They call it “nominative determinism.” It implies that your name somehow dictates the jobs or hobbies you gravitate towards over the course of your life.
The ancient Romans even had a term for it: “nomen omen” (or name omen). It’s really just a myth (Jonathan Law wasn’t really destined to be a lawyer), but these people are really living up to the hype their parents provided. Did they do it on purpose? Almost certainly not. It is funny nonetheless? Absolutely.
Start clicking to see 40 real people whose names are just too perfect for their jobs or hobbies. We’re still chuckling over #3, #9, and #40.
Also a great name for a superhero, Lord Brain is actually a neuroscientist.
Man, we really hope Paul Paulos from St. Paul never has to relocate.
Perhaps this is a case of destiny overcoming a name. Robin Mahfood isn’t robbing anyone’s food – in fact, he’s giving it out.
Let’s just hope firefighter Les McBurney doesn’t have an evil twin named “Moore.”
Some people are just too good.
Give me the news, I’ve got a bad case of loving you. How many times do you think he’s heard that one?
He sounds a bit like a character from Harry Potter, but Mr. Bookendorf is just a well-named librarian.
Chef Kitchin is clearly living up to his surname.
How many times a day to do you think Kashera the cashier gets asked if that’s actually her name?
If your last name is Slaughter, better you become a butcher than a surgeon, I suppose.
It’s not a career choice, but it appears that Mr. Weed has been smoking like it’s his job.
How can you not trust a weight loss expert named Dr. Loosemore?
Ms. Freeze is all bundled up to report the weather.
If your last name is Law, why not become a lawyer? No one will forget your name – it’s free marketing!
This barber often has to show people his ID just to prove that his profession and last name are one in the same.
How perfect is C. Sharp for a music teacher’s name?
Mr. Farr is clearly a gifted runner. It’s a good thing his last name isn’t “Slow” or “Stumble.”
Wake and Paine hits a little too close to home in the funeral industry.
Mr. Drinkwater was clearly destined to become a water expert.
What’s up with all the cold names for weather reporters? Fortunately, Ms. Blizzard looks like she’s just come back from a tropical vacation.
The kid in us will always laugh at the word “butt,” but it’s even better when it’s the last name of someone who deals with the back end of the body.
We’re not sure if having a trauma surgeon named Dr. Blood would be all that comforting.
Yet another funerial name that might make you cringe.
We’re not sure what Dr. Graves is digging up, but it sounds like she was destined to dig up something interesting.
How much do you think the last name Forrest contributed to this professional tree-climber’s choice of hobby?
If you’re going to see right, this seems like the right optomitrist for you!
Do you think Amy Parks is always called on when there’s a story at AMII Park?
Prof. France is really owning his last name.
Did she have to include the middle initial? No one likes when people be pullin’ at their teeth.
Add another space and you’ve got Just in Payne – couldn’t this dentist have just used their real first name?
This race car driver clearly has the need for speed.
If you’re going to be a logger, it’s best to cut it right, and be named accordingly.
Dr. Mitten will help heal your mittens.
We would have also accepted pig farmer.
I’d feel comfortable having a pilot named Lander.
Again with the dreary weather forecaster names. Give us Larry Sunshine!
Anothing Pullin, but this time it’s not teeth.
Well, to be fair, Mr. Crapper kind of invented the job when he invented the toilet.
You can find Dean Dean in the Dean’s suite.