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  1. #26
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    [QUOTE=ceryle;4217257]This is what I came on here to add—in my neck of the woods, even "newer money" families seem to use unisex or surname names for girls. Stafford is one I knew in grade school. On the trendier side, things like Hayden, Peyton, Kendall...

    Same for boys—I associate unusual surnames with money, and occasionally you'll see a Lesley or a Shannon.[/ You QUOTE]

    I could see Flannery, Stafford, Clancy, etc. unisex names being quite popular among the upper class. I have known 2 very rich girls with surnamey unisex first names. But I'd separate that from trendy unisex names like Everly, Hayden, Kayden, Jayden, Mackenzie, Madison, etc. I've known many girls with such trendy unisex names. I'd guess that 80% of them would be lower middle to lower class.

    I should add, I wish it didn't matter... but I think we've not quite developed to the point where such things don't matter.

    Can I ask you guys specifically (and I will not be at all offended), if you met an Emiliana or a Caspian, what social class would you think they belong to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfzolghadr View Post
    Can I ask you guys specifically (and I will not be at all offended), if you met an Emiliana or a Caspian, what social class would you think they belong to?
    I generally agree with the above posts, so I'll just answer this question. I would definitely think Emiliana came from an upper class home, or at least from parents who were bold and sophisticated. Caspian, because of the Narnia books, has gotten more popular but if I met one I would probably assume he was from at least a middle class if not upper middle class background. Looking at them together I would guess the family was upper middle class. Emiliana feels like a South American or European name to me, and I would imagine her to have long dark hair, dark eyes, and light brown skin. I have no real mental image of what a Caspian would look like though. (Love both names by the way!)
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