There is an interesting study that has been published by the online recruiting site TheLadders. After analyzing the names of their six million members, they have found that people with shorter names make more money. They don't give an explanation for this finding. Maybe it is all just a publicity stunt. But it is still worth a look.
According to the firm, the highest paid male names all have five letters or less: Tom, Rob, Dale, Doug, and Wayne. The top five female names also tend to be shorter though there is less of a correlation: Lynn, Melissa, Cathy, Dana, and Christine. In fact, when they analyzed the numbers, they found that for each letter that a name is lengthened, the person makes $3,600 less per year.
TheLadders also found that people who use shorter nicknames make more money than the corresponding longer names. Bills make more money than Williams. Debbies make more money than Deborahs. Philips earn more than Phillips. Again no reasons are given for this.
This must be the reason why I make a lot of money. Other than the fact that I am an anesthesiologist, I have an extremely short first name. Are you ready to find out what it is? My first name is spelled--D-r. But you can call me Z, which is even shorter and more portentous of future fortune. A website that I had never heard of before wouldn't lead me wrong, would it?