This thought recently occurred to me; does an individual's name have any impact on job prospects?
On one's resume, name is often the first words recruiters see, and they can often make a lasting impression. No, I'm not talking about immigrants/foreigners, but native Americans that have strange/uncommon names.
When I was in school, I often associated connotations with names. I'd much rather work with a "David" than a "Zhenda" (made-up name). I've also made many first impressions through names; when someone introduces me to someone, just their name could turn me off.
This also concerns women; I tend to stay away from girls who have strange/odd names. It's just a turn-off. There's a reason why people compliment simply based on names. ("Hey, cute name!")
I'm lucky to be born with common, respectable name. One that does not give strangers reason to make skeptical assumptions of me on first impression. Personally, names have not affected my career, but I'm curious if it has affected yours, or anyone you know.