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15th May 2024

People with these ‘powerhouse names’ are more likely to be successful, according to science

Sophie Collins


Who knew that names could have such an impact on your child’s future? 

According to some intriguing research from UCLA, the names you choose for your little ones might just set them up for success – at least in the eyes of others!

Professor Albert Mehrabian from UCLA has uncovered a fascinating phenomenon: certain names carry an inherent aura of success. 

In his quest to reveal the secrets of nomenclature, he’s identified 20 powerhouse names that can instantly make people sit up and take notice.

Now, before you rush to legally change your name to one of these magic monikers, let’s dive into the methodology. 

Mehrabian conducted several studies involving over 2,000 participants and nearly 3,000 names. 

The goal? To pinpoint names that exuded qualities like ambition, intelligence, confidence, and creativity.

But success isn’t the only dimension at play here. Mehrabian also considered traits like ethics, popularity, and gender association.

So, what are these golden names that can apparently pave the way to triumph? Drumroll, please…

For the girls:

  • Jacqueline
  • Morgan
  • Elizabeth
  • Katherine
  • Victoria
  • Lauraine
  • Susan
  • Catherine
  • Kate
  • Madeleine

And for the boys:

  • Steven
  • Ross
  • Christopher
  • James
  • Robert
  • David
  • Kenneth
  • Parker
  • Thomas
  • Madison

While it’s tempting to rush out and give one of these names on your newborn, remember, there’s more to naming than meets the eye.

After all, a name is just one piece of the puzzle in shaping your child’s future. 

But hey, if a little boost in perceived success can’t hurt, why not give it a shot? 

Who knows, maybe your little Jacqueline or Steven will grow up to conquer the world – one introduction at a time!