Boys With Unpopular, “Sissy” Names More Likely to Commit Crimes

- By Bossip Staff

A new study shows that men with feminine or unusual names are more likely to hold up a liquor store or pop a cap in somebody’s @ss:

Boys growing up with popular names such as Michael, Joshua and Christopher have a good chance of leading law-abiding lives. But young men named Kareem, Walter or Ivan could run afoul of the law.
That’s according to a recent study that claims the more unpopular, uncommon or feminine a boy’s first name, the greater the chance he will end up behind bars. While Shippensburg (Pa.) University professor David Kalist’s report in Social Science Quarterly shows that “unpopular names are likely not the cause of crime,” he explains that factors often associated with those names can “increase the tendency toward juvenile delinquency.”

Boys with unpopular, girlish or uncommon names often are ridiculed by peers, come from families of low socioeconomic status and face discrimination in the workforce based on a preconceived bias about their names, according to the study, which analyzed more than 15,000 names. Jay Corzine, chairman of the University of Central Florida’s sociology department, said he finds the study “fascinating.” He said family tradition often plays a part in naming a child and that the environment could affect a boy’s upbringing.

“Some kids could have a name that leads to teasing and being picked on and, in return, that child could become aggressive with others,” he added. While academics are intrigued, others are skeptical. “That’s ridiculous, but I do remember a kid in high school named Ezekiel, and we would call him ‘Zeke the Geek,'” said Cynthia Bezeer of Orlando. “He wasn’t so little and would always get in fights with other kids in the hallways. Maybe the teasing over the name really got to him.”

In short, stop naming little boys sh*t that will get their @sses kicked in grade school, and they may not end up at the top of the water tower screaming profanities and picking off random folks.

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  • Seriously...

    smh@ those shirts

  • danielson

    This is crazy. It sounds to me like they are really saying black men are more likely to commit crimes than whites.How typical. Another study in the favor of non afro- american men.

  • brnhornet


    I wonder how much money was wasted on this study while we are in a recession. SMH

  • Knowledge

    From a research standpoint, there is a difference between a causal relationship and merely being correlated. This research finds a correlation between names and the propensity to commit violent crimes. But the name isn’t the cause of the crime. The cause is more closely related to the PARENTS who name their children those names and the environment that those parents raise their children or the values that those parents teach their children.

    To say that a name is the reason for the crime is a stupid argument and potentially leads to bias in hiring practices. A white person reads that report and than has an “usual” name (to them) and dude doesn’t get a job. Stupid…

    – Knowledge

  • onion61

    If I had a nickel for every sociology professor who managed to get funding to conduct a study on some negligible point concerning real or imagined propensities I’d be rich. What they need to be studying is the idiotic belief that bullying of any kind is NOT a rite of passage regardless of your name, race, economic status,etc. Now that’s some research data I’d be interested in reading.

  • Kigali-INTERdependent Black Woman) RIP MJ

    Be real. Boys raised by single black mothers are more likely to commit crimes.

  • the Strawboss

    It did not say the names were the CAUSE, it said “unpopular names are likely not the cause of crime,” he explains that factors often associated with those names can “increase the tendency toward juvenile delinquency.”

    And I believe there is a correlation. Get named “Dumb@ss” and see if you don’t have some issues.


    Well what about the kid celebrity names like: Apple, Seven, Denim, Puma etc… just to name a few. I guess its ok because there living in a whole different whole from reality.

  • Kigali-INTERdependent Black Woman) RIP MJ


    Do you believe there is a connection between the decline of fatherhood and manhood and the increase of homosexuality? Manhood has taken a beating for a few decades now and fatherhood has been made obsolete especially in the black community.

  • Nola

    @Kigali i agree with you on say sigle mother may produce badder kids but i’ll take it a step farther and say single mothers who have bad parenting skills produce the worst kids, especially boys.

    Now , to them Friggen T-shirts

    I’m i the only straight Black man offended by them?

    This not like saying 40 is the new 30, becuz it is all on how you feel at your age.

    saying gay is the new black is a slap in the face to all straight black people.

    ages 40 and 30 or one in the same, if your 40 you can lie and say your 30, who cares.

    you cant lie about being black, it’s a way of life it’s a culture.

    being gay is nothing like being black , when was the last time you heard of a person finally admitting they were black, or had a hard time telling their parents they were black?

    And what about Gay white people? Or they now black?

    All Im saying is whoever made the shirts need to compare their life Choice with a more relevant parallel.

    I will admit Gays are accepted more now than in the past but just becuz they accepted a Black President, doesn’t make your way of life a movement.

  • Its6amHoGetOut

    Damn now two monorails crashed at Disneyworld, wtf?


    This is a racist study. Kareem, Walter and Ivan dont sound feminine to me at all. SMH.

  • vmatt

    People please wake up…… your child will definitely be pre-judged with names like Da’quon, Qwentisha, De’vante, Tanja’nika and the like.

    While your child may be intelligent and well behaved, these names scream GHETTO and that their momma was 16 when she had them!!!!

  • Green Grass

    You see certain names and you just put the resume, back down Laquisha would be one such name. But could anyone explain what all of the [‘] in a name is about.

  • sepia830

    I don’t know about the link to any crimes committed, but I agree with some of the other posters–it is imperative that we stop giving black kids undignified, ghetto-ass names. While working cases at work I have run into the most unbelievable sh*t. The worst one by far? Mariwanna. (Yes you pronounced that right.) That little girl is destined to grown up to be a pole slider or a clucker.

  • MrTavMarie

    OK, this is the 4th dumbest thing I’ve read.

    It’s crap like this that does create the bias in the work force, where employers presume the notion that just because man or a woman may have a “ghetto” name, that they lack intelligence, charisma, class, maturity, and manners. I will admit though, some of the names out there are over the top and somewhat ridiculous, but to assume that a “Andreaka” or a “Khavontavious” will be a criminal just because of their “hood” names is a crying shame. It just proves unfortunately, for those people, they will have to work harder to prove themselves because of their names (if the choose to do so and not fall for the okey-doke like this dumbass study).

    I do agree with pervster, that we as black people should take accountability for our own successes, failures and actions (be it stupid or not).

  • drenk

    This is a bs study. We made fun of a fat guy named Patrick, called him Fat Pat til he cried everyday. Patrick was not a sissy name, he just had the bad luck of being fat and havin a name that rymes with that.

  • Yanb

    Kareem is an arabic name dumba33es.

    It has a wonderful meaning like many other arabic names.

    Names in other countries have meanings.

    Now shut the hell up. Thank you.

  • triangle

    I think the parents are crazy for naming their kids Lexus,Crystalle, Javarius, Dontrevius, and all those ignorant names. This is my first point. Second point is Gay in not the new black. You are a black man or a black woman, before you are gay.

    Responding to a poster. As a Bi black man I am always strapped. Folks have the right to be whoever they want to choose to be, born to be , or whatever you wanna call it. I would love for group of guys to call my fa*s and punks in a dark alley. Because I have something for them. I have a .45 caliber always on me, and ready to go just for these situations!

  • Honut Sinti

    OK. My brothers were named: Lynn, Pat, Renea and Mitchell. Guess who served time? Start with the letter “M”.


    @Truth Teller:

    This may come as a surprise to you…but there are many black people who happen to be gay.You probably know more of them than you think.”Bashing Heads” for wearing a t-shirt !?! Maybe you should move someplace where you’ll be more comfy…like the Middle East.

  • Yanb


    lol, it’s like no one reads anything with sustance anymore

  • Natural Girl

    This study means nothing. There are too many variables that can result to imprisonment of Black males aside from just their name. So many guys I’ve graduated with from high school and the university that had afrocentric names. Some have even went on for their Doctorates. I knew a Mosi (real name), Kareem, Malik, Faheem, etc.

  • ATLien

    Being GAY is NOT the new black. Regardless of how many punks, fagots, homos, or sissies come out of the closet, there are still some REAL men out here…And I am representing for the ATL as well….Here’s a shout out to all the real BLACK men who are still holding it down and refuse to succumb to all the b/s and peer pressures of society!! Yeah, I said it!

  • ll Black Men Are Gay Now! I Would Never Date A Black Man

    I would never ever marry or date a black man there all gay now.

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