Names and Age

When I’m bored, I randomly snoop through 5300 data to find interesting things.  If you go through the list, you’d be really surprised what you can find.  Namely, no pun intended, the names of the CEO’s.  They all seem like "old" names.  Yes, that’s a gross generalization, but Kenneth, Millard, Wendell, Gerald, and Richard all strike me as older names.  I looked around on the internet for a source to find the average age of a name.  Something like the average Marjorie (thanks grandma) is 71 and the average Ellie is 15 but had no luck.  Just my random observation for the week.  I wonder if you could gauge a CEO’s propensity for retirement by their name…

There were a few Doug’s, Ron’s, and even a Brent, but I tried to avoid names of people I know…

11 thoughts on “Names and Age”

  1. Yep, I’m guessing they sound old because those folks are old. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, credit unions need experienced leadership. The real questions lie in how the current leadership prepares and retains young talent for the future.

  2. Josh makes a good point ‘how the current leadership prepares and retains young talent’. To put it bluntly they haven’t. And the boards have not held anyone’s feet to the fire to do succession planning. Take a look at all the mergers. Why does the ‘swallower’ always seem to be well prepared and the ‘swallowee’ ready for retirement? Unless the current group starts the preparation there will be fewer credit unions. And there is the shame in all of it, our system revolves around a few key individuals and their personalities instead of the principles we sometimes only love to discuss.

  3. Try out NameVoyager: http://www.babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html

    Hours of fun for the bored. 🙂

    Kenneth: 1940s
    Millard: 20s & 30s
    Wendell: 30s & 40s
    Gerald: 40s

    Millard seems like a possible fluke, like my 31 year old sister Edith.

    And Richard is a special case — it was in the top 20 from the 1910s through the 1970s, peaking in popularity in the 50s.

    I had my aha! moment about the aging of the community college system when I looked up Barbara. It seemed like there were a lot of Barbaras when I worked at a community college.

    As for what it all means…in the CC system it meant that staff were getting further & further out of touch with students. (IMHO) I think with CEOs it means that they drift farther from the rest of the staff, age-wise, and from the general population. In both cases it means that decisions that are made don’t necessarily reflect the best interest of the “customer.” (member, student, etc.)

    Or at least it takes more work.

  4. Yikes! Looked at my wife’s name Marjun and it isn’t there. Youngest son Nils isn’t there. Oldest son Fleming peaked in 1880’s, nothing from then on. What does that mean Robbie?

  5. Gene: IIRC, it doesn’t cover every name; there’s some cut-off level of popularity. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what that it, and it doesn’t seem to say anymore.

  6. You know what’s interesting… “O” names… really popular around 1800s and early 1900s and then they totally drop off in popularity until recently. And that’s my totally random thought for the day…

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