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23 July 2011 @ 08:23 pm
 
If anyone is still reading this, mind helping me out with a little something? Out of curiosity, for any of the following boy names, would you mind sharing with me what you picture? Physical features (vague or as detailed as you please), a friendly or sensitive person, strong, a jerk, and so on? You're also more than welcome to add more names yourself that give you similar associations.

Adam
Alec
Caleb
Casey
Cole
David
Jamie
Jason
Nathan
Nick
Trevor

thank you ♥ or if anyone could point me to any name sites that help with stuff like this, that would be great.

Also, unrelated, the season premiere of Breaking Bad was awesome! So pumped for the rest of the season.
 
 
 
what you're saying is you just didn't: Psych - I'm a geek damnitbohemu on July 24th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
....I associate names with a lot of geeky things, apparently.
I automatically think "white boy" with most of them. Except for David and Trevor, actually, which sound more bi-racial or minority-sounding to me, for whatever reason. Also Trevor = madman because of Trevor Fitzroy in Marvel comics, so anyone named Trevor is a little bit off. although I tend not to associate "white boy" with "douchey preppy bro" like some do. I've always loved Caleb but it also reminds me of The O.C. which then makes me hate it. Nick and Trevor sound much more Indiana Jones/Nathan Drake-y to me, while Nathan sounds more like a country club/golfer. Jamie works for slightly more feminine guys or "nice guys."

Adam also tends to be really archetypical because of the Bible, but I see it being more of a Scott Summers-leader who values his team/friends more than a "I lead, you follow" guy. Both Adam and Casey remind me of Chuck and/or the story of Casey Junior, too, so they're usually buff/muscle-y dudes with a bit of a tan.

Cole sounds the most doe-eyed and ginger-like, followed by Alec, who has freckles? But Alec also reminds me of Star Wars so I tend to see that as more of a full-on stereotypical nerd with glasses and covered in comic book references.

I didn't realize I cared so much about names? And I don't think it really matters when it comes to writing. I used to hate the name Harry and Edward and... now I have a reason to hate Edward, but Harry/Harold isn't as dweebish to me, anymore!
Alicia: Bret and Jemaine | {fotc}goodnightsong on July 27th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
Re: ....I associate names with a lot of geeky things, apparently.
Thank you so much for all your input! I love hearing about different interpretations people have on names. idk, I've just really been into names this year lol.

I think my only firm associations from the list have been for Nick (blonde dickweed basically) and Jason/Nathan, who I picture as strong, with Jason being maybe quiet and a troublemaker, where Nathan is social and popular, but they're good guys. I definitely see the same as you when it comes to Jamie and Trevor.

And good point about names in writing. I try to dabble in writing sometimes and I totally admit I can place too much thought and importance on names, even while the more I read, the more I realize the name doesn't mean everything. Harry being a good example for sure. It's a good idea to start opening oneself up to names outside of your favorites I guess lol.