“Studies showed that children with odd names got worse grades and were less popular than other classmates in elementary school. In college they were more likely to flunk out or become "psychoneurotic." Prospective bosses spurned their résumés. They were overrepresented among emotionally disturbed children and psychiatric patients.”
“The authors also interviewed adults today who had survived names like Candy Stohr, Cash Guy, Mary Christmas, River Jordan and Rasp Berry. All of them, even Happy Day, seemed untraumatized.
"They were very proud of their names, almost overly proud," Sherrod said. "We asked if that was a reaction to getting pummeled when they were little, but they said they didn't get that much ribbing. They did get a little tired of hearing the same jokes, but they liked having an unusual name because it made them stand out." ”
“But even if a bad name doesn't doom a child, why would any parent christen an infant Ogre? Sherrod found several of them, along with children named Ghoul, Gorgon, Medusa, Hades, Lucifer and every deadly sin except Gluttony (his favorite was Wrath Gordon).”
Of course, a child with an seriously demeaning and ridiculous name can always be advised to solve the problem by refusing to respond to any name but Janet (or whatever name the person should prefer).
A boy named Sue
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