Name Stereotyping: Are you guilty?
That question summoned up an issue that simmers beneath many discussions on names: What’s the image that name conveys, and do we want to take that on for our child?
To put it more plainly, do some names carry stereotypes, positive or negative, that go beyond our individual expectations and experiences? Are you guilty of stereotyping people based on their names, and what names carry the strongest stereotypes for you?
Are name stereotypes ever fair? And when you meet a Brock who’s more into physics than football, does the old stereotype fade away?