Monthly Archives: April 2005

The name is Lane, Loser Lane.

A Roshanda by Any Other Name – How do babies with super-black names fare? By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner:

…in 1958, a New York City father named Robert Lane decided to call his baby son Winner… Three years later, the Lanes had another baby boy, their seventh and last child. For reasons that no one can quite pin down today, Robert decided to name this boy Loser. Robert wasn’t unhappy about the new baby; he just seemed to get a kick out of the name’s bookend effect. First a Winner, now a Loser. But if Winner Lane could hardly be expected to fail, could Loser Lane possibly succeed?