Does it matter if I give my child a unique name?

Not really, unless you decide to call your son Sue. A University of Florida study found that boys who were given girls’ names were 30 per cent more likely to exhibit behavioural problems in middle school. The only other potential pitfall is how a strange name may affect people’s initial perceptions of your child once he or she has grown up. According to a 2008 study in the Journal of Managerial Psychology, people with common names (John, Robert, Susan) are more likely to be called in for job interviews compared to people with unusual ones (Tangerine, Majestic). Simple rule: Match the moniker to the gender.


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