[Grammar] people's names attracting them to occupations

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And there's even a psychological theory about people's names attracting them to occupations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nominative_determinism
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Which does the sentence mean?
a. ...about people's names' attracting them to occupations.
b. ...about people's names which attract (=attracting) them to occupations.
or
c. the two don't have significant difference.

I am always confused about this. :-?

PS it is originally here:
https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/256822-Rebecca-Runner

(Why do I post it again? Because the question don't get answered.)

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It's a theory (of questionable validity) that a person's name has something to do with the occupation they choose.

Pay attention to the sense of the sentence.
 

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It's a theory (of questionable validity) that a person's name has something to do with the occupation they choose.

Pay attention to the sense of the sentence.
I know its sense but I just don't understand why the word attracting uses an -ing form.
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Which does the sentence mean?
a. ...about people's names' attracting them to occupations.
b. ...about people's names which attract (=attracting) them to occupations.
or
c. the two don't have significant difference.
Sorry, maybe I should have said, 'what dost the grammatical point to ...about people's names attracting them to occupations?'
 
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Grammatically, 'attracting' is a present participle modifying 'names'.
Personally, I take it to mean the following:

b. ...about people's names which attract (=attracting) them to occupations.
 
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