While a famous surname can take you far, your first name has no influence over your potential future earnings or success. If it did, the world would undoubtedly be filled with Bills, Jeffs and Warrens.
According to the Office for National Statistics, it isn’t.
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- January 25, 2017
The UK’s national statistical institute has recently released their list of of the most popular baby names of 2016. This data is compiled using the birth registrations of all children born in the UK.
Oliver, Harry, George, Jack and Jacob top the list this year. Harrison, Logan, Finn and Kai have also been popular.
However, if you’re looking for a name that screams rich and powerful, there are plenty of popular CEO names that have appeared on this year’s list.
The 10 most popular CEO baby names
Comparing the top 50 boys names on the Office of National Statistics’ list to notable company CEOs found over on Wikipedia, we have found the most popular CEO baby names of the year:
David – 7 CEOs, 43rd most popular name
David J. Lesar (Halliburton), David M. Cote (Honeywell), David Gill (Manchester United), David C. Novak (Pizza Hut), David S. Taylor (Procter & Gamble), David Simon (Simon Property Group), David Thodey (Telstra)
James – 6 CEOs, 12th most popular name
James E. Thompson (Crown Worldwide Group), James Dimon (JP Morgan Chase), James P. Gorman (Morgan Stanley), James Goodnight (SAS Institute), James J. Greco (Sbarro), James M. Wells III (SunTrust Banks Inc.)
Thomas – 2 CEOs, 9th most popular name
Tom Enders (EADS), Tom L. Ward (SandRidge Energy)
William – 2 CEOs, 11th most popular name
William Stromberg (T. Rowe Price), William R. Klesse (Valero Energy Corporation),
Jack – 1 CEO, 4th most popular name
Jack Dorsey (Twitter)
Henry – 1 CEO, 15th most popular name
Henry McKinnell (Pfizer)
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Isaac – 1 CEO, 20th most popular name
Isaac Larian (MGA Entertainment)
Joseph – 1 CEO, 22nd most popular name
Joseph R. Swedish (Anthem Inc.)
Daniel – 1 CEO, 28th most popular name
Daniel Vasella (Novartis)
Benjamin – 1 CEO, 33rd most popular name
Ben van Beurden (Royal Dutch Shell)
Of course, there are few one-year-olds with the skill set to run a major corporation, so it comes as little surprise that so few CEOs have names that are currently popular.
However, its only so long before Teddy, Jenson and Felix are leading the business world.
Mark was in the top ten when Mark Zuckerberg was born. Jeff was in the top 50 during Jeff Bezos’ birth decade. Elon, however, is a rare anomaly – or one for the future, perhaps.