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10 of the most influential baby names in history

There's a lot of importance in a name. But who has made their name work for them throughout history? Here's a list of the most powerful names from throughout history.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: August 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm •  Published: August 5, 2014

What’s in a name?

Actually, quite a lot.

Quartz reported Monday that a person's name has a high impact on his or her future success. Studies have suggested that particular names can actually influence the way people feel about someone and how well a person does in job performances.

So the question, then, is what names in history have been the most powerful? What names have led people to the most success?

Here’s a list of 10 names that have oftentimes been associated with the movers and shakers throughout history:


Alexander is a strong first name that means “defender of the people,” and goes all the way back to Alexander the Great, who led many battles across most of Asia and northern Africa. In 2013, the name ranked eighth in popularity among baby boy names, according to the Social Security Administration.


From the infamous political leader Napoleon Bonaparte to the less historically important yet still culturally relevant fictional Napoleon Dynamite, the name has made waves across cultures old and new in the last 300 or so years. The name has also served as nicknames for U.S. generals Douglas MacArthur and George B. McClellan.


There have been many Georges throughout history who have contributed to its significance and power. There was George Washington, the first president of the United States, or the many amount of King Georges, none of whom is more significant to American history than King George III. George Harrison was a famous singer and music artist; George Clooney is a popular modern day actor; and George W. Bush was president of the United States before current president Barack Obama. The name, meaning farmer, is currently ranked as the 157th most popular baby name, according to Name Trends.

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