Skip to comments.Baby names reveal parents' political ideology
Posted on 06/07/2013 4:13:47 PM PDT by workerbee
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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.
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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.
how does ‘Malia’ translate into Spanish?
Reminds me of Barbra Streisand.
I was born to two very liberal parents in the sixties. They wanted to give me an obscure name so they picked Jason.
That didn’t work out as planned...
When I was in kindergarten and first grade, I remember people saying “what was that name again? Did you say Justin? Could spell it?”
By the time I was in seventh grade, I never had that problem again. I decided I liked having a common name.
I gave my son a common name that people would know and could spell. My son is not my possession. It’s not right to use him to prove that I’m arty or sophisticated or whatever.
there was also Diva Muffin
Moon apparently wasn’t scarred. She named her child Mathilda Plum Doucette. Not bizarre like her name but still a tad off the beaten path
For boys names I like Rhett and Silas.
My parents did the name thing with very common names (for me and my seven siblings). I find myself wishing I had a more uncommon name. You can only hear “Joe” so many times before it gets bland.
He considers nothing.
Good point. I hadn’t considered that perspective.
I’ve always favored names that don’t sound weird or non gender appropriate and avoided any that would lend my children to potential ridicule. I’ve never been fan of split masculine/feminine names like GeorgeAnn either.
I have a Johnathan, Ryan, Jason, Mason, Jackson and a Kathryn who is my oldest.
The middle names I was a bit more flexible with but I still wanted to make sure they flowed with and fit well with the name.
Life is challenging enough without having a weird name and I strongly believe names are a building block affecting how one sees themselves. I also avoided having a son named after me. I wanted all my kids to see themselves as unique.
The Afro-name-generator kicks out a lot of liberal names.
I have a 52 yo daughter named Kenya. How could I have known............
It says "feminine, with a hint of badass"
What a bunch of Bolshevik!
I personally really like Matilda (no h, thanks). And Miranda.
What’s really interesting is how certain “old” names make it back to popularity and others don’t. Take Emma, for instance, a name hugely popular in the late 1890s and then all but died out around WWII. About ten years ago it saw a resurgence and is now the 2nd most popular girls name. But Florence, even more widely used at the turn of the 20th century than Emma, is practically extinct with no sign of resusitation.
Oh my gosh. If I were a hooker on crack Id turn him down even for $1 million,
George Foreman had it right!
If I ever have a daughter I’d like to name herAda Josephine. A favorite aunt as well as my grandfather’s first wife who died in childbirth had that name. Roxanne is a family name, too, going back generations, but The Police might have ruined that lovely old name.
Re: Cecelia, it is a lovely name, but I can’t help but think of the Simon & Garfunkle song by that name:
Making love in the afternoon with Cecilia
Up in my bedroom (making love)
I got up to wash my face
When I come back to bed
Someone’s taken my place
Cecilia, you’re breaking my heart
You’re shaking my confidence daily
Oh, Cecilia, I’m down on my knees
I’m begging you please to come home
Come on home
Hard to pin down.
A girl's name of Hawaiian, Hebrew, Italian, Native American, Spanish and Zuni origin that has a traditionally feminine sound. Malia is at an all-time popularity peak and is currently ranked #345 among the U.S. girls' names. Meaning: bitter; sea of bitterness. A form of Mary.
Both of my daughters were born in the 1980s and I went for the Irish names. Don’t ask me why, as I have no Irish blood in me (hubby has some); just liked the names — Erin and Kerry.
My son was born in 1972. His name is Seth. It was very uncommon at the time; now I hear that name all the time.
This is a great point. I definitely think there's a line between "unique" and "what are your parents' trying to prove?"
Many names that seem trendy or "invented" to current generations are actually quite old. I wouldn't have thought Roxanne was one of them, but thanks for pointing this out. I actually have an Appolonia in my family tree (from the mid 1800's, I believe) -- but I can't see that as anything other than Prince's lady friend from the '90s movie Purple Rain!
I love Seth!
Boys names are really hard for me. I guess it’s a good thing I had 3 daughters.
My wife and I struggled over names for our baby for sometime. The only boys name we could agree on was Chase. A girls name we never agreed on. Thank goodness we had a boy !
Liberal Republicans give their boys girls names like, Lindsey and Haley.
Well, if you want to talk about ruining a name, Ms. Lewinsky sure wiped “Monica” off the map ;)
In the case of those two names, I think it’s more a Southern tradition. The South has always favored surname/family names for their male children.
OTOH, many names we consider feminine were once entirely masculine. For example: Courtney, Evelyn, Darcy, Dana, and Vivien were all once exclusively male.
I have a great niece named Cecilia and her little sister is named Vivian (thats one you dont hear much now days).
I also have great nieces named Madelyn, Lillian and Helen; Helen was my mothers name and there was a Madelyn and Lillian on my nieces husbands side of the family.