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Sex Roles

, Volume 12, Issue 7, pp 723-729

The effect of first names on perceptions of female attractiveness

  • Wayne E. HensleyAffiliated withDepartment of Communication Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • , Barbara A. SpencerAffiliated withDepartment of Communication Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Abstract

The effect of a female's first name on subsequent judgments of her attractiveness was investigated via a Latin square design. The results indicated that the impact of a desirable or undesirable first name on attractiveness is minimal—less than 1% of the explained variance. These results appear to be a consistent extension of earlier findings on the impact of first names.