New research has revealed that we are quick to judge a person’s personality based on their first name, and usually get it wrong. And it seems the Davids of the UK might not be too happy about how they are stereotyped. Most Brits in the research admitted to expecting people with this first name to be assertive, angry and closed-minded, even before meeting them. But people called James are thought to be the most charismatic and confident, and women named Gemma assumed to be bad tempered and unkind. Women with the name Sarah are often considered in a good light, as research revealed that Sarahs are usually thought to be compassionate, sociable, kind, conscientious and likable. The research revealed that men with the name Christopher are considered to be the most intellectual of all, found to be quiet, high-achieving, reliable and organised. However, it’s not all a bed of roses for those named Christopher as they are also assumed to be unsociable and uninventive. … [Read more...] about This is what your name says about you
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HAVE you ever wondered why women often take their husband's surnames after marriage? Here's the lowdown on changing names, keeping them or "meshing" them. Why do women take their husband's surnames? For years, women have been taking their husband's surnames upon marriage and, in the western world, it has become a cultural convention. And, while it is not a modern day legal requirement many women still choose to change their name. In Britain, it is legal to call yourself whatever you want - as long as you're not committing fraud. For many, their reasoning lies in that it's the "traditional" thing to do once they tie the knot. According to the Independent, a recent study found that 65 per cent of women in their 20s and 30s changed their names after marriage. Some people consider it the easy thing to do when it comes to the issue of naming children later and sharing a family name. Meanwhile, others believe that the act is an "outdated tradition" with sexist connotations that … [Read more...] about Why do women take their husband’s surnames and how do you officially change your name if you choose a double-barrelled surname?
SCIENTISTS believe your name can reveal how you are judged, your performance at work and even how old you are. New York professor Leonard Newman from Syracuse University claims people with "timeless" names are not stereotyped. He asked 500 students to rate 400 popular male and female names from the last 70 years based on how competent they were likely to be, New Scientist reported. Questions included: "Imagine that you are about to meet Samantha. How competent/ warm/ old do you think she is when you see her name?" The scientists then used the results to assess which names were associated with competency, warmth and a certain age group. Mr Newman reported a clear gender effect as female names tended to be associated with low competency. He said: "If you give your child a fashionable name for the time, it might date them. "The only way around it is to choose a name that never seems to go out of style like David or Michael." Names such as Betty and Bruce were consistently associated with … [Read more...] about What your name says about you revealed – including how people judge you, your work and even your age
The number of fraudulent current account applications being detected jumped last year, according to analysis. Credit-checking company Experian said criminals were behind 159 in every 10,000 current account applications in 2017, up from 138 in 2016. Current account fraud is more likely to affect men than women, according to the figures, which are based on Experian's fraud data. Experian operates fraud prevention system National Hunter, which enables financial institutions to cross-match applications against more than 100 million previous application records to spot potential frauds. Read More Financial scams - How to stay safe Those most at risk Experian said renters are particularly vulnerable to identity fraudsters because their post is often left in communal areas or in mailboxes which can be easily accessed by other people. Its analysis suggests those who may be particularly vulnerable to fraud are aged 18 to 25, share private low-cost housing and move regularly. Nick Mothershaw, … [Read more...] about Surge in criminals trying to open bank accounts in your name- who’s most at risk
The Government's deadline for more than 10,000 UK firms to submit gender pay gap figures has now passed - and for millions of workers, the results have confirmed what they long suspected. Businesses with 250 employees or more were required to submit the data on mean and median gender pay gaps to the Government Equalities Office by midnight on Wednesday. This was in line with new government rules that last year ruled companies must now release their gender pay gap figures anually. It's part of a wider pledge to tackle wage differences between men and women carrying out the same job - and the discrimination that is believed to exist in the workplace. Thousands of big firms listed their statistics on Wednesday - with more than 15% rushing to meet the midnight deadline. Those who failed to do so now a final call or legal action - if they fail to meet the Government's grace period. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it will write to employers who have not complied on April … [Read more...] about How to find out what your employer’s Gender Pay Gap is