Summary of “Who Wins in the Name Game?”

All else being equal, changing a candidate’s name from Sue to Cameron tripled a candidate’s likelihood of becoming a judge; a change from Sue to Bruce quintupled it.
Our names can even influence what cities we live in, who we befriend, and what products we buy since, we’re attracted to things and places that share similarities to our names.
A name is, after all, perhaps the most important identifier of a person.
Something as packed full of clues as a name tends to lead to all sorts of assumptions and expectations about a person, often before any face-to-face interaction has taken place.
A first name can imply race, age, socioeconomic status, and sometimes religion, so it’s an easy-or lazy-way to judge someone’s background, character, and intelligence.
Teachers tend to hold lower expectations for students with typically black-sounding names while they set high expectations for students with typically white- and Asian-sounding names.
One could imagine these students were given the advantage of high expectations and self-perception, whether or not they had the money and support that comes with the socioeconomic background associated with those names.
What if parents from disadvantaged circumstances gave their children “Advantaged” names? Could just a name really have that great of an effect on a person’s career and future?

The orginal article.