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posted by martyb on Wednesday May 07 2014, @02:47PM   Printer-friendly
from the John-J-J-Schmidt dept.

In light of two recent studies, expecting parents might consider doing a little social engineering when naming their children. New evidence suggests if you're trying to convey intelligence the more middle initials in your name, the smarter people will assume you to be.

Also, if you want to be trusted more, use a first name that everyone can pronounce. That effect seems to be in line with another study (not peer-reviewed) indicating short first names correlate with higher earnings.

Perhaps one should combine the two and just use initials for all but the surname, like J.P. Morgan?

 
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07 2014, @05:26PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07 2014, @05:26PM (#40602)

    One of my Mother's school classmates was "R B" No names, just initials. He got sent to Vietnam, and when he signed up it was a R(only) B(only). Now, many years later, he still can't convince anyone official he's not Mr Ronly Bonly.

  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Wednesday May 07 2014, @06:31PM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 07 2014, @06:31PM (#40617) Journal

    Military forced my wife's dad to sign with Firstname, NMI, Lastname because he only was given two names.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 08 2014, @01:38AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 08 2014, @01:38AM (#40782)

    Comedian Henry Cho tells a similar story about a school chum.
    Jonly Bonly [google.com]

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