Psychology & Society
Psychology & Society


Current Issue - May 2018

The current issue is a rolling issue of individual papers. As individual submissions are accepted for publication in 2018 they will be added to the current issue.



The Relationship Between Adult’s Personality and Baby Name Preferences
CAREY J. FITZGERALD & JODY A. THOMPSON

Baby naming has become a lucrative industry in which individuals can earn income by suggesting appropriate and/or popular baby names to new parents (cf., Wattenberg, 2013 for an example). However, scientific research on names, to date, has not examined whether parents’ personalities influence their preferences for more popular, unique, or traditional baby names. The present study investigated potential correlations between individuals’ personality traits (Five Factor Model and Dark Triad) and their preferences for popular, unique, and traditional baby names. Conscientiousness and Neuroticism were not correlated with baby name preferences. However, Extraversion and Agreeableness were positively correlated with uniqueness of baby names. Extraversion was also positively correlated with popularity of baby names. Openness was negatively correlated with popularity and positively correlated with traditionality. Narcissism was positively correlated with uniqueness baby names. Exploratory analyses also revealed some noteworthy results.

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