What’s in a name?
With the impending royal arrival due any day now, national anticipation levels are rising to an all-time high. So too is the speculation. Will it be a boy or a girl? Where will the new family live? And, perhaps the main focus of attention, what will the baby be called?
While there have been no official confirmations so far, speculation on just what the baby name will be is rife.
We may not be royalty here at reed.co.uk, but to help them make the all-important choice, we conducted a study of over one million job seekers to see if what you’re called does, in fact, impact on your success, and if there really is anything in a name. Take note, Katie Hopkins:
Currently topping the list of favourites for the new royal addition is Alexandra. However, Of the 2,227 different names registered on reed.co.uk, Alexandra expected to be paid less than 60% of other job seekers, anticipating an average of just £19,827 when it came to looking for work.
The other female frontrunners fared little better in the study, with Elizabeth (£19,832), Charlotte (£18,042) and Victoria (£19,636) also coming in the bottom half of UK workers’ salary demands.
When it comes to ambition, however, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could do far worse than to choose the favourite, as Alexandra is one of the most aspirational job seekers of those mentioned, often applying for roles paying over £1,200 more than their low expectations.
As for boys’ names, late favourite, James, is by far the most ambitious of the prospective candidates, applying for jobs beyond his stated salary expectations more frequently than George or John.
Arguably though, Prince John would be a more successful job seeker should times prove tough for the mini monarch, with his namesakes demanding significantly more than the competition when looking for their next role (An average of £28,136.50 for John; £26,944 and £25,315 for George and James respectively).
Finally, if the royals do choose to go against the grain and choose a less traditional name, they may be advised to do so with caution. Wayne, 250-1 to be the name of William and Kate’s first born, may expect a slightly higher salary than James, but he also applies for less jobs.
At the time of writing, reed.co.uk had no data for rank outsiders Apple, North, Chardonnay or Waynetta.
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