What's in a name?

If you named your baby Brooklyn, he already packs a mean street rep. Of course, the same would be true if his name was Jack or Kyle.

Certain names put teachers on edge, according to a survey by Bounty, a British pregnancy and parenting club.

The 3,000 British teachers surveyed by Bounty said names can peg kids as potential troublemakers. Boys named Brooklyn, Jack, Kyle, Liam and Jake reportedly strike fear in the hearts of educators, as do girls named Chelsea, Aliesha, Brooke, Demi, Jessica, Casey and Crystal.

"Teachers are only human and make assumptions like the rest of us," said Bounty spokesman Faye Mingo when unveiling the survey on the group's Web site.

"Rightly or wrong, most of us make assumptions based on something as simple as a person's name, and we base these on our previous experiences," she said. "It's only natural for teachers to make assumptions based on behavior and performance of former pupils with the same name."

Mingo added: "But I bet they're happy to be proved wrong."

The poll reported that 49 percent of teachers said they make assumptions about students as soon as they see the names of the class roster. However, while teachers may roll their eyes at little Brooklyn or Chelsea, 59 percent of teachers said those same kids are usually the most popular among their peers.

The teachers surveyed said half of the naughty kids chill out as the school year progresses.

"While many parents may worry about the name they choose for their child, all children will make a name their own," said Mingo.


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