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First name: what your choice hides

First name: what your choice hides



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You have decided to call him Emile as your grandfather, Marie-Charlotte for his clean side or Matt, the name of your idol? The first name chosen for baby is never the result of chance. But do you know how much?

Because you want it rare, because it has a nice little music ... and for many other reasons. Nicolas Guéguen, professor of social and cognitive psychology, has sifted through a century of research on the first name. To better understand what lies behind the name of your dreams, here are seven statements captured in the thick of your discussions and commentary specialist.

Call him Jules? Oh no ! There will be too much in his class!

  • False. Okay, that name is in the wind. There is a good chance that your little Jules will later find himself the only one of his class! First names at the top are indeed much less attributed than formerly. If, out of a hundred little boys, nearly eight of them named themselves Jean in 1920, there are now little more than two Lucas, however long favorite. This diversity is linked to the 1993 law, which offers great freedom of choice. But not only ... Sociologists say it goes in the direction of a more individualistic society.

Zephirin, it misses a little serious for a boy! Better to call him Etienne, like Papy.

  • True. For your dear boy, you prefer not to innovate too much for his name! American researchers have made this funny observation: for 1000 children born the same year, they found in boys 27% of unique first names - that is to say, attributed only once in the year - against 45% in the little girls !
  • One possible explanation: if women most often choose the first name of the children, the father is responsible for naming his boy, especially the first. "Dads are more normative, fun Nicolas Guéguen.It is well known.And the first child, if it is a boy, weighs a tradition ... We honor a friend, a parent, more than for a girl.

Tom, it's a short name, it's strong, it's going to benefit him

  • True. Yes, you like short names. A strong trend, again representative of our society where everything must go fast! But the advantage lies in the boys' camp: English researchers have combed the 500 names of each sex most given in England. Those of the boys contained fewer syllables than those of the girls. They were therefore easier to memorize. In addition, another research highlights that the tonal accent is on the first letters, which would strengthen the impression of power, unlike those girls where it is placed on the second syllable.

It's crazy how we feel full of ideas for the name of a girl ...

  • True. Tinalla, Meléana, Loeiza, Léya ... You do not miss imagination for your little girls. Moreover, when childless students are asked to give a name to a hypothetical baby, young women offer more rare ones, especially for their little girls. They are also more aware of current trends. And for your princesses, you favor the aesthetics, the little music ... Lili, it's pretty, right?

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