A new study says boys with specific names are more likely to be criminals.
If you're trying to decide what to name your soon-to-be son, listen to this: According to a study published in the journal Social Science Quarterly boys with certain names are more likely to grow up to be criminals.
When researchers created a popularity name index for each name, they found that regardless of race, boys named Alec, Ernest, Ivan, Kareem, and Malcolm are associated with juvenile delinquency. And while these names are not the direct cause of criminal behavior, boys with uncommon names are treated differently by other kids, making it difficult for them to form healthy relationships. Also, kids with unpopular names are more prone to acting out because they consciously or unconsciously dislike their names.
The most popular name among boys? Michael followed by David, a name given half as frequently as Michael.