Take this revealing little quiz to see what you and your spouse know about names. This is a good way to determine whether your final name choice is likely to please you and your child one year from now (as well as ten years down the road) .
No one walks into the baby-naming arena free of biases. In truth, we all have names we don’t like simply because we sat by someone in school named Bathsheba and she popped her gum the whole livelong day, which made us loathe that name “just because.”
So, just for fun, see how you fare on the following quiz. This will tell you what kind of slant and awareness you bring to the baby-naming table.
Check it out. Your answers reveal the following:
1. 7 to 10: Give yourself 10 points for an elevated awareness of a name’s impor tance in forming a person.
2. Yes: Give yourself 10 points. No: give yourself 0 points.
3. 7 to 10: 0 points. 1 to 6: 10 points. (People who have always been comfortable with their names often don’t fully understand how an odd, hard-to-pronounce name can affect someone.)
4. If you answered “bizarre” or “exciting,” give yourself 0 points. If you answered “safe,” “fun,” or “respectable,” you get 10 points.
5. If you have an answer for this question, you get 10 points for elevated aware ness of the importance of a name. Otherwise, you get 0.
6. If you have always kept your feelings secret about your name, you may have “issues” when it comes to baby naming, so you get 0 points. If you answered that you have no secrets about your name, you get 10 points.
7. If you said that you had to grow into your name, you get 10 points because this indicates you went through the pain of having a name that didn’t feel comfortable or right. If you always liked your name, you also get 10 points because you know how great it feels to have a name that fits.
8. Yes: You get 10 points. No: Wrong answer-studies prove that employers and teachers sometimes prejudge people in a negative way when their names are odd or spelled differently than usual. So you get 0 points.
9. Yes: You get 10 points because this indicates a high level of name awareness. No: You get 0 points because you weren’t paying enough attention to names.
10. Yes: You get 10 points. No: You get 0 points-it does matter. Having to explain a name or pronounce it all the time turns out to be a bit of a liability for a child-a small setback.
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