Sex Roles

, Volume 12, Issue 7–8, pp 723–729 | Cite as

The effect of first names on perceptions of female attractiveness

  • Wayne E. Hensley
  • Barbara A. Spencer


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.


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wayne E. Hensley
    • 1
  • Barbara A. Spencer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Communication StudiesVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg

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