Naming a child is frequently the first big decision you make as a parent. There’s a lot of pressure on you to pick just the right name — one that suits your child, sounds good with your last name, and that both you and your spouse can agree upon.
But is your choice of a baby name going to determine your child’s destiny? To some extent, it will, argues “Freakonomics” authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.
In July, I wrote about how your baby’s name could even predict her career path. Research in Names: A Journal of Onomastics found that people’s names can influence the type of career they take.
Now, in the upcoming film version of “Freakonomics,” the authors ask, “Can a name have some sort of magical power over your entire destiny?”
To make their case, the filmmakers present the story of a girl named Temptress who grew up to be sexually promiscuous and eventually ran into troubles with the law. Was young Temptress merely trying to live up to the expectations of her provocative name? Watch this video clip from “Freakonomics” and decide for yourself.
What do you think? What does your child’s name say about him or her? Do you think names determine people’s life paths?