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April 9th, 2015 06:41 PM #1
Two Sets of Dutch Top 20s: Naming Trends Among Lower and Higher Educated Parents
A popular Dutch TV channel conducted a research into naming trends in neighbourhoods with either high percentages of higher educated parents or lower educated parents and they compiled a Top 20 of names given in the past 6 years by parents belonging to these groups.
Top 20 - Lower Educated Parents:
Top 20 - Higher Educated Parents:
What I find interesting is that it shows that the group of higher educated people doesn't seem to be a very diverse group based on the fact that all names are kind of same-ish. If you've ever taken a good look around the average field hockey club house (THE posh sport in the Netherlands) then you will find every single one of these kids and they are all white and mostly 100% Dutch in terms of heritage. What stands out for me in the higher educated girls list is the choice for certain spellings, Feline and Amelie are more popular without the diacritics, but they all seem to insist on using that diacritic anyway. Also, I believe the Isabel spelling is more popular than Isabelle. Furthermore, James is the only English name on the boys list.
Whereas, if you examine the top choices for lower educated people you would probably think it is kind of all over the place with really really really traditional choices as well as more 'modern' (*cough* let's stick to the 90s *cough*) English inspired choices as well as names typically chosen by immigrants. I think this illustrates that lower educated people are far more diverse.
Since in the Netherlands, as especially will hold true for this new generation of parents, also children from unprivileged backgrounds will usually be able to go to university and pursue higher education, I wonder if this study suggests a kind of assimilation of tastes the moment someone starts belonging to the group of higher educated people.. a lot of mothers who belong the group of higher educated people may be called Romy or Melissa themselves.
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April 10th, 2015 10:57 PM #3
Very interesting indeed, and your closing statement, where the girls whose parents have lower levels of educated may in fact be highly educated themselves, is some serious food for thought. I'd be interested to see what they would choose for their own kids.
Thanks for sharing!Lucia
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