Choosing a name for a child is probably one of the most difficult decisions expectant parents will make. After all, names are forever (for the most part), and there are so many factors taken into consideration when it comes to choosing the perfect name for a child. Names are often influenced by culture, family tradition, popular culture, and popularity. While many expectant parents are checking the baby name websites to see the lists of which names are trendy, many aren't looking at a different list that may give a bit of a glimpse into their child's personality!
A recent study done by School Stickers examined 63,000 school children whose behavior was tracked using an online sticker book. Researchers looked at those who received good behavior stickers and those who received poor behavior stickers and compiled the names of the boys and girls most associated with naughty and nice behavior!
Shockingly (or not so much, depending on how many Ella's you know) the name Ella was associated with the naughtiest behavior in girls. That was followed by Bethany, Eleanor, Olivia, Laura, Holly, Courtney, Amber, Caitlin, and Jade. What might shock people, even more, is that Olivia was the most popular girl's name in the US in 2018, which means if this study is correct there are going to be a lot of frustrated kindergarten teachers in a few years!
As for boys, Joseph was the number one name of boys associated with naughty behavior followed by Cameron, William, Jake, Joshua, Jamie, Lewis, Benjamin, Ethan, and Luke. The names associated with the nicest behavior for girls were Amy, Georgia, Emma, Charlotte, Grace, Sophie, Abigail, Hannah, Emily, and Alice. The nicest boys were named Jacob, Daniel, Thomas, James, Adam, Harry, Samuel, Jack, and Oliver.
Many of the names on all these lists are some of the most popular baby names in the last few years, which is not surprising. Chances of a child's name landing on a list of naughty children with that same name would only increase the more popular that name is. It goes to reason that if there is a lot of school-age Ellas or Josephs at least some of them will exhibit naughty behavior. Still, expectant parents have so many things to consider when naming their child, and many may want to avoid a name associated with 'naughty' behavior. Despite the research, many aren't convinced that certain names can predict personalities or behavior and won't be swayed if a name they love is on the 'naughty' list. There are many factors to look at when choosing a baby name and it's up to the parents to decide on the name that works best for them, naughty or nice.