UKIP leader furious at people calling him Dick Braine – even though that's his name

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The new leader of UKIP is getting the right hump because people keep calling him Dick Braine – even though that’s his name.

Sure, it appears as Richard on his birth certificate, but Dick Braine seems the perfect label for a man heading that party.

It could even be an example of “nominative determinism”– that is when a person’s given name seems to drive them towards a job or career that matches it.

Experts claim it is down to something called “implicit egotism” — when people think most positively about the thing that is associated with their monicker.

Of course, it could all just be glorious coincidence.

The new leader of Britain’s UKIP Richard, aka Dick, Braine

Sure, it appears as Richard on his birth certificate, but Dick Braine seems the perfect label for a man heading that party

Anyway, here are a few more fascinating and funny examples of people who were just made for their jobs.

Sara Blizzard BBC weather forecaster. Colleagues in the US are called Amy Freeze, Storm Field and Larry Sprinkle.

Richard Chopp Vasectomy surgeon from Austin, Texas.

D Weedon Another urologist from Brisbane, Australia.

Marietta Clinkscales A piano teacher who taught Duke Ellington.

US weather presenter Amy Freeze

Scott Speed Californian racing driver.

Marina Stepanova Russian champion 400m hurdler. Her Bulgarian counterpart, Vania Stambolova, was less successful.

Anna Smashnova Israeli tennis player.

Lieutenant Les McBurney A firefighter in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

Svetlana Filippova Russian diver.

Rem Koolhaas Dutch architect.

Mark De Man Belgian soccer defender currently playing for Stade Bierbeek.

Mark De Man Belgian soccer defender currently playing for Stade Bierbeek

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Dr Barth Toothman Orthodontist in Ohio.

Law Power Canadian Mounted Police officer.

Judge Igor Judge Lord Judge, former Lord Chief Justice.

Ann and Frank Webb Founders of the British Tarantula Society.

Roy Rumble Acoustics and vibration engineer from Australia.

Carla Dove Prominent US ornithologist from Virginia..

Nick Rock Geologist from Australia.

Bob Flowerdew

Bob Flowerdew BBC gardening expert.

Sue Yoo New York lawyer.

Gary Wood Australian furniture maker.

Dr Scott Pett Vet from Massachusetts.

Dr Harry Beaver American obstetrician and gynaecologist.

Usain Bolt Jamaican sprinter was the fastest man on Earth.



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