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Impressions of Names
Consciously or unconsciously, we all have private pictures associated with certain names. Jackie could be sophisticated and beautiful, like Jackie Kennedy, or Fat and funny, like Jackie Gleason. These pictures come from personal experience as well as From images we absorb from the mass media, and thus they may conflict in interesting ways. The name Charlton strikes many people as a sissified, passive, whiny brat - until they think of Charlton Heston. Marilyn may personify voluptuous femininity -until you think of Marilyn, your neighbor with the ratty bathrobe, curlers, and a cigarette dangling out of her mouth.

Over the years, researchers have been fascinated by this question of the "real" meanings of names and their effects. When asked to stereotype names by age, trustworthiness, attractiveness, sociability, kindness, aggressiveness, popularity, masculinity/femininity, degree of activity or passivity, etc., people actually do tend to agree on each name's characteristics.

So if people think of Mallory as cute and likeable, does that influence a girl named Mallory to become cute and likeable? Experts agree that names don't guarantee instant success or condemn people to certain failure, but they do affect self-images, influence relationships with others, and help (or hinder) success in work and school.

The following are lists of boys' and girls' names that were found to have particular image associations.
Athletic
Boy NamesGirl Names
AlexBobbie
BrianChris
ChuckDena
DanielGabriella
EmmittJackie
HoustonJody
JakeKatie
KareemLindsay
LynnMartina
RileyNatalia
Beautiful/Handsome
Boy NamesGirl Names
AdamAriel
AustinBella
BlakeCarmen
BryantCassandra
ChristopherEbony
DouglasJasmine
DenzelKendra
JoeMarisa
MitchellScarlett
TevinWhitney
Blonde
Boy NamesGirl Names
BjornBambie
BrettBianca
ChanceCandy
ColinDaisy
DennisHeidi
EricJillian
KerryKrystal
LarsOlivia
LouisShannon
MartinTracy
Cute
Boy NamesGirl Names
AndrewAnnie
BarryBobbie
ChickCheryl
DannyDeanna
FrankyEmily
MatthewJennifer
MikeLacie
NicholasMandy
RobbieRandi
StevieShirley
Friendly
Boy NamesGirl Names
AllenCarol
BarrettGwen
CasperKathy
ColeKim
DennyMarcie
FredNancy
JeffPatricia
JimSandy
RobVivian
TonyWendy
Funny
Boy NamesGirl Names
AllenEllen
BennieFanny
CarsonJenny
DiegoLucy
EddieMelinda
FletcherMickey
GradyPatty
JeromeRoxanne
SidSunny
TimSydney
Intelligent
Boy NamesGirl Names
AlexanderAbigail
ColinAlexis
DonovanBarbara
EdwardDiana
JeffersonEleanor
JeromeGrace
KennethHelen
NelsonJillian
SamuelLaura
TimVanessa
Old-Fashioned
Boy NamesGirl Names
AmosAdelaide
ArthurBea
BertrandCharlotte
GroverEdith
HerbertEugenia
JeromeHattie
LloydMartha
SpencerMeryl
StanleyNellie
WilfredRosalie
Quiet
Boy NamesGirl Names
AaronBeth
BryceChloe
BenedictDonna
GeraldFaith
JeremiahGrace
RileyLisa
RobertNatalia
RobinSheryl
SamsonTheresa
TommyUrsula
Rich/Wealthy
Boy NamesGirl Names
BradleyAmanda
BryceChanel
CameronChelsea
CarlosChristina
ClintonClara
DaneDarlene
DillonJewel
GeoffreyRachel
HamiltonTiffany
SterlingTrisha
Sexy
Boy NamesGirl Names
AlexAngie
AntonioCarmen
BradDonna
BrunoKitty
ChrisLeah
ElvisLola
JustinMarilyn
MarioRaquel
MattSabrina
StefanSandra
Southern
Boy NamesGirl Names
BobbyBelle
ClintCharlotte
JacksonDolly
JesseEllie
JohnyGeorgia
LeeMirabel
LukePolly
LutherRosalind
RobertScarlet
WadeTara
Trendy
Boy NamesGirl Names
AdrianAlexia
AngeloBritney
ConnorDelia
DominicHannah
HarleyIsabella
LeviKeely
NeilMadison
OrlandoNadia
ParkerOlivia
SimonParis
Weird
Boy NamesGirl Names
BartonAida
BorisBelicia
CosmoCalla
EdwardDevonna
JulesElvira
NolanGiselle
RodHappy
TristanKyrene
VernonRani
VictorVelvet
Sweet
Boy NamesGirl Names
BrandonAlyssa
ColeAngela
DennyBetsy
GaryCindy
JonnyEllie
JerryHeidi
RobKristi
SandyLaura
TonyLinda
VinnyMelissa
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