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Baby names: here’s how much salary a name could earn

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

If you and your partner are unsure of what to call your baby, this recent study could help you decide.

Social scientists believe your name can influence your personality, other’s perceptions of you and even your physical appearance.

But what about how much you earn?

The Knowledge Academy, a body of education and training specialists, has looked into just this. And it’s good news for every Oscar and Lily out there.

For boys, those named Oscar will scoop the largest salary, at £37,786. In second place, just, is George (£37,342). While coming in third is Oliver, the UK’s number one boys’ name, at £35,536. Unfortunately, those named Jack (£29,738), Jacob (£30,233) and Muhammad (£31,760) will face a considerable pay cut in comparison. Yet they still fair better than 90% of those featured in the girls list.

For girls, those named Lily will pocket the most money with £30,821. Followed by Isabella (28,935) and Ella (£28,623.) Though unlike the number one boys’ name in the UK, those with the UK’s number one girls name, Olivia, earn the least on the list at just £26,011. Just above Olivia are Jessica (£26,342) and Mia (£26, 981).

To conduct the study, The Knowledge Academy used Adzuna’s ValueMyCV tool, which included data from over 500,000 CVs. From this they were able to extract first names and salaries, allowing them to conclude an average salary for 1,200 first names.

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The top 10 top-earning names for boys and girls

The study also revealed that those who have more than one initial in their name are perceived as more accomplished. Psychologists Wijnand AP Van Tilburg and Eric R Igor explained that “middle-name initials often appear in formal contexts, especially when people refer to intellectual achievements”. So in turn we associate these with success.

However, if you’re a woman, don’t make the mistake of abbreviating your name. A recent study by LinkedIn found that while men who use nicknames – such as Dave or Rob – which tends to increase their employability prospects, it hinders a woman’s chance of employment.

Joseph Scott, a spokesperson for The Knowledge Academy, said:  “The idea that a first name, and how it is presented on a job application, can influence your career is interesting. I believe most jobseekers don’t factor in the importance of their name when applying for roles. So it’s something to bear in mind.

It’s also important to pay attention to factors like writing and networking skills. And also how you present yourself – both online and in person. Take time to perfect your pitch and research the company or person of interest. It shows passion and commitment.”