If it's Danny or Aimee, there's trouble ahead

8th April 2005 at 01:00
What's in a name? Well, quite a lot if you're a teacher. So NQTs, be warned.

The names on your class register could provide an indication of what sort of first year you will have.

If the list has Ryans, Waynes, Dannys and Aarons, you could be in for a tough time, according to classroom lags. And it could get even worse if the girls' register includes Chantelles, Leannes, Aimees and Jades.

These are some of the names that are notorious for cheek, insolence and all round bad behaviour in the classroom.

A debate on the TES Staffroom forum on "which kids names send your blood pressure soaring", has attracted almost 140 contributions. And the same suspects crop up time and again.

Apart from those already mentioned Callum, Liam, Shane and Marcus get several votes, with one teacher claiming: "No matter which continent I've worked on, those names meant trouble!"

Another poster claims that "any child, usually female, named after a towncity, car or alcoholic drink" can be trouble.

Surnames used as first names such as Taylor, Madison, Harrison and Mitchell also got teachers' backs up. So do conventional names spelt in new and usual ways, such as Jaysen, Kris, Kaye-Leigh and Meloney.

Infancy expert, Nadia Reissland, a psychologist at the University of Aberdeen, said: "People give their children certain names because they want them to stand out, but children in turn react because others might tease them.

"Children can grow into their names depending on how others react and perceive them. It is possible that one bad experience of a Ryan or Leanne can taint a teacher's view of that name forever."

However some names did elicit sympathy from teachers. One admitted to have a Cassiopeia and Orion in her class, "sister and brother whose parents had a stargazing fetish".

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