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What will Boris Johnson’s son be called?

Written by Steven White

Find out why the prime minister’s choice of baby name could have a big impact on his son’s future.

As the nation tries to predict the name that Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds will choose for their new arrival, research conducted has revealed that the choice of name for a child can have a big impact on how they are perceived, and even their chances of success.

The research, carried out among British parents, teachers and children, found that boys named Jack are the most likely to misbehave, with almost a quarter of those researched agreeing that this is the UK’s naughtiest name.

Jack the Lad

It seems that bad behaviour is also closely connected to intellect, with those named Jack also expected to be the least intelligent.

By contrast, boys named George are considered to be the brightest, with over one in 10 claiming that this is the most intellectual name of all of those included in 2019’s top baby names list.

George is also associated with kindness, with both teachers and children considering boys with this name to be kind-hearted.

The research, which was conducted by leading name label manufacturer, My Nametags, also found that a child’s name can have a significant impact on a child’s success in later life.

Revealing patterns

Using data from trade bodies, university databases and court records, the company found that there are strong patterns amongst the names of Britain’s highest achievers.

David was found to be the most common name amongst the UK’s highest earners, with the name emerging top amongst millionaires.

The name also appeared most amongst police officers, lawyers and MPs, including Boris’s former friend at Oxford, David Cameron, suggesting that this might be the perfect name if the Prime Minister has plans for the youngster to follow in his footsteps.

It’s those named James and Thomas that appear most commonly at the UK’s top universities, whilst Steve and Peter are the top names amongst men leading FTSE 100 companies.

John is the most common name amongst doctors, with 500 more registered doctors named John than any other name in Britain. However, the PM should proceed with caution when considering this name, as it is also the most common names amongst criminals in the UK.

Men named William are most likely to be creative types, often becoming artists and authors; whereas those called Chris are the sportiest in the country, with this name appearing frequently amongst British Olympians, Sir Chris Hoy being a prime example.

Early stereotypes

Commenting on the findings, Lars B. Andersen, Managing Director at My Nametags, said: “We supply nametags to thousands of parents across the UK every year so have a huge amount of insight into current trends and opinions around baby names.

“Like everyone in Britain, we are eagerly awaiting the announcement of Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ new baby’s name, which got us thinking about the huge impact that a child’s name can have on society’s perception of them, as well as their chances of success later in life.

“We were interested to discover that these stereotypes are formed from a very young age, with children and adults quick to make judgements about children based on their first name alone.

“What’s more, the research suggested that a child’s name can have a genuine influence on their future path, with strong patterns emerging amongst the names of those in certain careers. This can make the process of naming a child daunting, but we’re sure it’s a challenge that the Prime Minister will take in his stride. We can’t wait to find out what the new arrival is called.”

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