Results time, friends! Thanks to everyone who posted their name requests on Friday.
Below are descriptions from The Baby Name Personality Survey by Bruce Lansky and Barry Sinrod (New York: Meadowbrook Press, 1990). The authors surveyed 150,000 people from across the nation and asked their impressions and expectations of image, personality and appearance for 1,400 names.
These are heavily influenced by popular culture, so keep in mind the book is 20 years old.
Julie (Latin) "youthful"; a form of Julius
The name Julie calls to mind a tall, quiet woman who is pleasant and average.
For Miss V:
Faith (Middle English) "fidelity"
People picture Faith as a petite, blonde, highly religious woman who is trustworthy, gentle, shy and quiet.
Bob a short from of Robert [(Old English) "Bright fame"]
Most people consider Bob an All-American good guy -- tall, easygoing, friendly, confident and successful. To some, Bob is studious, quiet and boring. Others describe him as lazy, selfish and whiny.
Marvin (Old English) "Lover of the sea"
Most people picture Marvin as a pleasant, middle-aged, skinny, bespectacled musician.
Moira (Irish Gaelic) "great"
The name Moira evokes an image of a plain woman with thick glasses who is religious, quiet and reserved.
Lola a from of Dolores [(Spanish) "sorrows"]
Lola is described as a sexy Latin woman who is pleasant but loose.
(they used a meaner word :-( Sorry!!!)
Matilda (Old German) "powerful in battle"
Matilda is thought to be a big, heavy, old spinster who is bossy. Some also think it would be a great name for a witch.
Rosalyn (Spanish) "beautiful rose"
There are two images for this name: happy, energetic and classy like Rosalind Russell or quiet, Southern, businesslike and strong-willed like Rosalynn Carter.
Brooke (Old English) "from the brook"
Brooke is described as a rich, sexy sophisticate who is superficial and stuck up.
On Monday, I'll post the next batch of results. Stay tuned!
Do you agree or disagree with any of these popular conceptions of name images? Do you think in the 20 years since the book was published any of the images have changed significantly? How so? Discuss!