Poll: Teachers wary of certain names

Sept. 7, 2009 at 7:45 PM

LONDON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- British researchers said a poll of the country's teachers suggests instructors are immediately wary of students named Callum, Chelsea, Connor and Jack.

Parenting club Bounty.com said its poll of 3,000 school teachers found 49 percent of teachers make assumptions about students based solely on their names, the Daily Mail reported Monday.

Names cited by teachers as suggesting naughtiness include Brandon, Charlie, Courtney, Chardonnay, Aliesha, Casey and Crystal.

However, the teachers said some names lead them to believe a child will be well-behaved, including Alexander, Adam, Christopher, Benjamin, Elisabeth, Charlotte, Emma and Hannah.

"Teachers are only human and make assumptions like the rest of us," said Faye Mingo of Bounty.com. "Rightly or wrongly, most of us make assumptions based on something as simple as a person's name and we base these on our previous experiences.

"It's only natural for teachers to make judgments based on the behavior and performance of former pupils with the same name, but I'm sure that they are happy for to be proved wrong," Mingo said.

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