Aug 2, 2009
Beware of naming your baby boy Ivan, Malcolm, Alec or Ernest: you could be setting him up for a life of crime.
Two economics professors (inoffensively named David and Daniel) at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania compared the first names of male juvenile delinquents to the first names of male juveniles in the population, and came up with a popularity name index (PNI) for each name. They concluded that, regardless of race, boys with unpopular names are more likely to engage in criminal activity.
Their study was published in the January issue of Social Science Quarterly, and the publisher stated:
“adolescents with unpopular names may be more prone to crime because they are treated differently by their peers, making it more difficult for them to form relationships… Juveniles with unpopular names may also act out because they consciously or unconsciously dislike their names.”