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Boys With Unpopular Names More Likely to Break Law

http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/...YEUl9sdHADMQ--

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livescience.com Wed Jan 28, 1:05 pm ETBoys in the United States with common names like Michael and David are less likely to commit crimes than those named Ernest or Ivan.

David E. Kalist and Daniel Y. Lee of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania compared the first names of male juvenile delinquents to the first names of male juveniles in the population. The researchers constructed a popularity-name index (PNI) for each name. For example, the PNI for Michael is 100, the most frequently given name during the period. The PNI for David is 50, a name given half as frequently as Michael. The PNI is approximately 1 for names such as Alec, Ernest, Ivan, Kareem, and Malcolm.

Results show that, regardless of race, juveniles with unpopular names are more likely to engage in criminal activity. The least popular names were associated with juvenile delinquency among both blacks and whites.

The findings, announced today, are detailed in the journal Social Science Quarterly.

While the names are likely not the cause of crime, the researchers argue that "they are connected to factors that increase the tendency to commit crime, such as a disadvantaged home environment, residence in a county with low socioeconomic status, and households run by one parent."

"Also, 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," according to a statement released by the journal's publisher. "Juveniles with unpopular names may also act out because they consciously or unconsciously dislike their names."

The findings could help officials " identify individuals at high risk of committing or recommitting crime, leading to more effective and targeted intervention programs," the authors conclude.
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Ernest, I believe, has been to jail.
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F'ed-up names are just by-products F'ed-up parents that give their children F-ed-up upbrings.

Where is the news in this?
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My son has an uncommon name. This is not because I'm a "f'ed-up parent", sorry to disappoint.

He's pretty sly, though. If he goes bad he'll be like a Bond super-villain rather than a run-of-the-mill thug.
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30 years with an un common name and I havent been in jail....yet
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Well yeah, Ivan, duh... rooskies are all evil.
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I believe I have an uncommon name.

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You should all know this already

You should always name your boy "Sue".

That makes sure things will go well for him.
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Re: Boys With Unpopular Names More Likely to Break Law

Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
My son has an uncommon name. This is not because I'm a "f'ed-up parent", sorry to disappoint.

He's pretty sly, though. If he goes bad he'll be like a Bond super-villain rather than a run-of-the-mill thug.
After re-reading my post, I should have posted slightly different.

F'ed-up parents that give their children F'ed-up names will most likely give them F-ed-up upbringings.

I was not trying to be disappointed.
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I always thought guys who had unpopular names were hot. They've always been well hung in my experience!
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creepy with a capital E


Jacob, the guy with the most popular
boy's name for nine years running...

http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/
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Originally Posted by wishbone View Post

Jacob, the guy with the most popular
boy's name for nine years running...

http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/
Who Hoo, I'm # 6.
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Prepare to be FREAKED OUT by these videos:

http://www.ssa.gov/pgm/flash/jacob.htm
http://www.ssa.gov/pgm/flash/emily.htm
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Originally Posted by DeltaSigChi4 View Post
I believe I have an uncommon name.

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Uh. Based on some of your previous threads that you started, I think you might just be confirming the study...







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Ernest, I believe, has been to jail.
No, Not me. I might have been apprehened for a trespassing charge for swimminig in quary when I was like 12 in the early 70's. I was like okay, I'am busted for swimming.
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Originally Posted by DeltaSigChi4 View Post
I believe I have an uncommon name.
theory proved!
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Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
My son has an uncommon name. This is not because I'm a "f'ed-up parent", sorry to disappoint.

He's pretty sly, though. If he goes bad he'll be like a Bond super-villain rather than a run-of-the-mill thug.
I'm sure little Brigham will grow up to be an upstanding member of society.
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Who Hoo, I'm # 6.
I'm #397! I'm not sure if that's unpopular or not. Maybe I'll just become a little bit of a criminal...

BTW, my middle name is #6!
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I was in the top 5 (in my birth year), and both my kids (1 boy, 1 girl) are in the top 100-- so they'll no doubt be little angels.
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I'm currently at #145. I've been sliding down the charts pretty consistently over the last 35 years or so. Middle name is #238 and is currently having a bit of a resurgence.

My son's name is currently at #54. Middle name is #57. Guess he's faring pretty well for himself.
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time to drown thyself in a jug of mead

Hrothgar is not in the top 1000 names for any year of birth in the last 9 years.
Please enter another name.
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Originally Posted by Rockmjd23 View Post
Mine is at #138 and it's gotten steadily unpopular over the years. So sad too, because it's a Gospel writer's name.
Your name is God?!

None of my Nieces or Nephews are in the top 1000 for the last 10 years, except for 1 who is ranges from around 500-900 during that span. I better watch out at family gatherings (my kids are both around #100 for the past 10 years, though my daughters name shot up to the top 30 the past 3 years).

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I named my son Rapey, and so far he hasn't broken any laws.
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Wow mine is not even in the top 1000. Im screwed.

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