I know I just blogged earlier today, but this study is fascinating. When I was driving to work yesterday morning, I heard the morning show I was listening to discussing this topic…
Apparently, a group of Psychologists at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, conducted a survey of more than 47,000 people. The questions asked? What are the most attractive male and female names, as well as the most least attractive male and female names.
The test polled these folks who are online daters to see how they would react to people’s names alone—without seeing a photo or any other additional information about the person.
Most Attractive Male Name: Jacob
Runners up: Alexander, Max, Peter, and Mark.
Most Attractive Female Name: Charlotte
Runners up: Emma, Hannah, and Marie.
Now for the most unattractive names…(Please don’t shoot me; I am only reporting the results of this poll, and by no means do they reflect the sentiments of this blogger)…
Least Attractive Male Name: Kevin
Runners up: Justin, Marvin, and Dennis.
Least Attractive Female Name: Mandy
Runners up: Celina, Chantal, and Jacqueline.
I’m not sure I’m down with this list. First of all, shouldn’t Stephanie be topping the Most Attractive Female Name list???? And my friend Currie wants to know why her name has never made a list. Ever.
As for Kevin, I don’t mind that name. Kevin Costner comes to mind, someone I’ve actually met and who was very, very nice (and his good looks at the time actually rendered me speechless upon introduction). And Jacqueline is a very lovely name. Mandy is usually short for Amanda…isn’t that a cute nickname?
I’m not too sure where the heck Charlotte came from. It’s a beautiful name, it’s true, but could Charlotte from “Sex and The City” have done wonders to bring back that name from the crypt?
Mark is a good name (my father-in-law will be pleased), as are Alex, Max, and Peter. But where’s Matt? Isn’t Matt a great name? Two of the apostles’ names are listed (Peter and Mark), what about Luke and Matt? And the masculine version of Stephanie is Steve. No Steve? Apparently not.
Oh, well. Who knows what this is all about. Daters out there, take heed. You may want to avoid Kevins and Mandys just to stick with the trend. Or you could buck the trend altogether and pick people to date who own these names just to throw a wrench into the poll.