TheLadders urges mothers to use nicknames for their kids.
Happy Mother’s Day! In celebration of all the hard-working mothers out there, we recently conducted a study to see if the names they choose for their children could have possibly dictated their future success in the workplace. First, we analyzed data around first names from TheLadders’ nearly 6 million members against variables such as industry, salary level, and location. We wanted to prove the null hypothesis that what your mother names you makes a difference.
Second, we populated a few lists, hoping they would generate some additional questions. We started by aggregating and sorting names that were at the top of each list:
Top five C-level names, by gender, in ratio to their overall frequency:
- Christine was the only name that showed up on both the top five C-level and highest paid lists
- The top 10, highest-paid, C-level executive names earn, on average, 10% more than other names
- The top 25 most-popular names make about $7,000 more, on average, than the rest of the list
- Females make, on average, 22% less than their male counterparts in all comparisons
This surprising trend of shorter names led us to look at nicknames, and test whether Williams truly make less money than Bills. We looked at every abbreviation and nickname we could identify; here is a summary of results in the “Nickname versus Proper Name” head-to-head death match (gold stars for the winners):
Thanks, Mom, for naming me Daniel but nicknaming me Dan. Happy Mother’s Day!