Oh so that explains why I am bad

Not silly first name syndrome, but instead bad name syndrome.

Apparently boys named Cameron are dreadfully behaved.

It has long been claimed that names can influence your chances of doing well in life and now it seems that monikers can impact on behaviour at school as well.

According to a new study, children named Jacob, Daniel, Amy and Emma are the most likely to display impeccable behaviour while those named Ella, William, Olivia and Joshua are most often to be found on the naughty step.

The findings come from a survey that looked at the names of more than 63,000 school children who logged good behaviour or achievement awards in online sticker books.

Those with the most good behaviour awards were named Jacob and Amy, closely followed by Georgia and Daniel.

By contrast, girls named Ella and Bethany and boys named Joseph and Cameron proved to be the naughtiest.

Other naughty names for boys included William, Jake, Joshua and Jamie while recalcitrant girls were also called Eleanor, Olivia, Laura and Holly.

Well-behaved names included Emma, Grace, Charlotte and Sophie for girls and Thomas, James, Adam and Harry for boys.


It’s an old article the Herald is republishing supposedly because it was popular at the time.

They really are phoning it in this holiday.


– NZ Herald


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  • Nige.

    my name is nigel and i have friends. Two of them. So there.

    • Whafe

      It’s all good Nige, a good thing if you can fit all your mates in a Nifty 50. ;)

    • ex-JAFA

      I thought I had two friends, but it turns out it’s just one friend and a friend-in-law.

    • Ginny

      True friends are like diamonds, precious and rare. False friends are like leaves scattered everywhere. So there, don’t worry about only having 2 friends ;)

  • Whafe

    Am sure Cameron doesn’t mean muddy swamp as my name does.

    I know a couple of Cameron’s and this stat is incorrect…

    • Nige.

      Cameron 1 kindergarten, was a pratt
      Cameron 2 was a drunk driver cousin of mine from memory. as a kid never wiped his nose.
      cameron 3 was my boss in aussie who hated spending. would always by the 2nd cheapest tools and would hate paying to have them repaired.

      • Whafe

        It is amazing how names from the past and growing up are with us forever….

        My best mates name is Nigel, so am onto you… LOLz

  • sheppy

    The shoutiest kid around our neighbourhood is called Sophie so maybe that disproves it. However her parents only ever intervene when her shouting has exceeded permanent ear damage by a huge margin so perhaps I need to see where they appear on the list too.

  • conwaycaptain

    Cameron from the Clan Cameron. The Chief is Cameron of Lochiel and is known as Lochiel.
    They fought with the Lochaber Axe as that is where they are from.
    Their War Cry translates along the line of The Dogs of War are Upon You.
    My Third name is Cameron as my parents had a romantic weekend in 1946 in the Cameron Highlands. They were both in the Navy and Dad was one of the 1st into Changi in 45.
    My Mother was an Elliott. One of the Border rievers, read the Steel Bonnets by George Macdonald Fraser. The biggest bunch of Cattle Rustling, Sheep Stealing, Murdering, Plundering Raping Bastards that ever sat astrode a horse. In other words all time Good Guys.

    • viking

      The Vikings were prolific progenitors.

      If you don’t think you have Viking blood
      in you, think again. The Scandinavians of the Viking Age spread their
      seed and their people across the known world. Below is a list of modern
      countries and how likely you are to be a Viking descendant if you are
      from one of them.

      England — the city of York was
      once the Norse city of Jorvik, and the Vikings at one point had carved
      out half of Britain for themselves in a territory called Danelaw. If
      your are British or Scottish, it is VERY likely you have Viking in you.

      Ireland — the cities of Dublin,
      Wexford, Cork, Limerick, and others were all founded by the Vikings. If
      you are Irish, it is VERY likely you have Viking in you.

      More at http://cjadrien.com/2014/12/18/5-facts-everyone-should-know-about-the-vikings/

  • Toothbrush76

    You will be pleased to know that not only are you “naughty” but you are also considered by experts to be “obnoxious”. Maybe the two are synonymous.
    Quoted from the editorial in the Dominion this morning –
    “The issues they raised – the Government’s ties with an obnoxious blogger ………”.

    • Hard1

      The left are hurting badly, TB76. They have been relentlessly pulled up on their endless lies, in the full public glare of Whaleoil media. They hate it. This has never happened to them before. They’ve been getting away with whingeing whining about poverty and inequality and global warming for over a decade.
      The left are all shell and no crayfish.

      • Toothbrush76

        Spending over Christmas seems to give the lie to poverty and inequality. WO has been very good for NZ, it has united the silent majority.
        Talking of crayfish, we were given one the day before Christmas but I had to freeze it. I will get it out again for New Year.

  • InnerCityDweller

    Liam and Ryan would be top of my list of names of kids who were/are absolute little horrors.

  • viking

    What about Dhylan and its extensions for bad?

  • hifuncblonde

    So why do I only get called Bethany when I’m being good?