Having a traditional name may add up to a year to your life, suggests a new study that found black men with historically distinctive names, such as Elijah and Moses, lived a year longer than other black males.
The researchers ruled out socioeconomic and environmental factors such as single-parent households, education and occupation. "A whole additional year on their lives, in mortality terms, is remarkable," Cook said.
The study examined 3 million death certificates from 1802 to 1970. Other studies that looked at current black names such as Jamal and Lakisha suggest that having these modern-day monikers leads to discrimination.
The researchers said that men with these Old Testament names may have been held to a higher standard in academic and other activities, and had stronger family or community ties and all of these help these men live longer.