A new study has revealed the names that will decide whether your children are nice as pie or destined to end up in the naughty corner.
It turns out William Shakespeare got it oh so wrong.
The bard may have believed that there’s not much in a name, but according to a new study a rose by any other name would not necessarily smell as sweet.
Take note, parents-to-be and those who are looking to assume new identities, we now have (somewhat) definitive proof there are some names that are regularly bestowed upon well-behaved angels and another set of names that are, shall we say, given to kids of a less perfect reputation.
The study, commissioned by School Stickers, found that children named Jacob, Daniel, Amy and Emma are the most likely to behave impeccably while those named Ella, William, Olivia and Joshua are the most unruly. The findings come from a survey that looked at the names of more than 63,000 school children who logged good behavior or achievement awards in online sticker books.
The naughtiest and nicest baby names
Naughtiest girls names
Ella, Bethany, Eleanor, Olivia, Laura, Holly, Courtney, Amber, Caitlin and Jade.
Naughtiest boys names
Joseph, Cameron, William, Jake, Joshua, Jamie, Lewis, Benjamin, Ethan and Luke.
Nicest girls names
Amy, Georgia, Emma, Charlotte, Grace, Sophie, Abigail, Hannah, Emily and Alice.
Nicest boys names
Jacob, Daniel, Thomas, James, Adam, Harry, Samuel, Jack, Oliver and Ryan.
As a ‘Laura’ I have to say that this study explains a lot. I’ve always known I was a bad seed and now at least I have an explanation for my maverick ways.During my teenage years I was the queen of wearing non-school approved ribbons in my hair, read Dracula under the desk during the day instead of paying attention to my teachers and regularly stayed up much later than my mother would allow. But what could she expect after so brazenly picking a name from the naughty list?
It took me a long time to get on board with my Little House on the Prairie inspired moniker, but I have to admit that I’ve finally made my peace with it. I’m sure my fellow Courtneys, Ambers, Benjamins and Ethans can agree that there’s not much you can do when you’re born bad.
Did your name make it onto the naughty or nice lists? What factors influence your baby name choices?