Strange Science

'Unpopular Names' Linked to Crime

File under strange but true. A new study has determined that "boys in the United States with common names like Michael and David are less likely to commit crimes than those named Ernest or Ivan," according to LiveScience. Two researchers crossed the names of male juvenile delinquents and young males in the general population with their "popularity-name index." Across races, LiveScience reports, "juveniles with unpopular names are more likely to engage in criminal activity. The least popular names were associated with juvenile delinquency among both blacks and whites."