The Last Name Has an Impact on Your Career

25. October 2013

If you want to be successful in professional life, you should consider a few things. On the one hand the Internet offers many opportunities to successfully market yourself and gain the trust of potential new employers and recruiters. On the other hand the mere product is your own person along with your strengths, interests, and motivation that has to be sold in professional life. Furthermore, it is certainly not a disadvantage to have a thoughtful and sustainable self-marketing in order to push your career.

So much for the best of cases. However, the reality is often somewhat different and there are many causes for your professional stagnation or why you haven’t been given the job. In some cases, it is not your fault (e.g. your person or serious blunders in your application).  Sometimes, it is just the name – both positive and negative.

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Different studies show how last names have an impact on the career. People with noble-sounding names more often hold managerial positions than those with rather common last names. Is it really the case that careers depend on such irrational decisions? Can we really be influenced this way without realizing it?

This statement is based on a study that evaluated more than 200,000 business profiles with different last names. The study found out that noble-sounding names were more likely to be found in higher positions than names that sound more like a craft.

Another study supports a different surprising theory. It says that people with names that are easier to pronounce are more likely to have a rapid career within a short time than those with complicated names, because if it is difficult to pronounce it must be risky.

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72 Comments on “The Last Name Has an Impact on Your Career”

  1. ashutosh kaushal says:

    EITHER NAMEK OR SURNAME DESN’T MATTER. ONLY WORK & WORKING STYLE PLUS EFFICIENCY PAYS ANY PERSON . AS SHAKESPERE SAID WHAT IS THERE IN NAME. ROSE WILL REMAIN ROSE. AS ITS LOOKS GOOP ND SPREADS SMELL. & NAME
    SO A PERSON GETS FAME & NAME BY HIS WORK ONLY

  2. Shaheen Shehla Siddique says:

    As in my country Pakistan we have very similar last names, so what I think is the profession and activities of a person matters a lot. When we search for best doctors of Pakistan, we do not search by their last names as we do not know who r the best doctors and that is the reason we are searching for guidance .Similarly, if any foreigner who wants to know the art galleries of Karachi Pakistan , he will search art galleries, not by any last name. Same is the case with artists, poets, art galleries etc.

  3. Yanal Sago says:

    Name or surname is not important in real life,what is important is the real education in this world and hereafter(Resurrection).

  4. Saranya Natarajan says:

    If you go to work, then it may matter. What if you are the boss??????

  5. Teo - Wellness Coach says:

    I wonder i my last name Seifer is a risky one or not to pronounce. Sure its not easy living in Argentina as Im argentinian or even worse in Brasil were I chose to relocate this year.

    What I did is change my name from from a 7 letter to a 3 letter nickname TEO.

    cheers
    T

  6. Sangherra says:

    Only narrow minded people think in this way, That your name affects the possibility of affecting your career or even being accept by others, lets call it a type of contrived racism and this could only be put together by the same narrow minded individuals who are running this stupid theory.

  7. Aberta Rental says:

    I thing the important thing not about name, but about your attitude :)

  8. Mimi says:

    I see it’s all the people with non-Anglo surnames who ae saying it doesn’t matter. One poster could not even spell “Shakespeare” correctly. As a poster with a Cetic surname, I believe surnames DO matter, as do made-up first names.

  9. Theodore says:

    This could be partially true, but also it is known that – as our commentor clleague from the above said – hard work, seriousity could make a reputation,a mark, a brand from your name!

  10. james choudhury says:

    name which is popular in friend circle should be the best one, whether it is first,middle…………or the last.

  11. KKT Nair says:

    Sur Name also matter, helps to find a person by name but of course glory goes to what he is finally.

  12. KKT Nair says:

    No. No name got any impact on carrier. But in Indian politics if you got a surname Gandhi, chance is more to get prime minister chair.Other wise nowhere name is great

  13. Thomas Nash says:

    In some cases, yes that works, as mentioned by KKT nair in above comment, in India Politics it works with Gandhi surname. But not in every country i believe.

  14. Andrew Mathias says:

    Sometimes name has impact, Europe tourists like to deal with similar names in destinations. Example Travel Company Director in Tanzania with common name can attract tourists for kilimanjaro climbing and wildlife safari tours

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  16. nisar kaka says:

    the above comment are actually right
    but if we born in municipality hospital or some wear that we don’t have family address than its not important nor efficient none necessary
    but if we are from strong family and have good knowledge and nice attitude than 100% foully necessary to force pplz to call us bye our last name

  17. Shawna Rose-Marone says:

    Living out here in San Diego, California I would agree. My husband and I own a local business and many times because I carry my surname as well as my married name , I am referenced to as owner even though , we both are considered the owners. Another great posting by Florian Schütz

  18. nisar kakar says:

    actually my last name is Nisar kakar
    not kaka i forgot on latter of me last name you gys can compleat it by one (r) thanks

  19. Ylva Moyna says:

    Actually, what I know is, a person’s name has really an impact on how others perceive him. Our last names has a better profound impact. I agree, that noble names are more noticeable and more inclined to be successful than ordinary ones. But, Others say that our perseverance and determination can also lift up our careers without having a well known names either. However,it is still an advantage to have our own self marketing to add a boost in our career.

  20. Samuel Deme says:

    There is power in last names. Some people with complicated names have adopted some names that are easy to pronounce. These include famous footballers. Let us not ignore this piece of advice. We can only do so at our own peril. Those with complicated names are better advised to adopt other names that are not complicated.

  21. Yanal Sago says:

    Man will be witness against himself,as his body parts (skin,hands,legs,etc.)will speak about his deeds,and Nothing important with his name or surname.

  22. Brytol says:

    I will consider this. Thank you very much.

  23. Chudi says:

    Enter the motor, not minding what is written on the body! How many times have we refused to patronize a bus or a cab driver because of some funny names on the body of the vehicle?
    I think this is a poor man’s mentality. Good names are important with regard to strong character and attitude. What about being a boss as rightly asked by one conversationalists.
    Chudi.

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  25. Frederick D Boaz Chaudhry says:

    Well,I have experienced impact on some names not all.
    However, sometimes you are to have a very nice sounding names first, middle, last, yet you are not even hand to mouth. In other cases a rigid type of name brings much more fortune. So it is like to practice, education, behavior and or family back grounds.

  26. Kedam says:

    Tell about me

  27. Brytol says:

    I did not know that my last name matters

  28. Yanal Sago says:

    Keep your promise,because it is truly responsibility.and your personality,because it is subject to your name if you care.

  29. Miroslav Krzak says:

    Are Eisenhower, Carter, Kissinger, Einstein, Soros, Sarkozy, Tesla, Gate, Obama,Reagan,Jeanplong noble-sounding names? If they are, what for?

  30. En Ucuz Hizmet says:

    Why & When? I didn’t know…

  31. C.Halil Özdemir says:

    That is a last name project.

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  34. WILLIAMSJI MAVELI says:

    Last name is my family name and it is a well known family name in Kerala state in India.
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  35. Marian says:

    People with noble-sounding names probably went to Eton and that’s how they go straight to the top of the ladder.

  36. saniadamu says:

    How do u do?

  37. Indo Swiss/Britt says:

    Here in Switzerland they are very stereotyping when applicants apply for a job, so therefore if you have foreign sounding name your chances are low in obtaining a job, I have experience this level of what would describe as racism and it is worrying.

  38. ko hein says:

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  39. ko hein says:

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  46. sushil says:

    in india ,especially in north by name u can make an understanding about the nature of person ,name also allow you to get respect.
    like aditya- always winner.
    sushil- soft in nature and kind enough
    vinod- be a cheerful person

    name play a important role in make people behaviour according to name.

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  48. Jane says:

    Wow, nice and interesting topic may be we must have to interchange our thoughts

  49. Allah Bakhsh says:

    Wow, nice and interesting topic may be we must have to interchange our thoughts

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  61. JOHN MANTOVA says:

    My name is regarded by most people as curious ur interesting but it never held back my career no matter which job I did. I always got promoted which I think was due to what i was told is my Leadership Quality so the name did not matter for me. Thanks J. Mantova

  62. agubamah says:

    wao, lets all answer noble-sounding names nd where do we all end up?

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  65. Naeem Khan says:

    Last name is important, like brand name. Its very important for your identity.

    Naeem Khan
    Karachi

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  69. Jamshed Hussain says:

    The searching names is a good idea. I like this.

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