Skip to comments.Baby names reveal parents' political ideology
Posted on 06/07/2013 4:13:47 PM PDT by workerbee
* * * *
The sounds of liberal and conservative names varied, too. For both boys and girls, liberals tended to pick more feminine-sounding choices, such as Liam, Ely and Leila names that include lots of L sounds and soft-A endings, including popular choices Ella and Sophia.
Conservatives, on the other hand, tend to pick names with more masculine-sounding Ks, Bs, Ds and Ts, such as Kurt. A couple of famous national political families demonstrate that pattern, Oliver said: The liberal Obamas named their daughters Sasha and Malia, both names heavy on As and Ls, whereas the conservative Palin family picked more masculine-sounding names for both their boys and girls, particularly Track, Trig, Bristol and Piper (although third daughter Willow got a softer-sounding moniker).
The findings of an ideological split mostly among the well-educated are no surprise, Oliver said, as only about 20 percent of the American public holds strong political principles, and those people tend to be college educated. In that group, he said, the data suggest that liberals are looking to distinguish themselves for their culture and education by choosing esoteric names. Conservatives, on the other hand, seem to pick traditional names that will distinguish their kids as economically successful.
* * * *
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
Hmmm. I have a Roman and an Evelyn, and we’re searching for a name for baby girl #2. I’m leaning toward Cecelia or Sylvia, but my husband likes neither. Apparently my first two have conservatives names but the names I like for my unborn are liberal!
I don't like the name "Sasha" for a girl--in Russia, it's a boys name, the counterpart of "Alex" in English. However, I do like the name Malia.
>>Apparently my first two have conservatives names but the names I like for my unborn are liberal!<<
“Sarah” is good. I have always liked “Tory.” Maybe “FMCDH” (FemCadish)?
Cecelia is lovely.
Frank Zappa, who considers himself a conservative, named his kids Dweezil and Moon Unit. Discuss.
I also like old-fashioned Southern names, like Bess and, yes Rhett.
I also like Alice and Max. And Christie.
Well, he did stick to the hard consonants.
I assume Roman is a boy and Evelyn is a girl, although in England, Evelyn is a boy's name.
The main difference seems to be in the vocal stops vs. aspirants and other “soft” consonants. Stops include the sounds P, B, T, D, CH, J, and K (or C depending on how it’s pronounced). Aspirants are F, V, S, Z, Th, and Sh, and the soft consonants L, R, W, and Y. Vowels shouldn’t matter since they’re required in both cases. I’m not sure where the nazals M, N, and Ng fit. It seems like that to me, anyway.
I myself was named after my father, and I know why he was named-—for a priest at my grandmothers parish.
I don’t think Evelyn has been fashionable as a male name for the past century.
Of course there will be individual cases, but as a trend, I think this article is spot on. Your name history follows a conservative pattern, but there are few parents today (of either political persuasion) who would repeat it.
On the other hand, I was a big fan of Los Angeles Rams quarterback Roman Gabriel.
I hear the odd Russian name now and again. Nikita always gets me. On the one hand, sultry assassin. On the other, grumpy Soviet premier.
A nod to Antwaan and D'Queshiaya.
I have a very common first name, and it always made me crazy that I would have 3 or 4 kids in my class with the same.
So when my son was born, I made sure to look at the top 100 names for that year, but not use any of them. And his name is distinct, masculine, and no argument on how it's pronounced.
yep, what about the unusual names used by black people nowadays?
It’s probably politically incorrect to make any observations of such names. we can talk about liberal/conservative splits on names, but never say anything about the made up names used by black parents in recent years.
Let me see if I can ruin "Leonid" for you:
Thanks for that, you just ruined my coming weekend.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.