Want Your Kid to Be a CEO? Name Them Peter. Want Them to Be a Cop? Name Them Billy

Future CEO or Future Cop? Does it Depend on the Name?

You can’t judge a book by its’ cover and you can’t judge a person’s career based on their name… or can you? Checking out a slew of statistics, the popular networking site Linkedin has apparently found a trend in names and what kind of careers those people with said names go into.

They used data from the 100 million or so profiles on their site and made a correlation from first name to jobs. This just makes the baby naming process even more stressful! So what names are destined for CEO-dom and which ones lead to careers in law enforcement or athletics?

Here is what they found via their informal study:

Top CEO Names:
1) Peter
2) Bob
3) Jack
4) Bruce
5) Fred
6) Bill
7) Ron
8) Christian
9) Alexander
10) Don


1) Deborah
2) Sally
3) Debra
4) Cynthia
5) Carolyn
6) Pamela
7) Ann
8) Cheryl
9) Linda
10)  Janet

For  Law Enforcement they found the names Billy, Darrell, Pete, Rodney and Troy were popular. For Human Resources the names Emma, Katie, Claire, Jennifer, and Natalie were big. And for athletics, the names Ryan, Matt, Jessica, Matthew and Jason were common.

There are also some other things they noticed.

Short, four-letter names are even more popular in sales (Chip, Trey) but not in engineering (Rajesh) or the restaurant industry, where the top over-represented names are Thierry, Philippe and Laurent.

Monosyllabic CEO names are also not necessarily popular in all countries here are the top over-represented CEO names across the globe:

Do you think a person’s name has anything to do with what kind of career they’ll go into? And in naming your child, did you take their future career path in to consideration?

Photo: Flickr ElisaVarelaT

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