What’s in a name? The daunting task that faces expectant parents of naming a child has far-reaching consequences, according to sociologists. This week, online networking site LinkedIn released the most popular names among chief executives throughout the globe, and if you’re named Peter, you may want to take notice.
This week, LinkedIn said it went through mountains of data of its 100 million users to find what the most common names are for chief executives, and divided them into both male and female categories. According to LinkedIn, the most popular CEO names for men are (in order): Peter, Bob, Jack, Bruce, Fred, Bill, Ron, Christian, Alexander and Don.
For women, the most popular names among chief executives are (in order) Deborah, Sally, Debra, Cynthia, Carolyn, Pamela, Ann, Cheryl, Linda and Janet.
Among men, the most common names are all one- or two-syllable names, excluding Alexander; for the women, the names are all under three syllables and are fairly common. According to Dr. Frank Nuessel, a linguist, shorter names often convey friendliness and openness. Dr. Nuessel told Time Magazine that conversely, female executives may go by their full names to project a more professional image.
Clearly, the parents of chief executives favor common, boring names.