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

@article{Lieberson1992ChildrensFN,
  title={Children's First Names: An Empirical Study of Social Taste},
  author={Stanley Lieberson and Eleanor O. Bell},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={1992},
  volume={98},
  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… 

Fitting In or Standing Out: Trends in American Parents' Choices for Children’s Names, 1880–2007

In an analysis of the first names of 325 million American babies born 1880 to 2007, parents have increasingly given their children less common names, suggesting a growing interest in uniqueness and

Assimilation and Gender in Naming

This article examines the naming practices of Hispanic parents who gave birth to children in Los Angeles County in 1995. The authors find that greater exposure to U.S. culture increases the chances

Assimilation and Gender in Naming1

This article examines the naming practices of Hispanic parents who gave birth to children in Los Angeles County in 1995. The authors find that greater exposure to U.S. culture increases the chances

Cultural naming practices in children's literature with adoption themes

This paper analyzes texts for children ages 4–8 focused on adoption to understand how naming practices are presented. Findings show how books use naming (a) to connect children to their birth culture

DISTINCTIVE AFRICAN AMERICAN NAMES: AN EXPERIMENTAL, HISTORICAL, AND LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF INNOVATION*

Many African American parents create unique names for their children. Although in the United States there are no formal "rules" limiting the sounds parents may combine in creating a child's name,

Personal Names as a Psychological Variable

This article reviewed the empirically based research on given names in several areas. The preferences for personal names were discussed in terms of variables such as the frequency of occurrence of

Racial Differences in First Names in 1910

This research examines concentration and similarity in the first name distributions of African Americans and whites resident in Mississippi in 1910. Data are drawn from the Public Use Sample of the

Personal Names and Cultural Change: A Study of the Naming Patterns of Italians and Jews in the United States in 1910

Although individual and personal, names take on their significance in social interaction. Since the context of social interaction changes with immigration, names can be expected to change as well. In

First names and social distinction: Middle-class naming practices in Australia

Naming practices provide a novel way to explore contemporary gender and class processes in Australia. Names are important everyday symbols of social location and signify family history, gender,

Socioeconomic Determinants of First Names

Abstract Modern naming practices in the Netherlands between 1982 and 2005 were studied on the basis of 1409 popular first names, divided into fourteen name groups determined by the common preferences
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 46 REFERENCES

Naming Children in Middle-Class Families

Data on the relatives children were named after are analyzed as an empirical index to the subjectively salient inner core of kin in a sample of 347 urban middle-class mothers. Kin are the major

CULTURAL VARIATION IN PERSONAL NAME PATTERNS IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES

The hypothesis that patterns in choice of given-names may prove to be the single most nearly ideal measure for analyzing spatial and temporal variation in total cultural systems has been explored

American Given Names: Their Origin and History in the Context of the English Language

George Stewart, the world's foremost authority on place-naming, has written an engrossing dictionary that has become the standard work on the history of American first names. Stewart places names in

The Evolution of Personal Naming Practices among American Blacks

MOST AMERICAN NEGROES ORIGINATED in the countries of western Africa. A large number of their names have been derived through or influenced by residual traditions brought to the Americas from Africa.

Some Aspects of the Name in Culture-History

In tracing the folkways built about the name, much may be learned of the evolution of social institutions and the nature of social forces. Such a study reveals societal development as a lumbering

The Theory of the Leisure Class

'Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.' In The Theory of the Leisure Class Thorstein Veblen sets out 'to discuss the place and value of the

Cycles in Symbol Production: The Case of Popular Music

This study questions the common assertion that culture forms go through cycles. Data on the structure of the music industry and the sorts of music produced over 26 years are examined. Periods of

The Transformation of the Avant-Garde: The New York Art World, 1940-1985

With the rise of Abstract Expressionism, New York City became the acknowledged center of the avant-garde. Diana Crane documents the transformation of the New York art world between 1940 and 1985,

CULTURAL CAPITAL: ALLUSIONS, GAPS AND GLISSANDOS IN RECENT THEORETICAL DEVELOPMENTS*

The concept of cultural capital has been increasingly used in American sociology to study the impact of cultural reproduction on social reproduction. However, much confusion surrounds this concept.

Making It Count: The Improvement of Social Research and Theory.

This title re-examines and reconsiders the model of empirical research underlying most empirical work. The goal is neither a whitewash nor capital punishment, but rather it is to reform and mold