And no, hyphenating isn’t the answer.
On a scale of one to sexy, how would you rate the name Scarlett? The sexiest of course, well according to a recent report, that is. Popular blog, Baby Name Wizard conducted a five-year study that asked users to choose and rate among 40,000 names the ones they found most alluring – and it seems, ladies, that Scarlett tops the list.
Scarlett came in at number one, with Nicolette, Natalia and Anais following, while Gertrude, Bertha and Agnes topped the least sexy list. For the lads, (queue tongue roll) Allessandro was voted the sexiest name in the world, while Lorenzo, Rhett and Romeo trailed. For all the Bobs, Ernests and Normans out there, the study revealed you were the less likely to ignite a fire in someone’s heart by coming in last on the sexy scale. Chin up, fellas!
So what’s in a name and why does it make you so much more darn sexier? “More than half the names on the sexy lists end in the classic gender markers o and a,” founder Lauren Wattenberg wrote on her blog. She also noted that doubled letters seemed to amp up a names sex appeal, such as Giuliana and Dimitri which both made the sexy cut.
A prominent trend amongst the popular names was their French and Italian origin, which Wattenberg said is because they are associated with romance: “That romantic image goes back not just to film heartthrobs like Fernando Lamas and Rudolph Valentino, but all the way back to Shakespeare.”
And as for why a name didn’t have a sexy ring came down to it being old and boring, put quite simply. Most of the names on the unsexy list had their peak in the late 1800s and today lacked excitement, wrote Lauren. “The names are all plain-spoken with heavy sounds,” she said.
Now before you go to extremes and change your name, keep in mind the results are based on ratings from from Namipedia visitors, the majority of who were female. “It’s certainly possible that an all-male panel would choose differently,” wrote Wattenberg.
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