The Science is settled

Finally there is some scientific validation of Silly First Name Syndrome.

Boys growing up with popular names such as Michael, Joshua and Christopher have a good chance of leading law-abiding lives – but those named Kareem, Walter or Ivan could find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

That’s according to a United States study that claims the more unpopular, uncommon or feminine a boy’s first name, the greater the chance he will end up behind bars.

Shippensburg University professor David Kalist’s report in Social Science Quarterly shows that “unpopular names are likely not the cause of crime”, but he explains that factors often associated with those names can “increase the tendency toward juvenile delinquency”.

See, told you, and I just used anecdotal evidence from newspapers and news reports. Good to see that my theories have been validated.

Thanks to all my loyal fans who pointed this out in numerous emails.