The name game

15 August 2012
A family history website has done some analysis of the 1911 census, examining which names were most popular for particular professions. It found farmers were likely to be called John, butchers named Tom and accountants called Annie. The analysis said that while some patterns could be a coincidence, there was a clear difference in the names between blue- and white-collar professions. Procurement and supply was probably not recognised as a profession in the early 20th century, but I wonder what someone will find when they look back at the most recent census data in 100 years’ time. Will Supply Management be reporting on similar analysis, which found purchasers called Pete or buyers named Barbara?
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