It is stressful as parents to hold the responsibility of naming a child. We all want our children to grow up to be successful and happy. Aspirations float through our heads, such as “will they be the next President?” or “Will they be a successful CEO of their own company?”
Many studies have shown the power of a first name, and how it can reflect in a career. There has been a huge surge in parents using unusual or more uncommon names. While some of these names can help children stand out, some unusual names have proven to be more detrimental to a child’s success.
Business Insider wrote an article that highlights some research into ways your name affects your success. Some of these ways include:
- If your name is easy to pronounce, people will favor you more.
- If your name is common, you’re more likely to be hired.
- Uncommon names have been linked to juvenile delinquency.
- If you are a boy with a girl's name, you could be more likely to be suspended from school.
- If you are a woman with a gender-neutral name, you may be more likely to succeed in certain fields.
- If your name sounds noble, you are more likely to work in a high-ranking position.
- Men with shorter first names are overrepresented in the “C-suite,” also known as the top-level executives in a corporation.
Let’s look at a list of 12 names that can help a child achieve long-term success.
12 Jane or Jack
Some parents prefer longer and more complicated names for the way they sound, and because they may exude more femininity or masculinity. Simple and easy-to-pronounce names like Jane (for a girl) and Jack (for a boy) might propel them into success, as a New York University Study found. People with these types of names often hold higher-status positions at work.
This is a girl’s name that exploded into popularity during the 1970’s. Because of that, there are many Jennifer’s that hold executive positions in companies. Jennifer is still a common name today, but it is not as popular as it once was. This commonality thing may get you thinking it’s not so bad to choose a name from the “most popular baby name” list.
This is a common boy's name that gained popularity about 50 years ago. The name Steven is held by many CEOs and top management professionals. It is no surprise that it was also the name of Apple’s CEO, and pop culture icon, Steve Jobs. ‘S’ is for Steven, but also for success.
This is a vintage name that is coming back. Parents are bringing Owen back because “old-school” names sound regal and professional. Owen is actually a Celtic name that means “young warrior.” When you think of it that way, power and success will surely follow.
Here is another vintage name, but this time for a girl. Charlotte is actually the feminine form of the boy’s name, Charles. It was used in the Royal family and was the name of many Queens in England over the years. This name conjures respect, but also nostalgia for people who grew up with E.B. White’s childhood classic Charlotte’s Web.
The name William has gone back centuries in English royalty and is still here today with Prince William. Because of its heritage and links to royalty, William is a name that people subconsciously respect and follow. Therefore, it is a name that parents give their child to ensure future success.
This name has Scottish origins meaning “defender of the people” and is a noble name for boys. And as stated above from Business Insider, it was found that people with noble-sounding names are more likely to work in high-ranking positions.
While this name can be for a boy or a girl, you may want to keep it in mind as a feminine name. Studies show that this gender-neutral name is connected to women succeeding in fields such as engineering and law. Gender-neutral names like Leslie have been found to garner more success when used for girls versus boys.
If you’re into a less-common name that still exudes success, Nora could be your perfect girl’s name. It is also the name of famous singer and songwriter, Norah Jones. It is a stylish and elegant girl’s name that is easy on the ears. It is also a girl’s name that can’t be shortened. Women who hold CEO and executive positions tend to use their full name and keep it that way, rather than a shortened version. A LinkedIn study found that full names project more professionalism for women. Since Nora can’t be shortened, there is no misunderstanding with this one.
A traditional name that has been around for a long time, Robert was a name brought to Britain by the Normans. It is said to mean “bright fame.” Robert can be shortened to Rob or Bob, which is something top male CEOs and executives like to do. It give a sense of friendliness and openness, according to Business Insider.
Looking for a mighty-sounding name for your child? Vincent has an assertive sound and has been listed as a sophisticated name for a boy. It originates from the Latin name Vincentius, which means "conquering." From its origin, it sounds like a pretty forceful name, but in the 21st century, it relates more to descriptors such as strong-willed and passionate.
If success for your child means going into the sciences, one of the top names for female scientists is Susan. Some names have been studied to see if they correlate with high intellectual achievement, and Susan is one of those names. So, if you want your child to carry on the nerdy family tradition, this might be the perfect name for your little girl. Hey, nerds are cool now.