Choosing a baby name proves to be a challenging task for many parents. And they're wise to work hard at it. A name can have a profound impact on a child that reverberates well into adulthood, a growing body of research suggests....

Baby names have long-lasting effects, for better or worse

Does a baby's name affect its chances in life?

When parents spend hours poring over baby name books they may imagine that their choice will have a major impact on their child's life. But do names make a difference? Two recent books put this idea under the microscope...

Pygmalion effect

The Pygmalion effect, orRosenthal effect, is the phenomenon

whereby others' expectations of a target person affect the target person's performance...

Nominative determinism

Nominative determinism is the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards areas of work that fit their names. The term was first used in the magazine New Scientist in 1994...

Good or Bad, Baby Names Have Long-lasting Effects

Choosing a baby name proves to be a challenging task for many parents. And they're wise to work hard at it. A name can have a profound impact on a child that reverberates well into adulthood...

Mere-exposure effect

he mere-exposure effect is a psychological phenomenon by which people tend to develop a preference for things merely because they are familiar with them. In social psychology...

Why are names so important?

People give certain names to their children for various reasons - to honor someone, like a favored relative or famous person (like your uncle Michael, or John F. Kennedy); because the name...

They’re Dropping Like Middle Initial

In 1991, I was preparing to publish my first book, about a year I spent teaching junior high school in Japan. Stephen Birmingham, the author...

Who Wins in the Name Game?

I was at a party for Bastille Day in Paris a few years back, and we were leaning over the balcony to watch the fireworks. A cute French girl sat next to me, but after ...

The Top Jobs Where Women Are  Outnumbered by Men Named John

In the corridors of American power, it can be as easy to find a man named John as it is to find a woman.
Fewer Republican senators are women than ...

The soft bigotry of having to change your name. Because somehow Tchaikovsky is easier.

Hello, my name is Gene. My parents Byung and Young gave me an American name: John Eugene. I have no given Korean name.The sound you just ...