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Middle name = more successful child?

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Giving your baby a middle name could help them make the grade later in life.

You've probably spent hours poring over baby name books to find the right moniker for your baby but how much thought have you given to picking their middle name.

If you're currently ambivalent about giving your child a middle name at all, this recent research could sway your mind.

A new study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that making use of middle initials throughout life is the easiest way to appear more clever, and in turn increase your overall success.

'People's middle initials have a particular and powerful effect on how people are perceived by others.'

Apparently initials are associated with high status industries like law and medicine, so using one or more middle initials can boost a person's social status.

Wijnand A.P. Van Tilburg of the University of Southampton and Eric R. Igou of the University of Limerick wrote in their research: 'People's middle initials have a particular and powerful effect on how people are perceived by others.

'The display of middle initials increases the perceived social status of these people and positively biases inferences about their intellectual capacity and performance.'

One of their experiments asked 85 students to evaluate the written quality of an article, listing the author in a different way for different readers - David Clark, David F. Clark, David F.P. Clark, or David F.P.R. Clark - and the results showed that David F. Clark was rated more highly than David Clark and David F.P.R. Clark was rated best overall.

Why not get inspired baby name-wise by checking out this A-Z of celebrity names or top baby names through the decades.

Are you planning to give your baby one or more middle names? Tell us in the comment section below.

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