Pretentious name

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First post so let me have it you degenerates. Basically, one of my friends has an extremely pretentious sounding name (think William Jordan Belfort IV but more), but he's not sure whether to flaunt it on his resume or in email correspondence. What are the relatives benefits or drawbacks of both. Note: his family have no connections to finance or IB, so there's no chance someone would recognize the name.

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Feb 14, 2020

What's the name?

Feb 14, 2020

Yes, he should use his real name on his resume.

What is this shit?

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Feb 14, 2020

I'm picturing "flaunting" his name on his resume as size 50 font, cursive or Papyrus

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Feb 14, 2020

Damn. Hand-writing your signature, large, at the top of your resume where your name typically goes would be legit.

If I ever saw that I'd probably call the kid in for an interview just to ask him about it.

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Feb 19, 2020

I'm guessing "flaunting" means the whole freaking name vs. a simple first and last name.

Ex. William Fitzgerald Belmont Harrison IV vs. William Harrison

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Feb 14, 2020

Does his mom go by the name Bunny?

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

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Feb 14, 2020

Your last sentence says there is no chance someone would recognize the name..

Feb 14, 2020

Drawbacks: Probably look like a tool

Benefits: I can't really think of any???

Just do first name + last name, Jesus

Feb 17, 2020
PE-biz-dev:

Just do first name + last name, Jesus

like this?

William Jordan Belfort IV, Jesus

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Feb 18, 2020
Isaiah_53_5:
PE-biz-dev:

Just do first name + last name, Jesus

like this?

William Jordan Belfort IV, Jesus

no, like this:

William Jordan + Belfort IV, Jesus

Feb 14, 2020

Have a hard time believing your friend is curious about this. But hey, either way, if you have a douchey looking/sounding name, don't worry about it and roll with it.

If people give you flack, then it's probably cause they're named Pat Smith

Feb 14, 2020

->Posting as anon

->Calling us degenerates

log in and say it like a man

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Feb 15, 2020

"Friend"

Feb 15, 2020

You want your name to sound as neutral as possible. I have several friends who have an aristocratic family name, eg. "ABC de XYZ". They often drop the "de XYZ".

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Feb 15, 2020

there are no pretentious names, just pretentious people.

it's not like his name is horatio hornblower or anything.

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Investment Banking Full-time Analyst Programme (London) at JPMorgan Chase. After a thorough review of your application, we regret to inform you that we are unable to move forward with your candidacy at this time.

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Feb 15, 2020

Idk, Michael Chadwick Johnson Wilkes Bloomberg III, Ph. D is pretty pretentious.

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Feb 17, 2020

congratulations. you've won. you/your friend has asked the most obvious question ever asked in WSO, and this is no small feat, you've beaten the following noble contenders.

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  • I just found a girlfriend, should I pay for our vacation

thank you, thank you for this thread, I needed to know that there are people out there who actually wonder how to write their name on a resume. it's going to be a good week

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Feb 17, 2020

I think it's obvious, you should bring him olive oil. It's really not that hard. The real question is: what kind of olive oil do bankers usually buy?

Feb 17, 2020
AnonCoug:

I think it's obvious, you should bring him olive oil. It's really not that hard. The real question is: what kind of olive oil do bankers usually buy?

Well, if you're an Italian banker, possibly Santa Chiara made with Taggiasca olives from Liguria.

If not that, then probably from Tuscany or Puglia.

Here is a PPT about it:

http://www.rosmarinofarm.com/Files/Costa_dei_Rosma...

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Feb 19, 2020

Easy answer. Your reputation will be determined by the opposite of type of olive oil you buy.

Extra Virgin if you don't want your boss to think that you're a virgin.

Regular sauteeing olive oil if you want your boss to think you're a virgin.

FYI, Extra virgin is more expensive

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Feb 19, 2020

+SB, laughing really hard. Thank you for that.

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Feb 21, 2020

lol

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Feb 17, 2020

As someone with a big suffix (think III, IV, V, etc.), I leave it off. Keeping it sounds like I'm trying to flaunt something that I don't have (i.e. it sounds old money/waspy but I'm neither)

Feb 18, 2020

As long as your middle name doesn't begin with "Thur" - like Thurgood or Thurston or asdfasd

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Feb 18, 2020

Pretentious name in Poker:

Chris Moneymaker

Annddd dude manages to with the 2003 world series! What a guy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Moneymaker
"Moneymaker was working as an accountant when he won a seat in the Main Event of the 2003 World Series of Poker through a $86 satellite tournament at the PokerStars online poker card room. Although largely unknown prior to the tournament, on day one of the tournament his skills caught the attention of professional sports handicapper Lou Diamond, who called Moneymaker his "dark horse to win the whole tournament."[7] Moneymaker went on to win the first prize of $2.5 million, instantly garnering poker superstar status. The 2003 WSOP Main Event was his first live poker tournament."

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Feb 19, 2020

if there is any possible argument for live poker being rigged (there isn't) it's a dude named chris moneymaker winning the wsop

Feb 18, 2020

Dude, a buddy of mine, Louis Winthorpe III, was a commodities broker for Duke & Duke. The firm was founded by wealthy brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke, who believe Louis to be "a very steady young man" with a preternatural ability to predict trends in various commodities markets. But that didnt stop the Duke brothers from making Louis a pawn in a nature vs. nurture social experiment. They decide to ruin Louis' life and hire a destitute panhandler, Billy Ray Valentine, to replace him at Duke & Duke and in his brownstone. The scheme is both elegant and thorough - they frame Louis for theft, fire him from his job, evict him, freeze his bank accounts, and plant PCP on him. Ouch!

Feb 19, 2020

is this the plot of a dukes of hazzard episode

Feb 19, 2020

I think this is the plot of Trading Places

I'm a fun guy. Obviously I love the game of basketball. I mean there's more questions you have to ask me in order for me to tell you about myself. I'm not just gonna give you a whole spill... I mean, I don't even know where you're sitting at

Feb 18, 2020
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