So why does my brain have such trouble with names? Is it because I'm not associating them with an emotion, or is there some rationale for the way it's working?
For me, the priority seems to be:
Boys name or Girls name
Number of Letters
Number of Syllables
Specific letters in the name
and then I lose track of what my brain's doing from there. So if I were to build a catalog of names to make it easier to recall one, I would start from there.
Girl>4 letters>Two syllables>ends in a vowel
Tara, Sara, Olga, Lisa, Tina, Gina, Emma, Kara,
closely associated with
Amy, Stacy, Lacy, etc.