What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. 

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616)

Nominative Determinism

What's In A Name?


Despite such examples as Doctor Long, inventor of modern penis extension operations; head of marketing at the Meat and Livestock Commission, Chris Lamb; Belgian footballer Mark De Man; and the article in the British Journal of Urology by D Weedon and JW Splatt: the evidence for nominative determinism is scant.
 
The study ‘I sell seashells by the seashore and my name is Jack’ in the Journal of Personal and Social Psychology says that meta-analysis of all the relevant papers shows ‘no support for idea that implicit egotism influences major life decisions.’
 
The Mossi tribespeople of Burkina Faso have taken nominative determinism believe in nominative determism. They give their children strikingly morbid names in a hope that tempting fate will spare their lives. Parents who have already lost more than one child might name their subsequent child Kida (“he is going to die”), or Jinaku (“born to die”).

Dallas Raines and Storm Field are real US weather forecasters.

MITCH HEDBERG (1968-2008)

I wish my name was Brian because maybe sometimes people would misspell my name and call me Brain.

Brains and Heads


 Sir Henry Head was the head of the journal Brain between 1905 and 1923. He was then replaced by Russell Brain, in other words, in 1923 Brain replaced Head as the Head of Brain.
 
Head was famous in his lifetime for his theories about the nature of pain in the human body, theories that he came upon by experimenting on himself. He cut open the nerve on his left arm, so that he lost all feeling in his hand, and then over the next few months would have an assistant variously prick, burn and freeze him: he recorded how his body recovered. The result was the discovery of head zones, areas of the body that are much more sensitive to pain than others. Sadly these cannot be found on the head, but one can be found on the tip of the penis. The experiment that Henry Head carried out to discover this head zone is left as an exercise in Googling for curious readers.   

You're a 'Loser' Baby


In 1958 a man from New York called Robert Lane decided to call his sixth child ‘Winner’ hoping to give him a boost in life; three years later, for some less obvious reason, he called his seventh and final child ‘Loser’ (what the children’s mother thought of this, no article ever seems to reveal). In a seeming reversal of nominative determinism, though, Loser Lane (generally known as Lou) has had a very successful life, becoming a sergeant in the NYPD; Winner Lane on the other hand has more than 30 arrests for burglary.

The winner of Australia's national ploughing championships in 2006 was Adrian Tilling.

RITA RUDNER

When I eventually met Mr Right I had no idea that his first name was Always.

The most appropriately named politician in the world is probably Liberia’s Moses Blah.