What's in a Name: Certain Names Put Teachers on Edge

September 22, 2009 (PLANSPONSOR (b)lines) - A study of 3,000 British school teachers revealed more than one in three expect children with certain names to be more of a handful than others.

According to a press release from Bounty, its poll revealed 49% of teachers make assumptions about a child when they take their first look at the register in September. The same percentage admitted a sense of foreboding when they glimpse at the names at the register on the first day of term.

The study found girls called Chelsea, Courtney, Chardonnay, Aliesha, Casey, and Crystal put teachers on edge as do boys named Callum, Connor, Jack, Daniel, Brandon and Charlie.

“Teachers are only human and make assumptions like the rest of us. 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,” said Bounty’s Faye Mingo, in the press release.

The poll also revealed the school register often provides a source of amusement for teachers. Seventy-one percent often have a little chuckle to themselves about the more obscure names, and 69% say they often have difficulty pronouncing some of the weird and wacky names parents have chosen for their children.

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