Naming Rights (and wrongs)

A new “study” has found that names count. It’s pretty much the same theory expounded on in detail in Freakonomics – that people with dumb names will be picked on, or come from dumb families – and these environmental factors will cause them to grow up pretty screwed up. The study found that:

“Boys with unpopular, girlish or uncommon names often are ridiculed by peers, come from families of low socioeconomic status and face discrimination in the workforce based on a preconceived bias about their names, according to the study, which analysed more than 15,000 names.”

According to the SMH article the top 10 bad-boy names are:

  1. Alec
  2. Ernest
  3. Garland
  4. Ivan
  5. Kareem
  6. Luke
  7. Malcolm
  8. Preston
  9. Tyrell
  10. Walter

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Nathan runs St Eutychus. He loves Jesus. His wife. His daughter. His son. His other daughter. His dog. Coffee. And the Internet. He is the pastor of City South Presbyterian Church, a church in Brisbane, a graduate of Queensland Theological College (M. Div) and the Queensland University of Technology (B. Journ). He spent a significant portion of his pre-ministry-as-a-full-time-job life working in Public Relations, and now loves promoting Jesus in Brisbane and online. He can't believe how great it is that people pay him to talk and think about Jesus. If you'd like to support his writing financially you can do that by giving to his church.

3 thoughts on “Naming Rights (and wrongs)”

  1. Garland really is a bit tragic. One of my students at work is called Armani. He’s 4 at the moment… high school will not be a fun experience for him…

  2. You have to wonder sometimes what planet parents are from. My mother says her favourite student name was spelt S***head – pronounced Shee-hei. As you do.
    Also enjoyed her friend’s stories of New York names, including such gems as ‘Herbal Essences’ (because she liked how it sounded).

  3. I taught a Crystal Bell, and a Tia-Jade, who I just wanted to call Tia-Maria all the time.

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