The names of the 'best' and 'worst' behaved children have been revealed

Do you know a child called Jack or Mia?

Well, according to a new survey, kids with those names are perceived to be the naughtiest children.

The tongue-in-cheek research from My Nametags and Censuswide in the UK asked 1500 teachers, parents and children to describe names that reflect the best and worst-behaved kids.

For girls, it turns out that the name Mia is most associated with bad behaviour, as is Ella. For boys, Jack and Harry are tipped to be the naughtiest kids in the class.


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Meanwhile, children named Isla and Arthur are deemed to be the best-behaved children in school.

Lower down the list of naughty boy names are Charlie, Oliver and George. And for girls it’s Isabella, Amelia and Sophia.

The company behind the survey says compiling the list is just a bit of fun but it’s a fascinating look at how kids, adults and teachers react to names.

"It was interesting to discover that these stereotypes are formed from a young age,” says Lars Anderson Managing Director of My Nametags. “With children and adults quick to make judgements about children based on their first name alone."

For parents-to-be, he admits that this can make finding a name for a child extra tricky.

"These beliefs can make the difficult task of naming a child even more challenging, but we hope that our research will help give expectant parents an insight into society's opinions of the most popular boys and girls names in the UK right now."

Naughtiest girls names

  1.  Mia
  2. Ella
  3. Isabella
  4. Amelia
  5. Sophia

Naughtiest boys names

  1.  Jack
  2. Harry
  3. Charlie
  4. Oliver
  5. George

Best behaved boys names

  1. Arthur
  2. Noah
  3. Oscar
  4. Muhammad
  5. Leo

Best behaved girls names

  1. Isla
  2. Ava
  3. Grace
  4. Olivia
  5. Emily

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