Why is it that every Amber on TV or in other media is either a cheerleader, masseuse, or stripper? The perception of Ambers seems to be that we're pretty, vapid, sweet cheerleader/call-girl types, much like Tiffany Amber Thiessen--"Kelly Kapowski" on Saved by the Bell. (Who, by the way became famous by winning Teen Magazine's Great Model Search, and who has since then, sensibly, dropped the "Amber" from her name.)
Some guy once said in regard to my name, "You sound like a German supermodel." Score! I guess that's better than a German stripper, but still. The Ambers of the world are facing name discrimination. I'm pretty sure there are several promotions I didn't receive that went to "Elinors" and "Maudes" instead.
The authors of Freakonomics would say it's because of the socio-economic status of the parents. Names filter through the ranks of society. First Amber is the name of a wealthy, highly-educated family. Then a decade later, a middle class, highly-educated family. And on and on, until it reaches the trailer park. When I was named Amber, it was at a time that indicated that my parents were well educated middle-class. But it's apparently now in the soft arms of friendly escort women.
It's really OK. I suppose I'd prefer to be an Amber or Krissy or Heather than some stodgy and uptight Prudence. But just you wait all you "Madisons" and "Emmas," you'll be seen as simple call-girls soon too.