Thursday, August 15, 2013

What's in a Name

I came across this interesting article at the website Freakanomics here.  All in all it says that in 5 independent studies the easier one's name is to pronounce the greater success a person experiences.  This article did not imply that unfamiliar or foreign names were necessarily a problem, the name it seems just must be easy for people to say.

It is an interesting concept. Do you feel that presenting with an "Americanized" version of your given name is a good idea or do you think it misrepresents you?   Would you find an American living in your country  who  gives a name easier for the people of your country to understand or pronounce as being considerate or dishonest?

Additionally do you think it is the responsibility of the people in America to try a bit harder to understand and pronounce a greater variety of names, or is the responsibility to the new American to fit in by choosing a variety of their name that American's can pronounce easily?

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

Lynn founder of Accent Master

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