For some couples, it’s impossible to choose a baby name before the bub is born.
What if he or she doesn’t look like the name you have picked?
While some might think this is ridiculous, a new study says otherwise reiterating that people do in fact "look like their names."
The recent study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found people can guess a stranger’s name with surprising accuracy just by looking at their face.
Two experiments were conducted involving 185 participants in Israel and France. Researchers showed pictures of people they’ve never met, giving them four or five names to choose from.
In one study, the 70 participants could guess the right name 30 per cent of the time.
The second study found of the 115 participants, 40 per cent could match the correct name and face.
Psychologist Yonat Zwebner, the lead author of the study, said: “Each name has associated characteristics, behaviours, and a look, and as such, it has a meaning and a shared schema within a society.”
"These name stereotypes include a prototypical facial appearance such that we have a shared representation for the ‘right’ look associated with each name."
Dr Ruth Mayo, a co-author of the study, concluded, "We are subject to social structuring from the minute we are born, not only by gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status, but by the simple choice others make in giving us our name."
An article published about the study on Live Science reiterates this, saying the name you choose could be considered a prophecy.
“Zwebner suspects that a self-fulfilling prophecy — or the idea that if other people expect certain things from a person, that individual may eventually fulfil these expectations — may be one possible explanation for the face-name-matching effect.
“If, for example, society assumes that people with the name Katherine share a similar stereotype, including those based on her appearance, then people will interact with a woman named Katherine in a way that matches this shared stereotype.
“As a result, over time, Katherines become more and more like a Katherine is expected to be, resulting in a specific matching look.”