Saturday, September 23, 2006

What's In A Name, You Say?

Thanks to Stormi0611 for the cute, cute cap!

I ran across this Nth Degree from August 12, 2004 and considering everybody I know in my offline world seems to be either trying to get pregnant, is pregnant, or just had a baby I thought would write about picking names.

Tonight, taking names to the Nth Degree. What's in a name, you say? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Shakespeare may have been a great writer, but he's got nothing on Amy Profers (ph), a grad student at M.I.T. Profers did a study using the website which showed that names do have meaning.

See, Profers' study showed that photos of men with names like Matt or or Dave or Jake were rated hotter than the same photos with names like Lou or John or Tom. The difference appears to be that names with vowels pronounced in the front of the mouth were viewed as being hotter than names with vowels formed at back of the mouth.

The study showed exactly the opposite effect for women. Those with names with back vowels like Laura or Robin were viewed as hotter than those with front vowels such as Melanie or Amy.

So parents take note that what you name your child has important long-term effects. Decades from now someone could be rating them as hot or not on a website. Won't you be proud.

We leave you with this possible solution. Parents of boys should all name them Anderson, a very hot front-vowel name and parents of girls should all name them Cooper an equally hot back-vowel name. No pressure.
Cap by BCFraggle
To Tell The TruthSince Anderson is a hottie it makes sense he would have a hot front-vowel name. Anderson actually means "son of Andrew". He gets questioned all the time about having two last names but apparently it is catching on. According to Social Security Online, Anderson was the 501st most popular name in 2005. In 1998, it was #872.

Also, Edie Falco of The Soprano's fame named her child Anderson and said: "It was a family name to start with but Anderson Cooper being out there with it made it easier." I have a really long name and my mother told me I had fits learning to write it. I wonder if Anderson had any problems learning to write it considering he said he has a form of dyslexia.

Birthday Bash Dec 1970His dad Wyatt's name, depending on which site you look at, means little warrior, water, guide, or son of Guy and is more popular than I thought. It was ranked 81st in 2005. Just the other day I saw a birth annoucement for a co-worker who had named her new baby Wyatt. Carter (which means cart driver) is even more popular than Wyatt coming in at #76. Cooper (which means barrel maker) is really popular in my neck-of-the-woods for both girl and boy names so I was surprised to see it listed at #121. Hays (which means dweller of the brushwood) wasn't in the top 1000. If you are looking for the top baby names or just like statistics then check out Social Security Online. You can get the top names including by state.

Life Experience Builds in Media Bias
Cap by ? from 1/06
I was pleasantly surprised earlier this week when I saw a Google News item on Anderson published in my regional newspaper. It was an opinion piece on media bias written by Charlie Mitchell, the executive editor of the Vicksburg Post. Cooper Watch 360 blogged about it earlier this week and the article talks about both Anderson and Shepard Smith since both of them have Mississippi ties. Here is the excerpt where he talks about both of them:
I watch very little TV news, but the Fox reputation may be part of a purposeful corporate policy to attract viewers turned off by the other networks. Or it may be due to a single hiring decision. Shepard Smith, star anchor of Fox, is not from Connecticut or Rhode Island. He's from Holly Springs. He went to Ole Miss. Could it be that the nuances of Smith's unscripted reporting from Israel or from New Orleans merely reflect where he grew up? Could hiring Smith from Ole Miss instead of Jones from Radcliffe alone explain why Fox is "right wing"?

Incidentally, when it comes to "fair and balanced," which was the motto Fox proclaimed for itself when the network launched 10 years ago, Anderson Cooper of CNN should, in genetic terms, have a better claim. Cooper's father was Wyatt Cooper, a Mississippi native and writer of prose and poetry, who married Gloria Vanderbilt, billionaire heiress and bluejeans designer in New York, where Anderson was born and grew up. Cooper is a Yale man who knows a little about the watermelon crop in Smith County, too. That's balance.

Another Emmy for Anderson?

Getty ImagesDon't forget the Emmy Awards for News and Documentaries will be Monday night. Anderson is scheduled to be a presenter at the Black Tie event. I'm hoping that Anderson at least wins one of his two nominations: Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Story: Starving in Plain Sight & Best Story in a Regular Scheduled Newscast: The Children: Part One and Part Two.


Unknown said...

Cool info about names. Interestingly enough, there is a kid that comes to my work a lot who's name is Cooper. I asked where she got the name and she said it was after Anderson! Also, I have noticed more people using the name Wyatt. I think it's becoming trendy again.

Thanks for the cool post.

Anonymous said...

Wow, my name was the 15th most popular name the year I was born. I never hear it much though!!

Jennifer said...

It's all about babies lately, isn't it? Here too...I have two friends who both delivered in the last week, along with two engagements announced. Oy.

I would seriously think about naming a kid Anderson, Carter or Wyatt. I like all of those names...very strong.

Now only if I could guarantee his blues

Anonymous said...

fab post!!

unfortunately, if i want to use any of his names, it would mean allowing my husband to use names llike "derek" and "jeter" for our kids. which SO is not happening! :)

and crossing my fingers that he gets at least one emmy!

BookAsylum said...

Very interesting~

Just a side note- Andrew means "of the man"

So Anderson's full name means: son of the man, dweller of the brushwood and barrel maker.

Phebe said...

I almost did a spit take last night when my daughter said she liked the name Cooper for a boy. It was when Sheryn was here for dinner and we both were very, very encouraging of her name choice. Of course she's a long way from being pregnant so I'm not counting on it, but it did make for a happy moment.

Anonymous said...

I think Hays comes from his great grandfather Harry Hays Morgan.

Quitty said...

@bookasylum...I didn't think to look up Andrew. I like how you put description together.

The trend around here is to have two first names. Usually, they'll put Mary in front of a family name so Mary Anderson, Mary Hayes, and Mary Cooper would work.

@sfacfan...I was surprised to see mine on the top 10 list since my mom said their weren't that many people with my name at the time...I guess everyone else had the same idea.

Anonymous said...

So does that mean he won't be on Monday night?

Anonymous said...

Will the awards be televised?

Quitty said...

@Mathilde...I didn't realize I had misspelled Hays until I saw your comment. So thanks.

@anonymice...I don't think it will be televised and it is being held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. I don't know where that is in relation to the studio but he has been known to go to an event and then go straight to the studio.

Anonymous said...


that hotel is about 15 blocks from CNN building which is 15 min walk tops -)

Leigh said...

I did a research project on the same thing for my Psychology class, and I got the same results. Interesting...