Like it or not, our names tell an awful lot about us. For instance, can you guess my approximate age by knowing my name? While I was born during the tail end of Suzanne’s popularity (1973), you can pretty well guess that a candidate named Emma will be younger than I, and a candidate named Carol is older.
What else can you guess with a high degree of accuracy? Well, gender, of course. Gender neutral names do exist, but for the most part, a Jane will be female and a John will be male.
What about race? Can you tell race by someone’s name? Vihaan is probably Indian, DeShawn is probably African American, and Zhang Wei is probably Chinese.
Names aren’t spread out equally, and different regions, different economic statuses, and different religions all have different naming trends.
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Hooray Susan! Good ideas, and how timely to remind people to go the extra mile to assure diversity and promote fair hiring.
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