Teachers reveal the naughtiest and nicest baby names ahead of Christmas

Posted in Baby Names.

An annual study has asked not only teachers but children and their parents about the naughtiest and nicest baby names – based on their personal experience of kids with those names – and the results are pretty interesting (albeit non-scientific!)

What’s in a name?

UK companies My Nametags and CensusWide have joined forces to ask 1,500 respondents about the relationships between names and “good” or “bad” behaviour in children. 

Survey-takers were asked to rank a list of 20 boy and girl names according to whether they considered those names to be naughty or nice (and a few other things too!)

My Nametags managing director Lars Anderson told The Mirror: “We know that there are strong stereotypes attached to names and that someone’s first name can really paint a picture of what they are like.”

“It was interesting to discover that these stereotypes are formed from a young age, with children and adults quick to make judgements about children based on their first name alone.”

Once the results were tallied, a list of names was pulled together and it’s officially 2019’s naughty and nice list. Let’s take a peek! #GrainOfSalt

The naughtiest boys’ names were:

  1. Jack
  2. Harry
  3. Charlie
  4. Oliver 
  5. George

The nicest boys’ names were:

  1. Arthur
  2. Noah
  3. Oscar
  4. Muhammad
  5. Leo

Christmas child

The naughtiest girls’ names were:

  1. Mia
  2. Ella
  3. Isabella
  4. Amelia 
  5. Sophia

The nicest girls’ names were listed as:

  1. Isla
  2. Ava
  3. Grace
  4. Olivia
  5. Emily

Kindness, intelligence, manners

But that’s not all. The survey also revealed more about stereotypes and names.

For instance, the name George was thought to denote intelligence and kindness (despite also being ‘naughty’).

The name Isabella was associated with intelligence too but also with being ‘spoilt’ – as was the name Harry.

“Other well-mannered boy names included Noah, Oscar, Muhammed, and Leo, while ‘good’ girls had names like Ava, Grace, Olivia, and Emily,” TODAY reports.



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