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    So my friend gave me the book Freakonomics and in it, they compare the names parents give their children based upon education, race, and income. I thought they were interesting. (These are their titles, not mine ).

    Most Common Middle-Income White Girl Names


    1. Sarah
    2. Emily
    3. Jessica
    4. Lauren
    5. Ashley
    6. Amanda
    7. Megan
    8. Samantha
    9. Hannah
    10. Rachel
    11. Nicole
    12. Taylor
    13. Elizabeth
    14. Katherine
    15. Madison
    16. Jennifer
    17. Alexandra
    18. Brittany
    19. Danielle
    20. Rebecca
    Most Common Low-Income White Girl Names

    1. Ashley
    2. Jessica
    3. Amanda
    4. Samantha
    5. Brittany
    6. Sarah
    7. Kayla
    8. Amber
    9. Megan
    10. Taylor
    11. Emily
    12. Nicole
    13. Elizabeth
    14. Heather
    15. Alyssa
    16. Stephanie
    17. Jennifer
    18. Hannah
    19. Courtney
    20. Rebecca

    Most Common High-End White Girl Names

    1. Alexandra
    2. Lauren
    3. Katherine
    4. Madison
    5. Rachel

    Most Common Low-End White Girl Names

    1. Amber
    2. Heather
    3. Kayla
    4. Stephanie
    5. Alyssa


    Most Common High-End White Boy Names


    1. Benjamin

    2. Samuel

    3. Jonathan

    4. Alexander

    5. Andrew


    Most Common Low-End White Boy Names


    1. Cody

    2. Brandon

    3. Anthony

    4. Justin

    5. Robert
    Most Common White Girl Names Among High-Education Parents



    1. Katherine

    2. Emma

    3. Alexandra

    4. Julia

    5. Rachel


    Most Common White Girl Names Among Low-Education Parents



    1. Kayla

    2. Amber

    3. Heather

    4. Brittany

    5. Brianna


    Most Common White Boy Names Among High-Education Parents



    1. Benjamin

    2. Samuel

    3. Alexander

    4. John

    5. William


    Most Common White Boy Names Among Low-Education Parents



    1. Cody

    2. Travis

    3. Brandon

    4. Justin

    5. Tyler

    The Twenty White Boy Names That Best Signify Low-Education Parents
    (Years of motherís education in parentheses)



    1. Ricky (11.55)

    2. Joey (11.65)

    3. Jessie (11.66)

    4. Jimmy (11.66)

    5. Billy (11.69)

    6. Bobby (11.74)

    7. Johnny (11.75)

    8. Larry (11.80)

    9. Edgar (11.81)

    10. Steve (11.84)

    11. Tommy (11.89)

    12. Tony (11.96)

    13. Micheal (11.98)

    14. Ronnie (12.03)

    15. Randy (12.07)

    16. Jerry (12.08)

    17. Tylor (12.14)

    18. Terry (12.15)

    19. Danny (12.17)

    20. Harley (12.22)

    The Twenty White Girl Names That Best Signify High-Education Parents
    (Years of motherís education in parentheses)


    1. Lucienne (16.60)

    2. Marie-Claire (16.50)

    3. Glynnis (16.40)

    4. Adair (16.36)

    5. Meira (16.27)

    6. Beatrix (16.26)

    7. Clementine (16.23)

    8. Philippa (16.21)

    9. Aviva (16.18)

    10. Flannery (16.10)

    11. Rotem (16.08)

    12. Oona (16.00)

    13. Atara (16.00)

    14. Linden (15.94)

    15. Waverly (15.93)

    16. Zofia (15.88)

    17. Pascale (15.82)

    18. Eleanora (15.80)

    19. Elika (15.80)

    20. Neeka (15.77)

    The Twenty White Boy Names That Best Signify High-Education Parents
    (Years of motherís education in parentheses)

    1. Dov (16.50)
    2. Akiva (16.42)
    3. Sander (16.29)
    4. Yannick (16.20)
    5. Sacha (16.18)
    6. Guillaume (16.17)
    7. Elon (16.16)
    8. Ansel (16.14)
    9. Yonah (16.14)
    10. Tor (16.13)
    11. Finnegan (16.13)
    12. MacGregor (16.10)
    13. Florian (15.94)
    14. Zev (15.92)
    15. Beckett (15.91)
    16. Kia (15.90)
    17. Ashkon (15.84)
    18. Harper (15.83)
    19. Sumner (15.77)
    20. Calder (15.75)

    There are more lists, but I'm having trouble with formatting (obviously) and you get the idea.
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    Default Re: Names, income, and education.

    Interesting. It seems the more educated the parents, the worse names they choose.
    None of my names is on any of the lists so I don't know where I stand(sit).

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    Default Re: Names, income, and education.

    I can see where blondes come from


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    Default Re: Names, income, and education.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sword View Post
    I can see where blondes come from
    Hmmm, was that aimed at me?

    Elucidate.

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    The Twenty White Boy Names That Best Signify Low-Education Parents
    (Years of mother’s education in parentheses)
    1. Ricky (11.55)

    Wow, I can tell you for a fact my parents are not "Low-Education" .


    Most Common Low-End White Boy Names


    1. Cody

    Cody is on the list too!
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    Default Re: Names, income, and education.

    I would think "low educated" parents would tend to name their kids after pop-celebs- TV stars and such. My grandmother told me she never heard the name "Kevin" until Kevin Tighe starred in a popular TV show in the early 70s. She liked the name so she named my dad "Kevin". When he got in school- the school was full of "Kevins".

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    Default Re: Names, income, and education.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn View Post
    Interesting. It seems the more educated the parents, the worse names they choose.
    None of my names is on any of the lists so I don't know where I stand(sit).
    I actually like the name Dov, not so keen on many of the other ones. A lot of the high income/high education names are Hebrew. Go figure. /stereotyping.

    It has an entire chapter of how high-end names work their way down the social ladder so people have to keep picking more unusual names.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky View Post
    The Twenty White Boy Names That Best Signify Low-Education Parents
    (Years of mother’s education in parentheses)
    1. Ricky (11.55)

    Wow, I can tell you for a fact my parents are not "Low-Education" .
    It was trying to say there was a trend of using a nickname as a proper name amongst those who aren't as educated (although I don't know if that applies to your name ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koukla View Post
    I actually like the name Dov, not so keen on many of the other ones. A lot of the high income/high education names are Hebrew. Go figure. /stereotyping.

    It has an entire chapter of how high-end names work their way down the social ladder so people have to keep picking more unusual names.



    It was trying to say there was a trend of using a nickname as a proper name amongst those who aren't as educated (although I don't know if that applies to your name ).
    Ahhh ok, Ricky is my nickname, Richard is my proper name! Yay I'm safe! Now we just need to worry about Cody!
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    Default Re: Names, income, and education.

    Quote Originally Posted by Koukla View Post
    I actually like the name Dov, not so keen on many of the other ones. A lot of the high income/high education names are Hebrew. Go figure. /stereotyping.
    It was trying to say there was a trend of using a nickname as a proper name amongst those who aren't as educated (although I don't know if that applies to your name ).
    Actually Dawn is my given name. "Zena" is a derivative of my middle name Xenia which was from a relative on my mom's side. I use it through childhood and until I started college when I decided to switch to Dawn as explained here- http://www.forums.govteen.com/countd...ml#post5878447

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    Where's Billy-Bob on the low education parents list?
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