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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!

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Neuroscientist Lord Brain

Neuroscientist Lord Brain

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    Lawyer Sue Yoo

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    Volunteer Toogood

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    Physician Dr. Docktor

    Physician Dr. Docktor

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    Gastroenterologist Joshua Butt

    Gastroenterologist Joshua Butt

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    Librarian Bookendorf

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    Meat Manager Brad Slaughter

    Meat Manager Brad Slaughter

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    Dr Mike Loosemore Talking About Need To Lose Weight

    Dr Mike Loosemore Talking About Need To Lose Weight

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    5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    Lawyer Jonathan Law

    Lawyer Jonathan Law

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    5 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    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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    Funeral Directors Wake And Paine

    Funeral Directors Wake And Paine

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    Weather Presenter Sara Blizzard

    Weather Presenter Sara Blizzard

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    5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    Scott Forrest

    Scott Forrest

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    Literature In French Editor Peter France

    Literature In French Editor Peter France

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    Dentist L. Justin Payne

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    Race Car Driver Scott Speed

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    Sled Dog Champion Vickie Pullin

    Sled Dog Champion Vickie Pullin

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