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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 03-08-2017, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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What's in a name?

Science Says We Look So Much Like Our Names, Strangers Could Guess Them

I wonder why this would be. Are there stereo type associated with a name that each person absorbs?

Just a side note. When we adopted our son, his father and I got a call one day saying that the agency had a baby boy for us to pick up. He was 10 days old and had not been named yet. So they told us to have a name ready. We had never discussed baby names.

That evening, when we did sit down to decide on our baby's name, it turned out that the two of us had picked a name... the exact same name. I've always thought that was very odd. It's like that is the name that someone else gave us for him.


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So, within one's own culture one can correctly guess the name 30% of the time. So much for strangers being able to guess your name. And, I guessed the guy's name was Ian instead of Dan. Why bother guessing when you can just ask if it matters to you? Better to ask than to guess that a guy is named Sue.
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I think it's just interesting.

The 'within your own culture' makes sense. There is no way I could go to China and guess someone's name. I don't even know what names are used in China.
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Ahh yes, but do we look like our usernames?

I'm terrible at guessing names. I'd have guessed his name was Stanley. I could then call him, "Stush".

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Chin...........that's a last name.

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I do think that there is some validity to this. When I first saw my dog, I knew immediately that his name was ButtHead. And I was right!!
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Re: What's in a name?

well then i would hate to see what he looks like....

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt ;-)
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well then i would hate to see what he looks like....

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt ;-)
He's a nice looking dog. It's the personality.. you know the guy who has to walk right behind me and trip me to make sure I know he's there. Oh, and he is a small guy (not!).. only 130lbs... so how could anyone miss that he was there?
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Interesting. People, for years and years now, have routinely assumed that my name is Amy. Apparently, I "look" like an Amy. I also apparently look like a girl that everyone went to high school with - whose name is invariably also Amy.

My ex-husband is now married to a slightly younger, slightly more red-headed, shorter, version of me. I've had more than one person confuse us for one another and/or ask if we're sisters. Honestly, it's a little ridiculous. Her name is...Amy.

And, no, my name is not Amy.

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Hmmmm .. so if people can guess this guy's name I wonder what that says lol



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I was named for my Mother's grandmother and I'm pretty sure that my parents had my name picked out before I was born.
What is interesting is that my mom says that I am almost exactly like her grandmother in personality.

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well then i would hate to see what he looks like....

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt ;-)
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Hmmmm .. so if people can guess this guy's name I wonder what that says lol

Let's just say that I've been called that quite a few times in my lifetime!

And by people other than my XW's!

Actually, my name resembles my avatar a hell of a lot more than my real photo!!

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Let's just say that I've been called that quite a few times in my lifetime!

And by people other than my XW's!

Actually, my name resembles my avatar a hell of a lot more than my real photo!!
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From now on, Rowan will be Amy in my head. I think, to get that out, I'll address all the women here as Amy.

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