While Ethan Hawke might be on a nice little earner as an actor, you’ll make twice as much money if your name is Stuart, according to online labour market business LiveHire.
LiveHire co-founder and commercial director Michael Haywood trawled through the company’s data set of about 70,000 profiles, which is used by the likes of BUPA, EY and construction industry hire firm AWX, to find what names take home the big bucks.
The names they looked at were based on the 100 most popular registered birth names in Victoria. Good, traditional Scottish sounding names such as Stuart, Donald, Gregory and William topped the male income earners with six-figure salaries, well ahead of the Ethans, Samuels and Joshuas.
For women, it helps to be a Heather, Joan or Carolyn, but best don’t be a Beverly, Beverley, Amelia or Ruby.
Michael Haywood admits the figures are more fun than scientific, and trying to figure out why your name might be worth more money is a doctoral thesis in itself.
“In part, it’s down to simple workforce and social demographics, reflecting the relative popularity of different names at different times and places,” he said.
“Popular baby names differ from decade to decade. There are also socioeconomic variables at play, such as occupation, education, income, wealth and place of residence. People with more wealth may tend towards certain baby names and not others.”
Haywood says you should never rule out individual talent.
So there’s no need to change to you name to Stuart on your LiveHire profile, but if your name is Ethan, at least you now know how much you need to make to lift the average.
Here are the top-earning names from the LiveHire database.
Highest-earning men’s names
Lowest-earning men’s names
Highest-earning women’s names
Lowest-earning women’s names