The NY Times looks into an interesting fact:
Studies showed that children with odd names got worse grades and were less popular than other classmates in elementary school. In college they were more likely to flunk out or become “psychoneurotic.” Prospective bosses spurned their résumés. They were overrepresented among emotionally disturbed children and psychiatric patients.
Some of these mental problems might have been genetic — what kind of parent picks a name like Golden Rule or Mary Mee? — but it was still bad news.”
Call it the “Boy Named Sue” quandary.
UPDATE: When I was in college, my next door neighbors had a son named “Patient.” I asked them how they chose such an unusual name. They responded that the hospital picked it out — they put it on his wristband right after he was born. True story.