Anything but Sue
Posted by Peter Kenneally on July 16, 2009
But young men named Kareem, Walter or Ivan could run afoul of the law.
That’s according to a recent US study that claims the more unpopular, uncommon or feminine a boy’s first name, the greater the chance he will end up behind bars.
While Shippensburg University professor David Kalist’s report in Social Science Quarterly shows that “unpopular names are likely not the cause of crime,” he explains that factors often associated with those names can “increase the tendency toward juvenile delinquency.”
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.
Jay Corzine, chairman of the University of Central Florida’s sociology department, said, “Some kids could have a name that leads to teasing and being picked on and, in return, that child could become aggressive with others.”
Top 10 bad-boy names
Alec, Ernest, Garland, Ivan, Kareem, Luke, Malcolm, Preston, Tyrell, Walter.’
Wow. Alec? Luke? Malcolm?