Are you a Jacqueline or a Steven? Success awaits you...
‘What’s in a name?’ a woman called Juliet once asked. Well, quite a lot apparently, enough to make or break you when it comes to whether or not you’re a success in life.
Albert Mehrabian, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California has written a book called The Baby Name Report Card: Beneficial and Harmful Baby Names, in which he delved into the best and worst names you can give your child.
The book looks at how a name is judged depending on other peoples’ perceptions, and then ranks how successful, masculine/feminine, ethical, caring, popular and fun they seemed.
… OK, we’re listening…
The most successful girls’ names are:
Meanwhile, the most successful boys’ names are:
Interesting that the tenth place on both the lists are Madeleine and Madison…
And for every successful name there has to be an unsuccessful counterpart – such is life. So if you live by lists and other peoples’ opinions, you might want to swerve these names.
These are the least successful girl’s names:
The motto of the story is you’re allowed to be called Susan, but don’t you dare shorten it. Also – someone find us a Weeza and make her be our friend.
The least successful boy’s names are as follows:
We imagine that Phonso is having too much fun being called Phonso to care that he isn’t a success. Phun Time Phonso, he calls himself – probably.