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Or my (former) law firm librarian Ms. Papermaster.

What about John David Booty, USC's backup quarterback?

In seriousness, I wonder to what extent the suggestion, if it exists, is subliminal and to what extent it is conscious. If you actually interviewed these people whose names seemingly match their professions, I could imagine some of them attributing their choice of profession at least in part to other people telling them, over and over throughout their lives, "oh, your last name is Law? you should go into..."

Then again, Jude Law is an actor.

I had a spanish teacher named Ms. Paris. We could never figure her out.

IMHO, a lot of this can be explained simply by our tendency to notice when a name matches a profession. If there were a strong effect of surname on profession, wouldn't we expect at least some of Cecil Fielder's relatives to be baseball players, too? Do Bill Headline's parents, aunts, and cousins tend to find jobs in journalism?

As Eric Chan pointed out, it works in reverse, too. We don't think about the association when the name doesn't match the profession. It doesn't surprise us that Jude Law isn't in the legal profession or that George Bush isn't a gardener.

I blogged a bit about some research into this type of effect - statistically, it *is* more than just a coincidence

A bit late, I know...

John Lennon, a professor in the music department at Emory, teaches a course called "Beatles: Form, Style, and Culture." How do you like them apples?

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