People with the first initial “D” have the shortest life expectancy.

People with the first initial “D” have the shortest life expectancy.

Psychologists at Wayne State University looked at the life spans of 10,000 doctors, lawyers and athletes born between 1870 and 1930 and found those people whose names began with the letter “D” lived, on average, the shortest lives. At the other extreme, those who had the first initial “A” lived the longest, out-stretching “D”-people’s longevity by nearly 10 years.

The researchers speculate that having a name beginning with “D” contributes to poor self-esteem — which other studies suggest lowers a person’s defense against disease. The self-confidence knock is due to a link with the standard American school grading systems, where Ds constitute poor achievement. “Throughout life, we are constantly reminded that ‘A’ symbolizes the best, whereas ‘D’ is regarded as almost a failure,” the professors write in the journal “Death Studies.”


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14 Comments on “People with the first initial “D” have the shortest life expectancy.”

  1. Dave
    February 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Doh! Like I needed to know this fact !

    • danawilson
      February 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

      I’m with you, Dave!

    • SuGizzy
      March 13, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

      D is for death Dave lol…..Oh u will be fine…

  2. Micah
    February 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    What about people whose name starts with an F? What is their life expectancy compared to those that start with D?

  3. carrie
    February 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Does that mean c names live an “average” life?

    • SuGizzy
      March 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

      Carrie im LMFAO!!!

      • alex
        March 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

        it wasn’t that funny, calm down please.

  4. February 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Maybe there is also an association with the word “Death” which also starts with “D”.

  5. Dawn aka Aurora
    February 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    So then do all the other letters feel completely inadequate because they don’t even ‘exist’ in the ‘grading system’?

  6. February 6, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    Um… then wouldn’t people with the letter F as their first initial do worse since “F” is lower than “D” in the grading system?

  7. February 6, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    I have a question: what about the initial ‘F’?

  8. February 7, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    Interesting, glad I’m an “A”

  9. February 8, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    It may just be be because of word associations – dick, dumb, dufous, duffer, death, dilemma, disgusting, defeatist, defeat, derail, deny etc.

    As against ace, altitude, attitude, animals, alright, awesome, amazing…

  10. Sarah
    February 9, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Interesting,so b is good,lol

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