According to the online job matching company, The Ladder, the shorter a person’s last name is the more money they are likely to make. In a study from last year, they found that all other things being equal, a Dave will make more money than a David and a Dan will make more money than either a Daniel or even a Dave. They’ve even quantified this effect. On average, each extra letter in a person’s first name costs $3600 per year in lost income. All of this begs the question, why would someone add an extra letter at the end of their name, when it is a silent letter. If one went by Ann instead of Anne that would equate to over $150,000 in extra wages over the course of person’s career.