We have all come across someone with a name that matches their profession way too closely. Like, a hand surgeon named Dr. Mitten. Or a meteorologist with the last name Blizzard. I mean, come on. These names are a little on-the-nose. But apparently, it is quite the phenomenon. And it even has a name!
That's right! The seeming coincidence of people adopting professions that have to do with their name might not be such a coincidence after all. It is an idea called nominative determinism. It is the idea that people end up in areas of work that fit their names. Now, this might not apply to everyone (Robin Zlotnick sure doesn't point me in any professional direction), but I think that you will find that the people in this list are pretty insane. If they are not examples of nominative determinism, they are some of the craziest coincidences I have ever seen in my life.
It seems crazy, but I'm pretty sure these are these people's real names.I wouldn't blame you if you didn't believe me. But after this list, I think you might believe in nominative determinism. Even a little bit.
Christian is going to see Librarian 'Dr. Letters' today, know anyone who's name is related to their job?… https://t.co/CfHFnMEVjw— Absolute Radio (@Absolute Radio)1506581508.0
So one of the US networks has an analyst making predictions called - Krystal Ball #NominativeDeterminism https://t.co/H9etFV7C2Y— Josef O'Shea (@Josef O'Shea)1478452318.0
RT @tonywatkins_: RT @DaveGobbett RT @AnthonyShaw_: Best BBC correspondent name ever http://t.co/1BPjz1YHll #nominativedeterminism— Justin Sleep (@Justin Sleep)1370416262.0
Dr. Ashley Seawright
Is there a better name for an ophthalmologist than this? #nominative #determinism #ophthalmology https://t.co/JGQHSicuwg— Mark Gribble (@Mark Gribble)1527256996.0
Nominative determinism in action. http://t.co/LCJFtaDHDc— Memberable (@Memberable)1440140195.0
@Divine_Miss_Em @FrankOnTheRadio ..... nominative determinism at it's best?? https://t.co/CsJWfVEQky— Ian_P (@Ian_P)1515005953.0
Miss C Sharp
Brilliant name for a music teacher #nominative determinism http://t.co/TnJE9IxrIZ— Faeth Birch (@Faeth Birch)1435599899.0
Dr. Pam Graves
Nominative determinism at its best. http://t.co/CExWEok0Xv— Jamie (@Jamie)1441196902.0
Seriously? #nominativedeterminism, I guess... https://t.co/LQ0YL9tMOr— Erdungsratsche (@Erdungsratsche)1528984352.0
Sgt. Paul Paulos
Rachel B. Pullin
It's been a long-held dream of mine to discover an amusing example of nominative determinism, so I'm thoroughly del… https://t.co/dVTf1chmgi— Sean O'Meara (@Sean O'Meara)1507133035.0
Dr. Michaela Blood
Strong nominative determinism #AandELive https://t.co/BlRG8afiti— Toby Earle (@Toby Earle)1527022649.0
David J. Mitten
@Dannythefink if you're still collecting examples of #nominativedeterminism - this guy cuts down trees for a living. https://t.co/uWUfs9DJYc— David Ferguson (@David Ferguson)1513958272.0
Sara Blizzard is still my favourite weather forecaster #nominativedeterminism https://t.co/6EnYZHPmuL— Steve Burnett (@Steve Burnett)1533279943.0