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Name That Dream Job

Name That Dream Job

Ask Lord Brain the Neurologist or Chris Wall the rock-climbing coach, and they'll tell you surnames can predict your dream job.
When surnames first came into existence about 1,000 years ago, they commonly denoted a person's occupation; a John Miller ground wheat, Jim Taylor made clothes and Frank Shoemaker worked at Ye Olde Footlocker. Nowadays the idea of your career matching your name might seem a little silly or outdated, but psychologists say having an unusual last name could still draw you towards your dream job.

"It's on your mind so much," Lewis Lipsitt, a professor emeritus from Brown University who has encountered a Mr. Hawkes from the Audubon Society and a Professor Fiddler from the university's music department, told the Rocky Mountain News. "You're attracted to develop the idea of the word. It's quite explainable that you could go into an occupation that is related to the nature of the name."

So, Ms. Draper, dust off that interior design book, and Mr. Rice, it's never too late for culinary school. Here are some famous aptronyms:

Usain Bolt, Jamaican Olympic sprinter
George McGovern, U.S. Presidential Candidate
Anna Smashnova, tennis player
Lord Brain, neurologist

Let's play a game: If you had to match your name to your career, what would you be doing?

Posted: 12/1/08
LauraLee311

Hahahaha, oh boy, this doesn't bode well for me, I'd most likely be in the adult entertainment industry.

VictoriaB

I'm 'little white" or 'little white one' and nothing is really coming to mind for that. the little part is accurate (height-wise).

runnindownadream

Ha Ha! I would be a professional cool person.

LMAYO9

Hmm...I guess I would be making mayonaise?

  • By LMAYO9
  • on 12/1/08 12:30 PM EST