Unusual Names and a Life of Crime - Mo's Journal
Unusual Names and a Life of Crime|
I'm sure an unusual name is more often gifted by parents that are most unusual, and both the name and the genetics encourage non-conformity (though the name probably has a lot less impact than the fact the parents are likely non-conformists as well) - aka naturally non-conformist parents raising a child with a non-conformist names child in a non-coformist household will produce non-conformist adults (*gasp* - so unexpected!). As with many sociological studies, this one seems to be very 'fluffy' as far as the actual science goes. I'd be confortable calling this one hogwash.
As for me (a lifelong non-conformist), I'd not only give my children names that are guaranted to be unique in human record, I'd give them four names. As a amateur genealogist, I'd thank myself profusely. After trying to sort out all the colonial Sarah Clarks in my family tree for a hundred hours or more (apparently at one point Sarah Clark was the most popular name in Virginia, in some counties approaching double digit percentages of women), I'd NEVER give my children a common name.