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I have found this article on Wiki on Nominative determinism. It's a claim that a person's name plays a role in his life, like career choices and has influence over one's character in general.

I have also read Freakonomics where it is being argued the opposite that name has no influence (section about Winner and Looser).

Both sources are significant enough to raise a conflict.

Is there any non-anecdotal evidence (like studies) that would confirm or reject this theory?

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    This question is not answerable in its current form. First of all, it's off-topic: it's clearly described as a "hypothesis", so it's not an actual claim. Secondly, asking whether "someone can play a significant role in his life" is not going to work. It's opinion based: who decides what is significant? who decides the importance of each person?; it's too broad: what life events are we talking about? Finally, it seems to be a "nature or nurture" question - they historically don't work here, as there's little-to-no-evidence. – Sklivvz Mar 3 '16 at 10:27
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    @Sklivvz Hi, not sure why you closed the question, but ether there are studies or not. Freakonomics is quite a known source, and if you feel my wording is not 'skeptical vocabulary' they you are welcome to change it. – Matas Vaitkevicius Mar 3 '16 at 15:45
  • A Boy Named Sue – aslum Apr 12 '19 at 13:50
  • That Wiki page was a good read – user45933 Apr 14 '19 at 15:06

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