The Ladders, an online job-matching site, recently crunched the numbers in its database of over 6 million career professionals to determine the top names for corporate executives as well as the names of the highest earners. They found that people with first names longer than five letters lose out on about $3,600 in salary every year—and that's per letter. So, for little Alexander that means potentially missing out on more than $500,000 over the course of a 40-year career.
They also compared people who went by their nicknames versus full names (Steve and Stephen or Debbie and Deborah, for instance). For only 1 name out of 24 pairings—Larry versus Lawrence—did the longer name, on average, earn more.
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