Why Do Parents Mix Up Their Kids' Names?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_9a00e4fc11.jpgJupiterimages/Thinkstock (AUSTIN, Texas) -- Often in haste, parents will call their kids by the wrong name. While children might feel a little put out by the mistake, neither they nor their folks should read too much into it, according to Zenzi Griffin, professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, who chalks it up to a blip in the brain's information-retrieval process.

Griffin says that the problem can be often attributed to parents giving their kids like-sounding names, either those starting with the same letters or perhaps ones that sort of rhyme.

After conducting a survey of over 330 people with one or more sibling, it was those who shared initials or similar final sounds whose names were mixed up more often. Thus, if you’re a Mike with a sister name Maya or an Emma with a brother named Noah, be prepared for some confusion.

However, those with the lowest incidence of mistaken names were first-born kids, essentially because their names are repeated more often than any other child.

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