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Something Different - August 2018

What's In a Name?

Nominative Determinism: Yes, That's My Real Name

Surnames are thought to have been derived from a person’s profession, but could it actually have been the other way around? Nominative Determinism is the theory that a person’s name has some bearing on the career path they choose. Scientific pattern or mere coincidence, the theory is entertaining at the very least. Here are some of our favorite examples.

Usain Bolt is a retired Jamaican sprinter and world record holder.

William Wordsworth was a poet and Jules Angst was a psychiatrist, obviously.

Sarah Blizzard and Amy Freeze are television meteorologists.

Thomas Crapper was a sanitary engineer.

But it doesn’t get any better than Sue Yoo, a New York attorney.