When you chose your baby’s name, you may think of ways to make the name unique, or be looking at family names, celebrity names, and other sources of inspiration. In your search, it may also be helpful to know what impact a name may have. A name isn’t going to dictate every aspect of your baby’s life, yet the choice you make may have some surprising implications…

1. Easily Pronounced Names Get Picked

No one wants to struggle with pronouncing a name. This reluctance holds true when teachers are calling on students and when companies are selecting candidates for interviews. This effect may be unintentional, yet most people simply feel more comfortable with a name they recognize and know how to pronounce.

For example, studies have shown that first encounters between children go more smoothly when easily-pronounced names are involved. Moreover, names that are difficult to pronounce attract less attention on dating sites.

2. Common Names Can Get Promoted

In a similar vein, studies have found that people with common names often achieve higher status positions at work. This phenomenon relates to the ease of processing information, in this case the name. Sometimes climbing the professional ladder at work can come down to a supervisor’s feelings, so a common name can be a tipping point.

3. First Names Sometimes Drive Interests

People come to associate their identity with their names. Therefore, a name can sometimes drive that person’s interests – and even career path. For example, studies have shown that women named Laura gravitate toward becoming lawyers while men named Dennis often become dentists. A strong association with one’s name can draw people to interests or professions that sound similar to their name.

4. Names Come with their own Associations

To expand on the previous point, people often associate names with the ability to do specific jobs. In this case, the association has less to do with the letters that make up the name and more to do with images associated with the name.

For instance, you might expect someone named Colt to be a better football player than one named Percival because you associate speed and strength with the name Colt. Percival, on the other hand, might be expected to be engaged in poetry or other artistic pursuits.

5. A Name’s First Letter has an Impact

A study has yielded a particularly surprising conclusion. People whose names start with a letter later in the alphabet are more likely to be impulse shoppers. The theory is that waiting for your name to be called leads to impatience – and, so, impulsivity.

What to do, then?

Don’t be overly concerned that the name you choose will be bad for your baby. Ultimately, the biggest impulse to your child’s success is going to be your parenting – names are a minimal factor in the equation. However, to make sure that a name has only the positive associations you desire, you can use the Nameclouds baby name generator. Try it now or subscribe for yourself, a friend, or a relative.