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Design a House and We'll Guess Your Name
by Zoe Samuel
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Your house is the biggest decision you'll ever make - and while your name was also a huge decision for you, it wasn't one that you got to make yourself. However, the concept of "nominative determinism" says that your name does indeed affect your life outcome. 

It's not as simple as becoming a gardener or a roofer because your last name is Gardiner or Thatcher. It's more a case of people's names guiding them in certain directions, whether consciously or not. That is, if you want your child to become a doctor, you should seriously consider calling them "Doctor" (and after all, even if they never finish their MD or Ph.D., at least they'll always be able to get a date).

If your name can affect what job you might want, then clearly it might also affect what house you might want. If your name is that of a Bond villain, perhaps you'll be drawn toward hollowed-out volcanoes or secret lairs. If your name sounds like a sorceress or fairy princess, you might think you belong in a beautiful Disney-style palace.

If your name makes you sound like the cute old lady from a Richard Curtis movie, then perhaps a cottage in the country will suit you. If you have an ordinary name, maybe you want an ordinary house. Let's find out!


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