The more unusual a teenage boy’s name is, the more likely he is to run afoul of the law, a study finds. Irrespective of race, uncommon names like Ivan, Malcolm, and Alec—as opposed to Michael or David—more often belong to kids who act up, researchers say. It’s probably not the names at fault, but connected factors like a deprived background, the Telegraph notes.
The boys may “act out because they dislike their names or are treated differently by their peers,” says the study’s publisher. The authors add, “First name characteristics may help identify individuals at high risk of committing crime, leading to more effective and targeted intervention programs.”