A new study has found that, among teenage boys, there is a correlation between the popularity of their names, and their likelihood to commit crime.
Researchers created a popularity-name index for each name, which ranks names in order of their occurrence on a scale of 1 to 100. They found that teen boys with the least popular names were more likely to be involved in criminal behavior. Although they do not believe that the names are the cause of crime, researchers say 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." Furthermore, adolescents with unpopular names may be treated differently by their peers, making it more difficult for them to build stable, trusting relationships. [EurekAlert]