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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Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
2 years ago

no way! hahahah if i were a man i'd legally change my name into this one immediately!!!

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#2

Firefighter McBurney

Firefighter McBurney

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Scrooge McCock
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2 years ago

Wouldn't that be ironic, considering he puts out fires.

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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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dibya sadhukhan
Community Member
2 years ago

chi ching

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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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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Hi, I am Alan TooGood; oo Hello, i am Karen YouBetterBe!

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#7

Physician Dr. Docktor

Physician Dr. Docktor

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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???

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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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qwertyisabadname
Community Member
2 years ago

This was done 2 times.

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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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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

It runs in the family.

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#16

Jason Weed

Jason Weed

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Hans
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2 years ago

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Man names Mario Juana arrested for possession of weed would have been more akward.

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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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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Seems to be more intentional then co-incidence.

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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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dibya sadhukhan
Community Member
2 years ago

forest? run forest run

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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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Andres Tejeda
Community Member
2 years ago

Well come on, that's the perfect name for a race car driver.

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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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Chris Mugea
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2 years ago (edited)

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Lovely list. The phenomenon is called "nominative determinism" look it up :)

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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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