We would like to thank Eugene Mathes for his help in the collection of data and Elizabeth Smith for her help during the data analysis. We also would like to thank Martin Daly and three anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of the manuscript. Portions of this research were presented at the meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Santa Barbara, California, June-July 1995, and in a keynote address delivered at the Annual Congress of the Psychological Society of South Africa, Johannesburg, September 1996.
A Sociobiological Analysis of Namesaking Patterns in 322 American Families1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 32, Issue 4, pages 851–864, April 2002
How to Cite
McAndrew, F. T., King, J. C. and Honoroff, L. R. (2002), A Sociobiological Analysis of Namesaking Patterns in 322 American Families. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32: 851–864. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2002.tb00245.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
A study of the naming patterns used for 648 children in 322 American families provided mixed support for a number of hypotheses that are derived from the propositions that namesaking (the naming of a child after another person) functions as advertisement of genetic kinship when it may be in doubt and as a strategy to procure future investment of resources from the father and other relatives. Males and second-born children with older sisters were more likely to be namesaked, and birth order was a significant predictor of the probability of being namesaked for males. First-borns were more likely to be named after a patrilineal relative, but there was no tendency for children born early in a marriage to be namesaked more frequently than children born after many years of marriage. Parents who themselves were namesaked were more likely to namesake their own children.