There are children of Millennials who are going to university now, and you are never too young to be discriminated against, just too young to recognise it.
I thought that was all about Kevin Hasselhoff…
Great. Let me guess, there are already future-name-market predicting consultants who will - for a reaonable fee - consult on your child’s name to make sure they avoid speedbumps. The poor can’t afford them (and it wouldn’t help anyway) the middle class can just barely, and the rich don’t need them.
Ha, the “can’t afford a consultant” version could be: read the police blotter, don’t use any of those names. Read the financial rags, use one of those names.”
Similar thing was (is?) a thing with boy names ending in Y in Sweden. Tommy, Conny, Ronny, Jimmy, …
Key paragraph from Swedish Wikipedia on “Y-names”:
Y-names are often associated with men who do not have higher education and with working class jobs. Some have prejudices against these groups and associate them with low status. As the names were still common among school children, teachers in the 1950s and 1960s often associated them with mischievous children and juvenile delinquents and it was said to be statistically proven that Y-names were overrepresented in prisons and in crime statistics. The theme has been addressed by Ronny Ambjörnsson, who made an academic career after growing up in a traditional working environment.
In a student essay from 2010, the authors stated that they found a connection between Y-names and higher criminal charges. It was also shown that Y-names were more common in residential areas with lower socio-economic status.
Him and Kevin McCallister of Home Alone fame.
my first thought too, but I doubted whether people would get the obscure reference!
Zidgel! FidgeI! Midgel!
And another one. I think you might be onto something.
And one that disproves the Kevin is a dick trope. Too smart and funny to be really famous.
Kevin Kline offered an intelligent nuanced portrayal in “A Fish called Wanda”
I don’t know if I have faced any discrimination based on my Kevin-ish name, but I have had it all my life, so I might just be used to the disgust and derision. I also did end up in the funniest of the construction trades, turd herding, so I am used to dealing with shit.
This phenomenon also exists in Austria, where the female equivalent to a Kevin is a Jennifer.
Well this is a bunch of bullshit.
I have to think that giving one’s child an Anglo-American name would have been viewed as somewhat subversive in East Germany. It’s ironic that the names have become thought of as typically East German rather than as reflecting a desire to be associated with the west.