Where Do Baby Names Come From By Steven D. Levitt And Stephen J. Dubner

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Register to read the introduction… Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner cleverly outline how names cycle through socioeconomic populations. They were able to identify that once a name catches on among high-income, highly educated parents, it starts to work its way down the socioeconomic ladder (v 119). Their claim states that “many parents, whether they realize it or not, like the sound of names that sound “successful” (Levitt, Dubner 120). We all want our children to be successful. Most of us hope that our children will have greater happiness and fortune than we have for ourselves. By giving children “successful” names, parents are projecting their hopes and dreams for their children’s futures. The authors solidify this point by saying, “all parents are trying to signal something with a name, and an overwhelming number of parents are seemingly trying to signal their own expectations of how successful they hope their children will be. The name itself isn’t likely to make a shred of difference. But the parents may feel better knowing that, from the very outset, they tried their best” (Levitt, Dubner 120). …show more content…
The result is the unfortunate name “Gogol Ganguli.” Although his father named him for the author that he believed saved his life, Gogul struggles mightily with his name to the point of changing it. Only his family members call him by his given name and he notes, “Without people in the world to call him Gogol, no matter how long he himself lives, Gogol Ganguli will, once and for all, vanish from the lips of loved ones, as so, cease to exist. Yet the thought of this eventual demise provides no sense of victory, no solace. It provides no solace at all (289;

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