The term "nominative determinism" was coined in 1994 in New Scientist magazine. The column highlighted humorous examples of the theory, such as a book on polar regions by Daniel Snowman, and a urology paper by A. J. Splatt and D. Weedon. Other notable examples include famous sprinter Usain Bolt, poet William Wordsworth, and any bakers you know named Baker!
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One study found that job applicants with equal qualifications were more likely to be hired if they had "white-sounding" names. 00:55
People appear more likely to choose careers with labels that resemble their own name. 02:18
Researchers theorize that nominative determinism happens because people prefer things that they can relate to themselves. 02:35