19 October 2007
What's your name? Is it Mary or Sue?
Of course, what Don and Juan (Roland Trone and Claude Johnson) really wanted to know was in the next line: "Do I stand a chance with you?"
And they're not asking if her name is Deirdre or Elspeth, which brings us to this discussion at Jezebel:
"What's your ideal name for your perfect girl?" And while I'm weirded out that this is something guys actually devote brain energy towards, as a person with an unusual name, I often think about what names mean, what feelings they invoke, whether they sound pleasing, are fun to say, seem sassy, smart, cute or sexy. Even if you're open minded, don't the names Mildred and Ethel inspire a certain mental picture? It may not be fair, but it happens.
That mental picture is "old," which seldom seems "sassy, smart, cute or sexy," and being old, I should know. While Ethel was the 8th most popular name for girls in the 1890s, and Mildred hit #6 in the 1910s, both names were considered hopelessly passé by 1980. (Stats by The Baby Name Wizard's NameVoyager.) I can't help but wonder if maybe the names you consider sexiest are the names that were popular around the time of your adolescence: on a whim, I keyed in a dozen names that for some reason push at least one of my buttons, and all but one of them peaked somewhere between 1950 and 1980, followed by a descent into desuetude.
I'm also guessing that what guys think along these lines is colored by how they were treated, or how they think they were treated, by someone by that name.Posted at 4:21 PM to Almost Yogurt