Children's First Names: An Empirical Study of Social Taste

  title={Children's First Names: An Empirical Study of Social Taste},
  author={Stanley Lieberson and Eleanor O. Bell},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={511 - 554}
Data on births in New York State between 1973 and 1985 are used to analy gender differences in naming patterns. In a relatively rigorous way, the authors infer how seemingly idiosyncratic expressions of tastes in names are in general affected by underlying cultural themes. For example, the results suggest that long-standing stereotyped role assignments still have a subtle but major effect on the naming process. Two major parental characteristics-education and race-modify these general patterns… 

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