Baby Names as Indicators of Social Positioning- Causes and Consequences

Sarah Qwarnström & My Anh Hamel

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


What is in a name, really? Can one’s forename go as far as revealing or shaping identity? This paper investigates the depth and meaning which forenames can carry, not only for their owner, but for the group or community they find themselves in. Cultural, societal, and historical factors all come into play, in order to determine how various groups and their naming practices have evolved over time, and why they have evolved in that manner. Using the United States of America as a case study, various groups within the country will be examined in an attempt to pinpoint traditions, cultures and trends which have led up to present day naming practices.
While looking into several different groups such as the genders, social classes, and ethnic minorities, this paper shows that forenaming practices do indeed reveal identity, on a personal and communal level. This identity is drawn from how these groups position themselves within the American society, how they view the world outside of their group, and how they choose to be recognized by others. For more in depth analysis and data, the groups on which is put the most focus are those of African Americans and Chinese Americans as ethnic minorities in the Unites States.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato22 maj 2017
Antal sider40
VejledereAnne Fabricius