Think of names of people you know well, or at least those you’ve been around long enough to form a good impression of them.
Think of the ones who share a first name, not a nickname but a real given name. Diminutives do count, like Bill, Mike, Jim, Bob. You can even combine those diminutives for the same name: Bill, Will, Billy, Willie, etc.
Now of the people you know:
Which name best fits the folks you know who share the name? That is, when somebody mentions that name it brings up those people about equally well, and none of them seem to be far removed from the connotations of that name. They all seem to have the traits that name suggests to you.
Which name has the widest variety of types? If that name is mentioned you just don’t get a good solid impression. No clues as to what the person is really like.
For me, the name Mike conjures up good strong masculine qualities. A reliable person. Fun guy. I’m pretty sure I will like a Mike.
For me, Kathy (and its variants) runs all across the map. Fat, skinny, pretty, ugly, sweet, mean, kind, bitch. I get no good clue from that name. I’m usually a little shocked when I meet a Kathy and learn that’s her name. I’ll ask if she has a nickname or if I can call her something else.
How about you?
Does any one name stand out as applying equally well to everybody you know with that name?
What one name would you hate to have for your own?