12 Curious Cases of Nominative Determinism

Nominative determinism (ND) is the theory that a person's name can have a significant role in determining key aspects of their job, profession or even character.

1Mark De Man – Defensive soccer player

Mark Lucien Julia De Man (born April 27, 1983) is a Belgian soccer player who currently plays for Stade Bierbeek. He is most often deployed as a defensive midfielder but has also been used at center back or right full back. He has been a regular player for Anderlecht and Belgium.

2Les McBurney – Firefighter

Best firefighter name ever!

3Sara Blizzard – Weather Girl

Sara Blizzard, 42, is the presenter for the BBC weather forecasts on
East Midlands Today and North West Tonight.

4Dr. Barth Toothman

Dr. Toothman has been practicing odontology for 33 years. What else could he do?

5Gary Wood – Wood Furniture Maker

6Lord Brain – Neurologist

Now THAT'S a great name for a neuroscientist—the man was pegged to become a brain doctor since birth.

7Ann Webb – Tarantula Specialist

Ann Webb helped found the British Tarantula Society and is also the writer of this book.

8R. W. Cockshut – Circumcision advocate

Very little is known about this Victorian doctor. In fact, some websites and literature refer him as C. W. Cockshut and others as R. W. Cockshut. He is relevant due to a quote from the British Medical Journal, 1935, where he calls for all male children to be circumcised to reduce masturbation. Here, he acknowledges the keratinization of the glans, consequence of circumcision, and further loss of sensation as ideals for a civilized culture.

9Nomad – Missing cat

Meet Nomad the cat. Well, I wanted you to meet her—only, she's gone missing.

10Usain Bolt – Sprinter (fastest man on earth)

Usain St. Leo Bolt, OJ, CD is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest person ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 and 200-meter world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977.

11D Weedon and JW Splatt - Urologists

Here is one of the best-known examples of nominative determinism in medicine that was published in the British Journal of Urology.

12Rev Michael Vickers – Vicar

Rev. Michael Vickers says his name did not to lead him becoming a vicar.