New study reveals the top names linked to academic success: Good news for those who named their kids John or Marie

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What's in a name? Future genius potential, apparently. 

New data from writing platform Edubirdie has identified the top 20 names which have proven to be among the most academically successful.

Assessing the names of just under 1,000 leading scientists, Nobel Prize winners and Mensa members, they devised a list of the 11 boys' names most commonly shared by 'geniuses', as well as the top nine for girls. 

And if want you want your bub to grow into a future thought leader, it looks like Marie or John should be among your top picks.

Think Marie Curie, a groundbreaking scientist and the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and the only woman to win in two different categories. Or mathematician John F. Nash - who inspired the biopic A Beautiful Mind.

According to The Mirror, the top list for girls was: 

Marie
Elizabeth
Ellen
Susan
Ada
Barbara
Irene
Jane
Nadia

While for boys it was: 

John
Robert
William
James
Thomas
George
Richard
Charles
Carl
Paul
Michael     

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It's not the first study to put John at the top of the list. In 2016 genealogy site Moose Roots looked at close to 15,000 names from leaders in their respective scientific, mathematic, artistic and philosophy field and devised a 'top 26' list of the names they most commonly shared. 

Their study revealed that for boys, John, Robert, William, Charles and David were the most commonly successful, while for girls Mary, Elizabeth, Maria, Anne and Margaret were the top names.

Though not everyone is hoping to raise a little genius. If you're more keen to raise a Hollywood star then take note of Flower Card's study, which broke down 20,000 names of celebrities across film, TV and music and found the most common names of A-listers.

So if you're looking to be a plus one at your child's red carpet appearance one day, consider calling your daughter Kate - among the most common name female for Academy Award winners, or Robert, which also ranked high among acting accolades.

Though it's worth noting that statistically, the top names would also have been among the most commonly used, pushing them higher up the list.