Names are important. We get angry when our names are pronounced incorrectly by people. We want to see our names in lights. We want to change our names if we feel they don’t suit us. We can spend months deliberating over the right name for our children. Some religions used to stone their followers to death if they spoke their god’s name. Many years ago people believed that spirits and demons could be called if we only knew their names and recited it three times. Some urban legends still state that saying a certain killer’s name several times into a mirror will summon their spirit behind you and that the spirit will kill you.
Why do we (members of a supposedly civilised species) hold so much importance in a simple word? Surely our worth as people is measured as the sum of our actions and how those actions affect others, so what’s in a name? Well, quite a lot according to some recent studies.
I’ve always said that names can affect the sort of person you become. The theory is sound – basically, a Jack is more likely to become socially well adjusted than a Cecil, due to the way they get treated in life because of their names. And now it appears that science agrees with me.
This is a table showing the names most associated with attractiveness, luck and success. So if you’re a Sophie or a Ryan, you can be safe in the knowledge that the world thinks you’re more attractive usually. Jack and Lucy are apparently more lucky than most which could also explain why Jack has a better time than Cecil. James and Elizabeth wont read this article cause they’re far too busy being successful. How about you? Can you see your name on the list and does it work for you or someone you know?
I’m happy to report that “Michael” (basically my own name despite a drunken mother’s crappy spelling) is one of the few names to appear on all three lists meaning that I’m one of the more lucky, attractive and successful people around.
See, told you I’m great.