Having a Simple & Easy-to-Pronounce Name is Better For Your Career, Study Suggests

A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology suggests that those with easier to pronounce names are more favored for job promotions and to be elected in political campaigns.

The study led by Simon Laham from the University of Melborne, set out to see if a name influences impression formation and if it affects decision making in the workplace or in elections.

The research team used data from 500 lawyers in the United States with a range of names from Asian, Anglo, and Western and Eastern European backgrounds.

The results were pretty interesting — click through to read:

The team analyzed data collected from lawyers who completed information regarding their workplace, their jobs. The researches also created a mock ballot experiment to test the researchers theory on how names may influence in the political context as well.

The study found that lawyers with more pronounceable names were promoted quicker to superior positions in their firm over those with names harder to pronounce. The data collected from their mock election also showed the same result of those with easier names were ‘elected’ more so then their counterparts. According to the researcher, this result was driven by the name’s ease of pronunciation, not its length or cultural origins.

:: Now I ask you, do you worry about your child’s name for the future? Did you/will you take this into consideration? ::


Photo credit: Devan McGuinness
Source: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

Article Posted 5 years Ago

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