The term 'Nominative determinism' refers to the idea that some people are attracted to certain jobs that match up with their names. Can this phenomenon really hold weight? It sounds incredibly narcissistic to be attracted to things that remind us of ourselves, but the research suggests that your name really does have a great influence on your life choices.

One study found that people named Dennis or Denise tend to become dentists at a higher-than-average rate. Patterns were also identified among doctors, showing high incidences of fitting names in areas like urology for example, where there were a number of surnames like Cox, Ball, Dick and Waterfall. And, of course, there are the occupational surnames which suggest some kind of family legacy, like Butcher, Smith, Baker and Miller.

However, sometimes the matches are so bizarre and funny, they cannot be explained. We here at Bored Panda have collected a list of people who are unwittingly doing exactly what their names are telling them to do, along with a few others who just happen to be in the right place at the right time. Scroll down below to check it out for yourself, and don't forget to vote for your favorites!

#1

Neuroscientist Lord Brain

Neuroscientist Lord Brain

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Hans 5 months ago

Lord Brain could become my avatar name. Lord Brain to the rescue!

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#2

Firefighter McBurney

Firefighter McBurney

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Yvonne Bernal 5 months ago

Ashley McBurney

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#3

Lawyer Sue Yoo

Lawyer Sue Yoo

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Ladies and Gentlemen 5 months ago

At Least hide her contact information please, Else Sue will Sue you!

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#4

Cashier Ka Ching

Cashier Ka Ching

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Dian Ella Lillie 5 months ago

Oh, this is good...

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#5

Andrew Drinkwater

Andrew Drinkwater

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Ladies and Gentlemen 5 months ago

i Said Andrew - DRINKWATER!!!!!!! Godd dammn it!

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#6

Volunteer Toogood

Volunteer Toogood

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Kaisu Rei 5 months ago

Can someone be too good if they're a volunteer?

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#7

Physician Dr. Docktor

Physician Dr. Docktor

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Mother Mary Helen 5 months ago

Doctor Docktor, give me the news, I've got a bad case of loving you

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#8

Cashier Kashera

Cashier Kashera

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Luis Milian 5 months ago

she knows Ka Ching

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#9

Ophthalmologist Ashley Seawright

Ophthalmologist Ashley Seawright

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Night Time Kyle 5 months ago

you will see her soon

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#10

Gastroenterologist Joshua Butt

Gastroenterologist Joshua Butt

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Luis Milian 5 months ago

hahaha. better this than many other jobs for butt

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#11

Music Teacher Miss C Sharp

Music Teacher Miss C Sharp

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John White 5 months ago

I guess she lives in A Flat

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#12

Librarian Bookendorf

Librarian Bookendorf

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ADHORTATOR 5 months ago

Wilbur Ulysses is already a cool name for a librarian...

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#13

Paul Paulos From St. Paul Police

Paul Paulos From St. Paul Police

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MagicalUnicorn 5 months ago

paulception

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#14

Chef Tom Kitchin

Chef Tom Kitchin

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Ladies and Gentlemen 5 months ago

why all of these people are on BBC?

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#15

Meat Manager Brad Slaughter

Meat Manager Brad Slaughter

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ADHORTATOR 5 months ago

Better Meat Manager than Human Resources Manager...

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#16

Jason Weed

Jason Weed

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Captain Marvel 5 months ago

He looks extremely pleased with himself.

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#17

What A Name For A Weather Presenter

What A Name For A Weather Presenter

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Sveta Smirnova 5 months ago

Sister of Killer Frost?

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#18

Dr Mike Loosemore Talking About Need To Lose Weight

Dr Mike Loosemore Talking About Need To Lose Weight

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Hans 5 months ago

"Call now to order 10 buckets of Dr. Loosemore's Wonder Power(TM) and receive this shaker for free!"

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#19

Lawyer Jonathan Law

Lawyer Jonathan Law

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Daria B 5 months ago (edited)

I fough the Law and - the Law won! ♬♪ (good song for Tekken too)

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#20

Just To Show To All My Clients That Don’t Believe My Surname Is Barber

Just To Show To All My Clients That Don’t Believe My Surname Is Barber

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Ryo Bakura 5 months ago

I'm more interested in why his parents called him Irvine.

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#21

Runner Aaron Farr

Runner Aaron Farr

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dibya sadhukhan 5 months ago

hey i run far too

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#22

Funeral Directors Wake And Paine

Funeral Directors Wake And Paine

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Captain Foley 5 months ago

Well, if someone manages to Wake, they will certainly feel Paine

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#23

Weather Presenter Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter Sara Blizzard

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Kaisu Rei 5 months ago

In Finland there's a weather presenter who's her opposite called Pekka Pouta, which means Pekka Dry Weather.

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#24

President Robin Mahfood

President Robin Mahfood

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dibya sadhukhan 5 months ago

noh its mahfooooooooooooood

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#25

Doctor Atchoo

Doctor Atchoo

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Dr Blood

Dr Blood

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SykesDaMan 5 months ago

Dr Acula's colleague?

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#27

Funeral Directors Thomas Grieve And Son

Funeral Directors Thomas Grieve And Son

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Hans 5 months ago

Good grief!

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#28

Archaeologist Dr Pam Graves

Archaeologist Dr Pam Graves

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Ryo Bakura 5 months ago

I dig it.

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#29

Scott Forrest

Scott Forrest

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glowworm2 5 months ago

The woman's name is quite fitting too!

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#30

Amy Parks

Amy Parks

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Captain Foley 5 months ago

the perfect coincidence

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#31

Literature In French Editor Peter France

Literature In French Editor Peter France

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Kaisu Rei 5 months ago

Well you'd assume he's definitely an expert on French literature then!

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#32

Dentist Rachel Pullin

Dentist Rachel Pullin

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MagicalUnicorn 5 months ago

sounds trustworthy :D

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#33

Dentist L. Justin Payne

Dentist L. Justin Payne

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Kaisu Rei 5 months ago

Not a dentist I would like to go to tbh

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#34

Race Car Driver Scott Speed

Race Car Driver Scott Speed

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GlassOfWater 5 months ago

Australia has a Jamie Whincup.

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#35

Todd Cutright

Todd Cutright

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Andres Tejeda 5 months ago

What if he is terrible at his job?

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#36

Hand Surgeon David J. Mitten

Hand Surgeon David J. Mitten

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Carrie de Luka 5 months ago

I saw a hand specialist called Mr Ring.

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#37

Assistant Deli Manager Margaret Bacon

Assistant Deli Manager Margaret Bacon

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Kjorn 5 months ago

we could eat her up

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#38

Fiona Lander In Perth Airport

Fiona Lander In Perth Airport

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dibya sadhukhan 5 months ago

landerover and out

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#39

Weather Anchor L. Sprinkle

Weather Anchor L. Sprinkle

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Yvonne Blau 5 months ago

moonlighting in a donut shop

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#40

Sled Dog Champion Vickie Pullin

Sled Dog Champion Vickie Pullin

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Kaisu Rei 5 months ago

I don't think she's the one doing the pulling

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