Watch out for Callum, Courtney and Jack

Teachers say they can predict behaviour based on names


Some names are naughtier than others. According to one-third of teachers surveyed in the U.K., they can spot a troublemaker just by looking at their class list. Callum, Courtney and Jack rated among the naughtiest names, while Alexander, Benjamin, Elizabeth and Charlotte were some of the brightest. The survey, conducted by Bounty.com, found that almost half of teachers make assumptions about their students based on their names.


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Watch out for Callum, Courtney and Jack

  1. D'oh!

  2. While I am not bothered by the distinction that Edward is amongst the brainiest names, it does make me wonder about the purpose of the poll. Why go to all that bother? Is there some chance that Courtney Callum gets an extra demerit for a slight infraction because a teacher recognizes the name amongst the troublemakers? Aha, its another one of those Courtneys!

  3. My son's name is Jack. The teachers are correct.

  4. Interestingly, "Jack" is also the most popular baby name in the UK and has been for some time.

  5. What about Shaquan?

  6. Or is it a self fulling prophecy? You (as a teacher) expect it so it happens.

  7. Most teachers also report that kids named "Gaunilon" are sure to be trouble, or at least sure to be self-conscious.

    • And they always end up squabbling with the weird, abstracted kids named Anselm.

      • Luckily the kids named Thomas sort everything out in the end, using the poor souls named Aristotle as their backers.

        • Not to pry, but are you actually named Gaunilon? I think it would be great to be named after a philosopher. I have (as yet!) no sons, and I'm rather prejudiced in favour of using saints' names (if one is of Christian background), but I kind of like the ring of "Plato Mitchell." Googleable, too. And apparently there was a rather outré saint.

        • Canada won't be far behind.

          • Well, at least we're not naming children "Dakota."

          • So what? It's an extremely common name for Muslim families to give to boys. There's no equivalent in the other religions. If you name every third Muslim boy "Mohammed," it's going to be a popular name no matter which country you're in.

  8. A study done about 40 years ago (IIRC) had teachers (in the USA) mark student writing. Identical pieces of writing got different average scores when they had an "unpopular" name than when they had a "popular" name attached.

    So this isn't exactly a new idea.

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