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seasonal fun question


I see that an academic study has just been released relating to the likelihood of pursuing a career related to your surname, Mrs Money the banker, Mr Carr the motor dealer or Mr Burns-Cox the urologist.

My name is Slater but I've never worked on a roof (professionally)

Let's debunk this theory.....what examples do we have from the community?

Rus Slater

4 Responses

  1. Mr Answer

    Probably the biggest law firm in Leamington Spa is called….

    Wright Hassall

    How true.

  2. Perennial fun question!

    This question is a popular one and often crops up during the summer or winter silly season. A few years ago the New Scientist reported on a dentist called Dr Chiew, a senior forestry officer named Pollard, a weather presenter called Blizzard, a lecturer in peace studies called Atack, an author of a book on mountain navigation named Cliff, a firearms store owner called Bang and an accounts receivable department worker named Billings. To name but a few! Maybe it’s because we tend to notice the times when a name matches the profession, but don’t see the far greater number of instances when a job role does not match a person’s name.

    My ancestors (or those of my partner) would have spent their lives labouring over a hot anvil, fashioning ironwork, making tools or shoeing horses. These days we (Word) Smiths spend a large part of our time crafting text on a page, processing graphics and hammering raw words and images into a reader-friendly message. 

    Maybe if you look hard enough it is possible to see a link!

    Merry Christmas from the Word Smiths!

  3. Changing the name

     Family legend has it that my husband’s great grandfather was a jockey and his name was Beat. It is said that he added the extra ‘T’ at the end of our name because if you were in a competitive sport, you’d be beat before you started!

    My maiden name was Spicer and we had nothing to do with spices, except eating them!

    happy Christmas x

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