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People With Short Names Tend To Earn More Money

Tempted to saddle your first child with a name that will take him years to spell correctly?

Well, spellcheck this, parents: A new report from finds employees with short names make more money. Goodbye Theodore and hellooooo, Ted!

The top-earning names in the workplace tend to be restricted to four or five letters, max. After that, each letter leads to an estimated $3,600 reduction in annual pay. So call your kid "Jon" instead of "Jonathan" from the get-go, will you? It's short and sweet, and will earn more green!

In a workplace context, it makes total sense. "Chip" sounds a lot more easy-going and accessible than, say, "Worthington." It's also easier for everyone to spell and remember, which is key at work. The shorter, the better -- as far as co-workers and customers are concerned.

So what are the Top 10 highest-earning names among today's workforce? Be forewarned that they are decidedly Gen X monikers, because Gen X is at its peak earning potential. Here are the top five highest-earning men's names:

1. Tom
2. Rob
3. Doug
4. Dale
5. Wayne

And here are the top five highest-earning women's names:

1. Lynn
2. Melissa
3. Cathy
4. Dana
5. Christine

I'm a Christine who goes by the five-letter nickname, and I have to say that it's been a good experience. "Chris" is generally quick and easy for everyone to spell. I'm a simple person, and my name reflects it. "Chris" is the casual Friday of workplace names. It's a name everyone knows, even if it's a tad boring.

I have to admit, whenever I hear a mother utter her young child's very long name in a curiously loud voice at the grocery store, I automatically hear the nickname in my mind. Yes, you call your child Robinson right now, but he will go by "Rob" twenty years from now, guaranteed. Why?

First, because he'll get tired of spelling "Robinson" all the time. Second, because only his family (read: Mom) calls him Robinson. As in, "Robinson, did you clean your room?" or "Robinson, did you make your bed?" or "Robinson, if you don't stop doing that right now, we're going home!"

No, thanks. Twenty years from now, the name "Rob" will represent adulthood, and a sense of self-determination, as he drives himself to his first real job.

The good thing, Mom? "Rob," at least according to The Ladders study, could very well earn more money over the long run than Robinson. You can still ask grown-up Robinson if he cleaned his room, though.


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