“What’s in a name?,” William Shakespeare once asked. Apparently, a lot, especially in the world of dating apps. According to a dating app called The Grade, your name can actually tell you how many people are going to swipe right on your profile.
The Grade is a female-friendly mobile dating app that has the same swiping functionalities as Tinder but also lets you score your matches with letter grades and vote off users who “fail” to meet quality standards. Using data from its 100,000 users, it determined which male and female names attract the most right-swipes. For women, Brianna, Erika and Lexi came out on top, with Brianna in the lead with 70% of guys swiping right on profiles of women with that name. So who fared the worst? Well, if your name is Tiffany, you may want to try to meet someone IRL — only 28% of guys swiped right on profiles of women with that name.
For men, names that were deemed hottest by the app are Brett, Tyler, Corey, Andy and Noah — 23 to 24 % of women swiped right on profiles of dudes with these names. Poor Joel came in at last place with only 3% of right swipes.
The Grade has data on which other name was most likely to match with the hottest names. Matches includes Erikas and Joes (Jerikas), Jessicas and Bretts (Bressicas) and Briannas and Seans (Brianeans… okay, that one doesn’t work so well).
The app has some spelling suggestions for your current name to help you get more likes, because at the end of the day you should totally change your name for a stranger you’ve never met (ummm…). For some, it may already be your nickname, like Nikki instead of Nicole (50.1% vs. 45.9%) or Jen instead of Jennifer (54.3% vs. 44.9%). However, Rebecca was preferred over Becky, and if your name is Alison, shortening your name to Aly with a “y” has more match potential than Ali or Allie.
We might just stick to, you know, our name, and hope for fate to point us in the direction of the real right swipe.
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