Those who believe that your name is your fate should consider the diverse reputations of the three English kings named Richard.
First was Richard Lionheart, the very image of a chivalrous knight -- brave in battle, devout in religion, a light to his people.
Next was the forlorn Richard II. Mainly interested in his circle of friends and the finer things in life, he lost his crown because of his perceived weaknesses.
Finally, deserved or not, Richard III earned a reputation for ruthlessness and cruelty. He stands accused of murdering numerous rivals, including two young princes, until finally stopped at the Battle of Bosworth Field.
And what part of U.S. President Richard Nixon's fate did he owe to his name -- his landslide election, or his resignation?