Parents Choosing More Unusual Baby Names Now

By Marilyn Long,2014-11-29 17:16
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Parents Choosing More Unusual Baby Names Now

Parents Choosing More Unusual Baby Names Now

    Adapted from an article by Jeanna Bryner on, 24.02.2010.

Celebrities aren't the only ones giving their babies unusual names.

    Compared ______________ (1) decades ago, parents are choosing less

    common names for kids, which could suggest an emphasis

    _______________ (2) uniqueness and individualism, according

    _____________ (3) new research.

    Essentially, today's kids (and later adults) will stand _______________ (4) from classmates. ____________ (5) instance, in the 1950s, the average first-grade class of 30 children would have had _____________ (6) least one boy named James (top name in 1950), while __________ (7) 2013, six classes will be necessary to find only one Jacob, even though that was the most common boys' name in 2007.

    The researchers suspect the recent popularity of unusual baby names could be a sign of a change in culture. Whereas in the past it was important to fit in, today emphasis is put on being unique and standing out. When taken too far, however, this individualism could also lead to narcissism, according to a study.

    This trend in baby-naming didn't show a constant decrease. Between 1880 and 1919, fewer parents were giving their children common names, though from 1920 to the 1940s common names were used more often than before. Then, when baby boomers came on the scene, so did more unusual names. The biggest decrease in usage of common names came in the 1990s. The results held even when the researchers accounted for immigration rates and increasing Latino populations, which could bring relatively less common names into the mix. The most compelling explanation left is the idea that parents are much more focused on their children standing out. There's been this cultural shift toward focusing on the individual, toward standing out and being unique as opposed to fitting in with the group and following the rules.

    1. In the past parents gave common names to their children because they didn’t want

    their off-springs to stand out.

    2. Individualism always results in narcissism.

    3. Baby naming history shows a gradual change.

    4. In the 90s even more children received uncommon names.

    5. Immigration rates did not result in any significant change regarding baby naming


    6. A certain percentage of Latinos give English names to their children.

    7. Today’s parents want their children to possess unique qualities.

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    The positive side of/about/in individualism is that there is less prejudice and more tolerance for minority groups, and/despite of/however, when individualism is taken too far, the result is narcissism. Therefore, this change would/might/is be an indication of our culture becoming

    more narcissistic. Past research has/have/having shown that back in the 1950ies/ 1950’s/1950s

    parents placed a lot of importance for/on/to a child being obedient, which has gone way down. Parenting has become/becoming/became permissive and more child-focused and parents are much more reluctant to be authority figures.

    As for whether these _____________________ (1) have personalities to match is ______________ (2). It remains __________________ (3) having a unique name necessarily leads ________________ (4). If that unique name is part _________________ (5) that their child is special and needs _________________________ (6) in is a bad thing, then that could lead to ____________________ (7).

    A. to stand out and that fitting

    B. of a parent's overall philosophy

    C. to narcissism later in life

    D. parents who think that

    E. unusually named kids will

    F. not known

    G. those personality traits

    H. to be seen whether


    This is the end of the test.

    Check your answers with the help of the key and count your marks.


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    With/to; on; to; out; For; at; in


    T / F / F / T / T / N / T


    of / however / might / has / 1950s / on / become


     unusually named kids will

     not known

     to be seen whether

     to narcissism later in life

     of a parent's overall philosophy

     to stand out and that fitting

     those personality traits

If you scored 22 marks or more FIRST CLASS PASS

    If you scored 17 marks or more PASS

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    here. Info: A list of top-10 baby names by year, and their popularity, can be found

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