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Brits vote for names they think are ‘most successful’ and only three women make the list

Lauren Franklin June 14, 2018

A poll of names Brits believe make someone destined for success only includes three women's names out of 12

The British public have spoken and voted for the names which make you destined for success – and only three women’s names make the top 12.

With two thirds of the UK believing that your name affects how well you’ll do in life, the poll run by Grosvenor Casinos reveals that people appear to intuitively believe that you’ve got to be a man – with a posh name as well.

The survey gets off to fine start with the very regal William and Victoria joint first, clocking 37.8 percent of the vote, followed by equally royal George and Elizabeth in second and third positions respectfully.

The rest of the list makes for depressing reading if you’re a woman or don’t have a traditional British name. Olivia manages to nab a place at the bottom, with the fact that it was the most popular name for parents to give their daughters last year probably giving it a boost.

If you have a royal name you’re in luck (Getty)

The list is as follows:

  1. William and Victoria (37.8%)
  2. George (37.3%)
  3. Elizabeth (36.3%)
  4. Richard and Alexander (32%)
  5. Thomas (28.1%)
  6. David (27.8%)
  7. Harry (25.5%)
  8. John (24.2%)
  9. Oliver (23.1%)
  10. Olivia (18.6%)

The survey also learnt that nearly half of the country (46 percent) think that if you share your name with a historical figure you’re more likely to be a success.

Head of brand for Grosvenor Casinos, Caroline Webb, said: “It’s so interesting to see what the nation considers to be a successful name.

“It does ask the question, if you are given one of these names, are you more primed for success in life?”

Well, let’s hope not, as it would be nice to not be a man or named after someone who sat on a throne to have a chance at success.

Two thirds of British people believe your name can hep determine your success (pexels)

The survey comes two months after the final figures for the gender pay gap were revealed by around 10,000 firms.

The numbers reveal that three-quarters of companies pay men more than women.

Featuring in the top 10 are the likes of Ryanair, with a 71.8 percent gender pay gap, as well as lingerie company Boux Avenue, with a median hourly pay gap of 75.7 percent.

However, there were some surprises in the mix.

Costa, KFC, Matalan, McDonald’s, Primark and Starbucks are just some of the big companies that have reported there is no difference in what they pay their staff.

Telegraph Media Group has the biggest gender pay gap of any UK publisher or broadcaster, with women earning 35 percent less than men on average.

More: baby name, Employment, gender, gender pay gap

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