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What's in a name? Does the name of your baby determine its success?

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We all have them of course and most of us get them from our parents when we are only infants, but your name has a lot to do with how others perceive you in life. 

Romanus Chodorowski knows all too well what it's like to grow up with an unusual name. Chodorowski was named after an Irish knight in St. Gillian's army.  Now in his thirties Romanus is comfortable with his name, but it hasn't always been easy. 

"It was definitely different growing up with that name," says Chodorowski.  "Everybody else is here's John, Tom or David and they get to you and everybody turns and looks.   

For Romanus it was a bit of a challenge growing up and going through school with such a unique name, but for others their name can mean more than uncomfortable introductions. 

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"People don't take you very professionally or very seriously when your name's Candy Mann." 

The youngest of three girls and actually named by her two older sisters when they were just three and five years old, Candy Mann has certainly faced her fair share of difficulties stemming from her name. 

"At the doctor's office when they have to do last name first and first name last, they always come out and the nurse will look at the chart and then look around like it's a joke.  Then she'll say Mann Candy with a questioning inflection in her voice," says Candy Mann. 

She's heard it all, but it's also been more than a joke, like when she's applying for jobs. 

"Employers don't open emails that have a strange name because sometimes they think they're spam or some sort of spyware," says Mann. 

Heather Crandall teaches several types of communications classes at Gonzaga.  She says many studies have been done about what those simple words used to identify yourself can mean. 

"You can do studies and see clear trends," says Crandall.  "Some people aren't getting jobs and that's really mattering to peoples' lives."

"The problem with exotic names is that they're risky," says Psychologist Troy Brunner.  "How people respond to us and our name also affects our self esteem.  It's called the 'looking glass self''."  Brunner says according to some studies it can affect how well people do in school or in their careers.  

"It's important for parents when they are thinking about naming their child to consider the big picture," says Brunner.  "That child will have to live with that name forever."  Brunner also says that having a memorable name is sometimes a good thing, which is why many celebrities have a stage name. 

However while trying to embark on a career as a paralegal, Candy Mann says a name like hers could be distracting.  Mann says when applying for jobs she uses a different last name on her resumes.   

"Hopefully I won't have to change it legally to be taken seriously," says Mann. 

Some studies show it may not be all perception.  Dr. Brunner says that people who have names that are difficult to pronounce or are considered exotic tend to have more difficulties in life.  He says, in many cases those people tend to experience more behavioral problems and less academic and career success. 

So before you decide to name your baby Apple, consider what that could mean for their whole life.    

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