It's day two of results from Friday's name game. Here is the second batch of names I looked up for you in one of the books in my name library, 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.
Here's what the survey said about your requested names:
Eleanor a form of Helen ["light"]
Eleanor is pictured as a pretty, statuesque woman who is ambitious, hardworking, serious and smart.
Mason (Old French) "stoneworker"
Mason is viewed as a hard-boiled, tight-lipped businessman or professional.
For Piedmont Writer:
Anne "graceful" English form of Hannah
The name Anne brings to mind a plain, middle-class woman who is kind, practical and industrious.
Libby a short form of Elizabeth ["consecrated"]
People picture Libby as a cute and chubby woman who is warm, friendly, homespun and talkative.
Sorry, Laurel isn't in the book. I've known only three other Laurels in real life: two were college classmates, one was a kid in the church nursery, born in 2006.
David (Hebrew) "beloved"
David is described as a strong, handsome, intelligent man who is friendly, good humored and dependable.
Owen (Welsh) form of John ["God is gracious"]
Owen is pictured as a tall, gray-haired, attractive sophisticate who is either friendly and dependable or phony and snobbish.
Adam (Hebrew) "man of the red earth"
Adam is described as a tall, dark and handsome man who is quiet and smart.
Carol (Latin) "strong, womanly" a form of Charles
Carol is imagined as a friendly, family-oriented extrovert who is lots of fun.
Laine/Lane (Middle English) "from the narrow road"
People have two images of Lane: a large, tall woman who is funny and easygoing or a trendy social climber who is posh and sophisticated.
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!