Did you know that boys with girlish names are more likely (than boys with boyish names) to exhibit behavioral problems in school?
Here’s how Prof. David N. Figlio explained the relationship to LiveScience:
When in elementary school, boys named Ashley and Shannon, for instance, behave just like their more masculine-named classmates named Brian and other boyish names.
“Once these kids hit sixth grade, all of a sudden the rates of disciplinary problems skyrocket [for those boys with girlish names], and it was much more the case if there happened to be a girl in the grade with that same name,” Figlio told LiveScience.
Imagine, Figlio said, having to come face-to-face with your girly name every day when there’s a girl in the classroom with a matching moniker. That suggests feelings of self-consciousness, which are perhaps magnified by teasing from others, play a role in the name-behavior link in this case.
Figlio’s study, “Boys named Sue: Disruptive children and their peers,” was published in Education Finance and Policy in 2007.
Source: Bryner, Jeanna. “Good or Bad, Baby Names Have Long-lasting Effects.” LiveScience. 13 June 2010.