article as I do not think that most of the studies that these results are based on are extensive or large enough to truly be able to say that a name really does have a large part in changing one success in later life. However I do think that the studied that shows that people with “black-sounding names” are less likely to be employed compared with people with “white-sounding names.”

My Name

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So in connection with the theme of this blog I have asked my family about my name and the reasons behind their decisions for both my first middle and last name.

My first name as most readers will know is “Sasha.” I was given the name Sasha as it is short for Alexander and is more of a pet name. However it has over the years become my name that most people use to refer to me. The funny thing about the spelling is that my name is spelt the female way “Sasha” despite being male and not the male way “Sacha.” This occurred due to the fact that my parents chose the name as they have a love of Russian literature and they did not know the correct spelling!

My middle name is “Orlando.” This was chosen primarily by my mother as she has a fascination for the works of Shakespeare. The name come from a leading character in the comedy, “As You Like It”, who is obviously called Orlando. As well as this Orlando is supposedly a very Italian name and my whole family love the country and culture of Italy. Just to clarify this name was not given to me due to the actor Orlando bloom despite this being a common misconception.

My surname is “Adam-Grylls.” It is becoming increasingly common to have a double barrelled last name. The “Adam” is from my mother’s side and is her family name. The “Grylls” is from my father’s side and is his family name.

That’s if for Day 5, as usual I hope have really enjoyed reading todays blog. I personally find the concept of your name defining your feature extremely interesting and possibly concerning. I also hope you are interested in understanding the reasoning and origins behind your name. Day 6 is going to be about what actually happens behind the doors of The Bank of England. Day 6 will be called, “The Old Lady of Threadneedl Street.”



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