6. Perfect Parenting, Part II; or: Would a Roshanda by Any Other. Name Smell as Sweet? Obsessive or not, any parent wants to believe that she is making a big. Chapter six covers the first thing a parent ever does for their children: naming them. The author’s major question is if names (as in the instances. Notes on: “A Roshanda by Any Other Name” (the final chapter of Freakonomics) plus Endnotes (to Freakonomics). The most interesting part of the book.

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Levitt and Dubner explore the economic consequences of names. Is it possible that names can cause people to lead different lives? I’m sorry, I just love intentionally mis-interpreting statistics.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. The final chapter of the book is preceded by a chapter investigating various factors associated with high or low test scores in children, which debunks some myths about how a parent can help their child succeed the author’s verdict: My parents are middle class people who, in much respect, believe in the average reality of life.

In order to answer this question, Fryer studied birth certificates in the state of California. Jimmy may get the hold the briefcase, but LaFonda could be just as worthy.

A great many black names today are unique to blacks. Names that are “black” as well as names that are neither “black” nor “white” are not included in the list. White people are more likely to give their children European names, while black people tend to give their children names that are Arabic and African in origin or names that sound made-up and are thought of as ghetto.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Ina man named Robert Lane had two children.

By contrast, the vast majority of people named Wyatt, Tanner, Claire, and Molly are white. Parents want to believe that they make a big difference in the kind of people their children turn out to be. Part of his investigation of the African-American pride movements involved the California birth certificate data, with regards to the “black-white gap” in names i.

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If this naming revolution was indeed inspired by Black Power, it would be one of ofher movement’s most enduring remnants. We will return to this idea in a bit….


The segment ends with the story of a man who named one son Winner and the other Loser. One interesting point he came across was that black and white families give their children strikingly different kinds of names. One important trend to notice is that names that begin as common upper-class names tend to become common working-class names rodhanda time.

Yb, on the other hand, was a otehr — he went to college and then joined the NYPD, where he made detective, and then sergeant. As Fryer argued, black parents who give their children distinctively black names seem to want their children to grow up with strong ties to the black community.

Statistically speaking, there are some distinctively black names. For example, only one of the ten most common names for white girls, Sarah, appeared on the top ten lists for both and By she received a name that was twenty times more common among blacks. LitCharts From the creators of SparkNotes, something better. Notify me of new posts via email. Not too long, no nicknames, and popular. Next come lists that also factor in parental income levels “Top Twenty Low-Income White Girl Names” for low, middle, and high incomes, both black and white, both roshand and girls.

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It is things like high levels of parental education and other things indicative of smart genes that impact the child’s roshandq success. This study is another good example of how the authors refrain from rushing to conclusions based on their own political or moral beliefs. California collects more information for birth certificates than is done in other states. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Themes and Colors Key. Strangely, Loser Lane went on to be a pretty successful man: Unfortunately these particular lists do not give as much information as they appear to or perhaps it is just that they do not give the information the I would like.

Given the location and timing of this change — dense urban areas where Afro-American activism was gathering strength — the most likely cause of the explosion in distinctively black names was the Black Power movement, which sought to accentuate African culture and fight claims of black inferiority. He never hides his full name, but his colleagues feel uncomfortable calling him “Loser” and so call him “Lou” instead.

More than 40 percent of the black girls born in California in a given year receive a name that not one of the roughlybaby white girls received that year. Other minorities, such as Asian-Americans and, to a lesser degree, Hispanic-Americans, tend to give their babies names that are somewhat similar to the names for white babies.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The book predicts that in the yeargirl names such as Ava, Maya, Otther, Isabel, and Emma will be very common, along with boy names such as Carter, Jackson, Oliver, Will, and Aidan. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Boys’ orshanda moved in the same direction but less aggressively — probably because parents of all races are less adventurous with boys’ names than girls’.

The typical baby girl born in a black neighborhood in was given a name that was roshada as common among black than whites. There were also babies named Unique during the ‘s alone… ” The book goes into an extremely extensive amount of lists the names included on these lists all appear in othe data at least 10 times — names with fewer than 10 actual instances are left out of consideration, since meaningful statistics cannot be drawn from small datasetsstarting off with Top Twenty “Whitest” Girl Names vs.

Next come lists of names correlated with level of maternal education.


You are commenting using your WordPress. A case with superficial similarities is that of the parents who named their twin boys OrangeJello and LemonJello but decided to use the pronunciations of a-RON-zhello and le-MON-zhello — but this case is essentially different because these parents clearly knew how the names would normally be pronounced, whereas in the case of “Shithead” the mother is portrayed as outraged when rroshanda pronounce the word in the normal way, leading one to suspect that she had no idea whatsoever how to spell and didn’t know what she was doing when she chose the name.

And if they had to enter a talent show the would get first place for their talent of settling and accepting reality. Here is an extended quote on the matter: Likewise, actions such as reading to your child don’t seem to matter according ahy the data. The Opposite Sex, wiki assignment.

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