On Feb. 11, the Guardian published names that correlated with certain occupations. While the data collected was limited to FTSE company board members, staff and UK prisoners, there were certain patterns that emerged which were also found with baby names in the United States.
U.S. successful names
According to the baby name expert Albert Mehrabian, Ph.D., the male name Michael predominates the CEO positions in America. Closely behind is David, John, Robert and Mark.
Michael held the top spots for popularity from 1961 to 1998 so it's no surprise it happens to be popular in the CEO business world. Similarly, the top five names given to UK board directors are John, David, Michael, Andrew and Peter, with the most popular name for doctors being Mohammad.
The top female names for CEO positions are Lisa, Karen, Susan, Amy and Jennifer. The name Lisa was briefly popular in the 1960s and 1970s, unlike the name Michael which held the popular status for decades. The discrepancy of popular baby names by gender in the corporate world is interesting and may fall within the 'glass ceiling' theory.
Popular given names (first names) may have an influence on how people are treated, leading to how people perceive themselves. Unfortunately, children given unusual names or lexical names that can be misconstrued by immature children can lead to bullying.
The theory is this bullying can lower a person's self confidence leading to problems in the business world later in life.
Do you believe your given name held you back in the business world?
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