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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

Ashley McBurney

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#3

Lawyer Sue Yoo

Lawyer Sue Yoo

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh, this is good...

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#5

Andrew Drinkwater

Andrew Drinkwater

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#6

Volunteer Toogood

Volunteer Toogood

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Kaisu Rei
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

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

JP
Community Member
2 years ago

You beat me to it! LOL

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
2 years ago

Your first patient, Mr. Mister is here.

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
2 years ago

i work in the field of nuclear medicine and medical physic and sometimes i have to deal with a dr. doctor too ...wonder if it's the same person???

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
2 years ago

oh no it's not - different spelling, just noticed

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Kristy P
Community Member
2 years ago

My doc's last name is Healer:-)

Id row
Community Member
2 years ago

Can't you see I'm burning, burning?

pandamonium
Community Member
2 years ago

My mother's doctor is Doctor nurse that has always made me smile

Mark Fergel
Community Member
2 years ago

.....give me the news I've got a...........bad case, of lovin' you.

Scrooge McCock
Community Member
2 years ago

I love this one!

Grace McEachin
Community Member
2 years ago

while at Children's Hospital Medical Center there was a friend of mine whose name was William Dick - William was called Dick so the overhead page would resonant Dr. Dick Dick, call extension 347, Call Extension 347! hahahaha it made you laugh everytime!

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
2 years ago

Now, if s/he had a PhD as well, as some of my old colleagues do, it'd be Doctor Doctor Docktor....

Craig Lee
Community Member
2 years ago

The hyphenated Dr. you see on the sign is not the persons first name, it's the title.... Hence, PhD already.

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dibya sadhukhan
Community Member
2 years ago

"doctor what is your real name?" "docktor" "oh you are Russian?"

Sel Bonda
Community Member
2 years ago

Docktor - Marine physician?!

glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

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

Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

i prefef Yan Itor from Scrubs

Lauraine Big Medicine
Community Member
6 months ago

My name is Laurie Big Medicine

Arran Walker
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh, Doctor Docktor, can’t you see I’m burning, burning? Oh, Doctor Docktor, is this love I’m feeling?

Mim
Community Member
2 years ago

Good morning, doctor Docktor

arthur lindsay coker
Community Member
2 years ago

Failed his first exam when he was Doctor fail

okpkpkp
Community Member
2 years ago

Man: Doctor, Doctor, give him something for his cough. Doctor: Here's a quarter. Man: That's not much Doctor: That's not much of a cough. Firesign Theater, circa 1970

Mya Lugar
Community Member
2 years ago

..have ya heard the news?..I got a bad case of lovin' you!

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually it's Doktor Frankenstein, but smb neglected the surname

marnidarr
Community Member
2 years ago

What the announcements over the PA system must sound like! "Dr. Docktor, stat!"

Jessica A
Community Member
2 years ago

No, no...stop...really?

Diego Danila
Community Member
2 years ago

I know him! He is true doctor in the Philippines!

ntensegirl
Community Member
2 years ago

dr. docktor, can't you see I'm burning burning

Amy Hinchey
Community Member
2 years ago

dr. doktor can't you see Im buring burning

Stephanie Chirigotis
Community Member
2 years ago

I know this doctor!

Scrooge McCock
Community Member
2 years ago

ROFLMAO

Teresa Brackenridge
Community Member
2 years ago

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2 years ago

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Weeping Willowz (WeepingWillowz)
Community Member
2 years ago

This sounds like a Doctor Who joke

Sage Jay
Community Member
2 years ago

mr doctor man questions his hands

Turnip and a Frog
Community Member
2 years ago

Bobby Bobby? Or Robert Bobby, Rachel?

Cece O
Community Member
2 years ago

There are a few brave souls in the family who listened when someone said, "it would be so funny if you grew up to become a Doctor". No, it wouldn't be. It's hard enough when you tell people your last name is Doctor and they ask you how to spell it. As a married woman though I do hyphenate it sometimes and end up as a Dr.

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
2 years ago

The UFO song!

DE Ray
Community Member
2 years ago

There is a tradition among certain groups to name children after the job the parents hope the child will grow up to have. I have personally met three people named "Doctor", one "Teacher", and one "Umpire".

Craig Lee
Community Member
2 years ago

In this case it's not parents naming a child after a wished for profession. Docktor is the last name.

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Keanric Choy
Community Member
2 years ago

My money's on that he's asian

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#8

Cashier Kashera

Cashier Kashera

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Luis Milian
Community Member
2 years ago

she knows Ka Ching

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#9

Ophthalmologist Ashley Seawright

Ophthalmologist Ashley Seawright

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Night Time Kyle
Community Member
2 years ago

you will see her soon

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#10

Gastroenterologist Joshua Butt

Gastroenterologist Joshua Butt

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Luis Milian
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

I guess she lives in A Flat

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#12

Librarian Bookendorf

Librarian Bookendorf

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

paulception

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#14

Chef Tom Kitchin

Chef Tom Kitchin

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

Better Meat Manager than Human Resources Manager...

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#16

Jason Weed

Jason Weed

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Captain Marvel
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

noh its mahfooooooooooooood

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#25

Doctor Atchoo

Doctor Atchoo

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Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
2 years ago

bless ya

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#26

Dr Blood

Dr Blood

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SykesDaMan
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

Good grief!

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#28

Archaeologist Dr Pam Graves

Archaeologist Dr Pam Graves

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Ryo Bakura
Community Member
2 years ago

I dig it.

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#29

Scott Forrest

Scott Forrest

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

The woman's name is quite fitting too!

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#30

Amy Parks

Amy Parks

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Captain Foley
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

sounds trustworthy :D

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#33

Dentist L. Justin Payne

Dentist L. Justin Payne

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Kaisu Rei
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

Australia has a Jamie Whincup.

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#35

Todd Cutright

Todd Cutright

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Andres Tejeda
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

landerover and out

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#39

Weather Anchor L. Sprinkle

Weather Anchor L. Sprinkle

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Yvonne Blau
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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