In his book, The Name Game, New York journalist Christopher P. Andersen compiled from several surveys a list of characterizations commonly associated with names.
Although you may disagree, Andersen stands by his findings. So much so that he named his daughter (now age 1) "Katharine" (for "determined and strong"). Even the nickname "Kate," he says, signals "unstoppable."
"We thought she couldn't lose with that double whammy."
Some other names and alleged characteristics on Andersen's list: Girls
Barbara--forceful, successful, fat but sexy.
Marie--slim, attractive, intelligent.
Rhoda--a bit of a schlemiel, but attractive.
Ruth--an earth mother.
Tammy--mischievous, pert & redheaded.
Anthony--tall, wiry, elegant.
Bill--super-macho, sexy, successful.
Chuck--very masculine, but quiet.
Dave--a superstar, a he-man, an achiever.
Elmer--a loser, unloved, slothful, not bright.
Harvey--a bit of a klutz.
Joe--a truck driver.
Richard--very good looking.
Sam--a hard worker.
Walter--competent, not very athletic.
And now, who's calling whom names?