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How do people with unusual names or surnames feel about it?

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asked Mar 17, 2016 in Miscellaneous by benbailey (5,400 points)
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This is a fascinating question.

 

Many people have surnames that are "unusual" because of their length, pronunciation, or meaning.

 

In general, the surname might bring about a few incidents of name-calling and other additional concerns, but the real problem can be psychological for the person.

 

Society internally promotes the idea of "nominative determinism" which relates to a person's last name determining what they do in their life [1]. This means certain people are supposed to be athletes, politicians, and scientists. This can impact a person that has an odd name that does not fit in with the rest of the group. 

 

There was also a study done on bad baby names and how they can impact the development of a child. The same goes for last names as they are carried with a person forever as well [2]. This can lead to issues with confidence and self-respect.

 

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1) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/8967602/A-persons-surname-can-influence-their-career-experts-claim.html

 

2) http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2012/01/new-study-bad-baby-name-choices-destroy-lives

answered Mar 25, 2016 by kingusama92 (23,380 points)
selected Mar 25, 2016 by benbailey

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