Here is an excerpt from an article looking at the significance of names. This has often struck me as interesting, especially when I run across an interesting name of a Senior, such as Nelda, Archie or Moses.
A name is, after all, perhaps the most important identifier of a person. Most decisions are made in about three to four seconds of meeting someone, and this “thin-slicing” is surprisingly accurate. Something as packed full of clues as a name tends to lead to all sorts of assumptions and expectations about a person, often before any face-to-face interaction has taken place. A first name can imply race, age, socioeconomic status, and sometimes religion, so it’s an easy—or lazy—way to judge someone’s background, character, and intelligence.
So I am trying to be more aware of how I make judgments based on a name. While sometimes the name fits like a glove, its useful to wait until each new acquaintance has a chance to express their unique personality.