Did you know that there’s a scholarly journal called Death Studies? Uplifting, isn’t it?
Anyway, several years ago Death Studies published a paper about the relationship between initials and longevity.
It looked at the first initials and the lifespans of people in several groups (athletes, doctors, lawyers) and determined that people with D-names actually had slightly shorter lifespans than other people.
From the abstract:
There was a progressive decrease in longevity associated with names beginning with A to D when all athletes were combined. In each sport, athletes whose first names began with the letter D lived fewer years than those whose names collectively began with E to Z. Doctors and lawyers whose first names began with D also died earlier than those whose names began with E to Z but differences were not statistically significant. A Cox-regression survival analysis for athletes comparing those with names beginning with A, B, C and D vs. E to Z indicated that only those whose names began with D (median survival = 68.1 years) differed significantly from those with E to Z names (median survival = 69.9 years).
An unfortunate consequence of the name letter effect?
Source: Abel, Ernest L. and Michael L. Kruger. “Athletes, Doctors, and Lawyers with First Names Beginning with “D” Die Sooner.” Death Studies 34.1 (2009): 71-81. (via Are David, Dan and Doug going to die young?)