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Top 10 Bad Boy Names

080125-bully-vmed1pwidecNote to self keep my kid away from Alec, Ernest, and Ivan. They’re all trouble makers…or that’s what a new study would lead one to believe.

A recent study has apparently found that boys who were given ‘unpopular, uncommon or feminine’ names  are at a higher risk for being ‘bad’ and are more likely to spend time in the slammer.  The top ten bad boy names are:

Alec
Ernest
Garland
Ivan
Kareem
Luke
Malcolm
Preston
Tyrell
Walter

“Shippensburg University professor David Kalist’s report in Social Science Quarterly shows that “unpopular names are likely not the cause of crime”, but he explains that factors often associated with those names can “increase the tendency toward juvenile delinquency.””

The study also points out that oddly named boys are also “ridiculed by peers, come from families of low socioeconomic status and face discrimination in the workforce.”

As Johnny Cash penned sang in the classic ode to odd names, “I tell ya, life ain’t easy for a boy named “Sue.”

Do you think this study is totally silly or does it have merit?

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