Age Specific Names-When I see some names I assume they don't have much longer to live. These include: Hazel, Delores, Mildred, Ethel, Lucille, Blanche, and Harriet. Men's names in this category are Delbert, Gene, Montgomery, Frank, Humphrey, Cecil, Stanley, and Herbert. It's rare to find people with these names today who are under 70. On the other end of the spectrum, if your name is Sonic, Gunner, Jax, Britney, Madison, Jessica, or Ashley, you are probably under 25 and your parents are under 40.
The Artsy Parent aka Child Abuse-If your name is Apple, Moon Unit, Fifi Trixibelle, or Jermajesty then you probably had a famous parent who was a musician or an actor who was so busy with their career they couldn't take the time to give you a decent name. For a while I was tempted to name a child Lazar Wolf from Fiddler on the Roof because I've always thought that was a cool name. I couldn't get my wife to go along with it, but I'm sure if I was a celebrity I could have pulled it off.
Ethnic Names-If you had a name like Shenequa, Ashanti, DeShawn, Tyrone, or Jamal many people would assume you were African American. Others would assume Hispanic descent with names like Jose, Jesus, Eduardo, or Guadalupe. Before anyone accuses me of being racist I'll have you know that I named one of my daughters Carmen.
Biblical Names-These are quite common. I named three of my boys Bible names. David, Joshua and Thomas. Some of the Old Testament names have more of a hard core staunch religious connotation associated with them like Isaiah, Obadiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. I have never come across a Jezebel or Bathsheba yet but I'm sure there are some out there.
The Unique Names-I've seen Shaunathon, Cobbart, Zarson, Tarek, Jypsie, Tahana, and Bluze. I'm kind of guilty with this one. I named my youngest daughter Chamane. Some people also get weird with the spelling of their name. I'm sorry but there should not be 9 different ways to spell Amy. Some people go nuts with adding extra E's and using silent letters just so their normal name can be different.
The Androgynous Names-Please don't take offense with this one. I know men and women who are respectively masculine or feminine but they have a unisex name. Some of these names are Chris, Robin, Cory, Jo, Pat, Jordan, Taylor, Terry, and Jamie. These names can be tricky when you are calling someone back who you have never met and are unsure of their gender.
The Changed Names-Many celebrities have changed their birth name. I can understand why Alphonso D'Abruzzo, Issur Danielovitch and Marion Mitchell Morrison changed their names to Alan Alda, Kirk Douglas and John Wayne. I guess when it comes to movie star names and syllables, less is more. It comforting to know that if your last name is Shue and your parents name you Jim you can always do something about it down the road. If you are unhappy with your name, you should just be grateful that your parents didn't name you Lazar Wolf.