Matched-Names Analysis Reveals No Evidence of Name-Meaning Effects

@article{Silberzahn2014MatchedNamesAR,
  title={Matched-Names Analysis Reveals No Evidence of Name-Meaning Effects},
  author={Raphael Silberzahn and Uri Simonsohn and Eric Luis Uhlmann},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2014},
  volume={25},
  pages={1504 - 1505}
}
In an article recently published in this journal (Silberzahn & Uhlmann, 2013), two of the authors of the present commentary found that Germans whose last name has a noble meaning, henceforth referred to as a noble surname, such as Kaiser (“emperor”) or Konig (“king”), were more likely to hold managerial positions than Germans with other last names. However, further data collection and new analyses, reported in this collaborative commentary, indicate that the apparent name-meaning effect is more… 

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It Pays to Be Herr Kaiser

It is found that Germans with noble-sounding surnames more frequently hold managerial positions than Germans with last names that either refer to common everyday occupations, such as Koch, Bauer, and Becker/Bäcker (“baker”), or do not refer to any social role.