Christine O wrote:
... I beg to differ on this point Airzone, in a few cases anyway. ... Someone did some research that showed names did have an influence on the outcome of an individual's life. Can anyone else remember it?
No need to beg, just differ. Yes, I agree it can seem
that some people suit or reflect their name. Is it cause or effect? Does it matter? And of course, some people also seem not
to reflect their name. So, I reckon it's pot luck. And yes, having this or that name will impact a person to some degree. Being named Hilter in Poland in 1950 would have had a major impact on a child!
The popularity of certain names reflects the social circumstances at the time. Some names are more popular at certain periods. So maybe we associate certain cultural manifestations with certain names. In Australia Sky was very popular in the 70's for example. But I do think one should be very very careful is anticipating a person's behaviour or appearance by their name.
I think it is interesting that many people really like the sound of names which originate outside their own country, as is shown by several people in these posts on this topic. I also like Siobhan, Amanda and names which seem to have rhythm to my ear. But I do know, that depending upon one's language, what sounds pleasant to me may not sound pleasant to someone who grew up in central Mongolia for example. And of course, we all have seen the movie "The God's Must Be Crazy" which gave us a little exposure to the language of the Kalahari Bushmen. I would have little or no hope of pronouncing names from that culture.