Top Names for CEOs – Is Yours on the List?

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What's in a name?

Well, according to LinkedIn, it's job prospects. 

The social networking site Wednesday released a list of the top leadership names for professionals, based on data collected by their LinkedInsights research team, and it turns out successful business types share similar monikers.

Their research shows that the top three names for male CEOs are Peter, Bob and Jack.  The most common female CEO names are Deborah, Sally and Cynthia.

Not surprisingly, this Inc. Well blogger’s name didn’t make the list.

The LinkedInsights data also showed surprising correlations among the lengths of names that dominate certain fields. For instance, CEOs in the United States often have four letter names (like Jack and Fred).

According to the data, the top five names for male CEOs globally are:

  • Peter 
  • Bob        
  • Jack  
  • Bruce      
  • Fred

The top five names for female CEOs globally are:

  • Deborah
  • Sally
  • Debra
  • Cynthia   
  • Carolyn

"What's interesting about this data is that we were able to discover a correlation between a professional's name and the industry or functional area in which they work," said Monica Rogati, LinkedIn's senior data scientist, in a press release.

For instance, in the U.S., there's a relationship between the amount of letters and top names for professionals in certain functional areas. Sales professionals tend to have short names, around four letters like some of the names above, while engineers tend to have longer names, around six letters (like Rajesh, Jeremy and Andrew). U.S. professionals in the food and restaurant industry tend to have longer French names (like Thierry, Philippe and Laurent).

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