Could Your Baby's Name Affect Their Pay?

Could Your Baby's Name Affect Their Pay?

When choosing your child's name, what factors did you take into consideration? How that name would sound if you had to yell it across the play park? Whether it rhymed with any potentially embarrassing nicknames that mean classmates might one day dream up? Or did you give some thought to the impact your chosen name might one day have on your child's earning power?!

Education and training specialists investigated the value afforded to the nation’s most popular baby names, using Adzuna’s ‘ValueMyName’ tool.

To create the tool, Adzuna took data from over 500,000 CVs uploaded to ‘ValueMyCV’ and extracted their first name and salary, allowing the company to provide an average salary for 1,200 first names.

Boys named Oscar will purportedly scoop the largest salary (£37,786), swiftly followed by those named George (£37,342) while those with the UK’s number one boys name, Oliver, will rake in £35,536. Unfortunately, those named Jack (£29,738), Jacob (£30,233) and Muhammad (£31,760) will face a considerable pay cut in comparison – yet still (depressingly) fair better than 90% of those featured in the girls list.

For the girls, those named Lily will pocket the most money, at £30,821, followed by those named Isabella (28,935) and Ella (£28,623.) Unfortunately, those with the UK’s number one girl's name, Olivia, will be earning the least in the list at £26,011. And only just above Olivia are Jessica (£26,342) and Mia (£26, 981.)

Joseph Scott, a spokesperson from The Knowledge Academy, comments:

“The idea that a first name, and how it is presented on a job application, can influence your career is interesting. I do believe most jobseekers do not factor in the importance of their name when applying for roles, so it is something to bear in mind.

However, it is also important to pay attention to other factors, such as your written communication skills, your ability to network and liaise with others, and how you present yourself both online (your digital presence) and in person.

Take time to perfect your pitch and research the company or professional person of interest, you are interested in. It shows you are passionate and committed.”

We'd like to hear your views on this story. Do you care about the link between your child's name and their earning power? If not, what DID matter to you most when choosing a name for your baby? Leave us a comment here or come and join the conversation over on our Facebook page.


  • Jennifer G.

    - check this out!!! Oscar is going to be making his millions :kissing_heart:

  • Amie L.

    30k aint bad for him lol x

  • Lauriel H.

    Ha, this may be the clincher. This boy's going to have to keep his old mumma after all! :sob:

  • Susan T.

    What twoddle. Seriously does the Goverment fund this sort of research?

  • Natalie H.

    Lilly will be alright then x

  • Kay S.

    what would you like your son to do? We can research which names he has to have... not so much choice!!!! :wink::joy: xx

  • Kate H.

    So what is a terrible name?

  • Dave D.

    Can I refer you to the study. But my given one is rubbish. Most people, self included, struggle to pronounce it

  • Rebecca B.

    I'm confident that my daughter 'Gimmeedajob' and son 'Wannapromoteme' will be fine in the future.

  • Shab S.

    exactly what we talked about the other day! Xx

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