David Myers

Do Noble Names Enable Valued Vocations?

Blog Post created by David Myers Expert on Jul 19, 2016

Originally posted on April 10, 2014.


A footnote to the name-vocation analyses:  Who would you rather hire for a managerial (rather than employee) role—John Knight or George Cook?  Jill Prince or Judy Shepherd?  David King or Donald Farmer? Helen Duke or Hazel Baker?

Raphael Silberzahn and Eric Luis Uhlmann studied nearly a quarter million German names corresponding to high and lower status occupations, such as Kȍnig (King) and Koch (cook).  Those with names linked with high status occupations were modestly more often appointed to high status roles.  Silberzahn and Uhlmann  speculate that the name association may have made those with high status names seem more worthy.

As former U.S. President Jimmy Carter famously said, “Life isn’t fair."