That which we call a rose...

Think twice before naming your daughter Daenerys.  Mother of Dragons not withstanding. From The Atlantic.

Names work hard: They can affect who gets into elite schools, what jobs we apply for, and who gets hired. Our names can even influence what cities we live in, who we befriend, and what products we buy since, we’re attracted to things and places that share similarities to our names. 
A name is, after all, perhaps the most important identifier of a person. Most decisions are made in about three to four seconds of meeting someone, and this “thin-slicing” is surprisingly accurate. Something as packed full of clues as a name tends to lead to all sorts of assumptions and expectations about a person, often before any face-to-face interaction has taken place. A first name can imply race, age, socioeconomic status, and sometimes religion, so it’s an easy—or lazy—way to judge someone’s background, character, and intelligence. 
These judgments can start as early as primary school. Teachers tend to hold lower expectations for students with typically black-sounding names while they set high expectations for students with typically white- and Asian-sounding names. And this early assessment of students’ abilities could influence students’ expectations for themselves.


Toni Chamberlain said…
I was once working as a radiology supervisor in a well-known pediatric hospital. One of the physicians ordered an exam on his patient and I felt it was the incorrect exam. I approached the radiologist of the day to seek her help with my problem. I asked her if she could talk to the ordering physician and let him know that the incorrect exam had been ordered. She took one look at the radiology requisition and saw that the ordering physician's name was "Mohammad J. Pahlavirini". Her comment was, "No, he probably doesn't even speak English." I told her her comment was inappropriate, and then paged him. It turned out he was a native English speaker.

Names can be deceiving, especially for those so quick to pass judgment.

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