Factors Related to Individuals' Attitudes toward Their Names

  title={Factors Related to Individuals' Attitudes toward Their Names},
  author={Charles E. Joubert},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  pages={983 - 986}
  • C. E. Joubert
  • Published 1 December 1985
  • Psychology
  • Psychological Reports
This research studied whether several factors might relate to a person's evaluation of his given names. Most subjects liked their names but less so their middle names. Male subjects rated their last names higher than did females theirs. People who had been known by pet names liked both their first and middle names less. People with unusual names were more likely to have a nickname; but neither names' atypicality nor nicknames were related to the evaluation of the legal names. Men were equally… Expand
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