If I Name My Daughter ‘C.E.O,’ Will She Become One?

A survey by BabyCenter, a popular Web site for expecting mothers, found that 58 percent of parents believe that the name they give their baby will contribute to his or her success in life. Apparently they didn’t read Freakonomics, or at least they didn’t believe it.

So what qualities did these parents want their chosen names to have?

For boys, parents and parents-to-be said it’s most important that a baby’s name convey strength (55 percent), followed by individuality (47 percent). For girls, the qualities most frequently cited were femininity, individuality, and kindness.

No word on whether “Fido” makes the cut in either of these categories.


Of course it does, look at the football players today. A lot of them have names that you could only have if you are a football player, i.e. "Rock Cartwright" or "Colt McCoy."

Seriously, can you have the name "Colt McCoy" and grow up to be anything *but* starting QB for the University of Texas?

That's why I'm naming my first born son "Strongarm McThrowsaccurately."


I wish that parents would stop naming their baby boys "Jackson" and "Tyler." There are about forty of them in my daughter's kindergarten class. It doesn't get more boy-bander in training than that.

Naomi Park

Look at this! CEO Park or Regional Senior Partner Park has a ring to it!


I know a Lisa who is a big screw up. I also know a Ray who lives in a grainery and lives off welfare. He has 3 daughters and a wife who works her self to the bone to pay for Ray and his lazy ways.


I jump for joy everytime I hear of another Addie-leigh, NOlan or Jxon. It will make my children's names stand out for their simplicity, and give them an edge in 25 yrs time when their peers have horribly dated names.

carol mccague

I have been a career counselor for many years and up to the last five years the most successful women I interviewed were named Lisa or Nicole. Hands down, in every profession. In fact I would go so far as to say I never worked with a Lisa or a Nicole who hadn't done well.

Every Ray I ever worked with was very successful. Not Raymond, but Ray. Mike, of course. The most difficult name, I would say virtually a guarantee of problems, has been Jake. This does not apply to members of the Jewish community where Jacob is likely to be the name of a grandfather, and an honor to have.

I would suggest that if you are considering naming your baby boy Jake, and if it is not a family name, please think again.

It remains to be seen what the new successful names will be. It takes a while to build a career.