We often feel that people’s first names suit their faces in some way. Evidence
has already shown that we share common stereotypes about how people with
particular names should look. Here, we investigate whether there is any accuracy
to these beliefs. Simply, can we match people’s names to their faces? Across two
experiments, we tested whether American (Experiment 1) and British participants
(Experiment 2) were able to match the first names of strangers with photographs
of their faces. Although Experiment 1 provided some initial support for accuracy
in female participants, we were unable to replicate this result in Experiment 2.
Therefore, we find no overall evidence to suggest that particular names and faces
are associated with each other.