Got a little beautifully-behaved Freya or a Ryan with impeccable manners? Or how about a Noah with a naughty streak, or a Faye who tends to need regular time-outs?
No wonder – because those names are most likely to be at the top of Santa’s ‘nice and naughty list’ this Christmas, according to research by School Stickers, a personalised reward system launched by a teacher and used by over 10,000 schools and 19,000 teachers, parents and businesses.
Boys called Noah and girls called Faye are more likely to be at the top of Santa’s naughty list – but they still have a month to step up as this is only the ‘draft’ list.
The annual study revealed that boys called Ryan, Lewis, Jacob, Alfie and Jamie are the most likely to receive School Sticker’s rewards (for good behaviour in the classroom), but boys called Noah, Riley, Robert, Freddie and Leo, received the least number of rewards.
Mums and dads are more likely to have an easier time if they have a daughter called Freya, Isabella, Caitlin, Georgia and Leah – all names at the top of the School Stickers reward ‘league’. But if their little girl is named Faye, Lilly, Milly, Annabel and Maddie, they could have trouble on their hands!
Neil Hodges, Managing Director, School Stickers said:
“Our annual ‘Santa’s Naughty and Nice list’ is just a bit of Christmas fun and not to be taken seriously. There are many Fayes and Noahs that are perfect little angels, and plenty of Freyas and Ryans who Santa is watching! We issue the list every year as many people find it amusing and like to see whether their name is on there. However, all schools reward differently, with some giving out hundreds and some thousands of rewards, so there is about as much accuracy to this as if Rudolf had written it.”
Quite. But try telling that to anyone named Faye or Noah. That goes for adults, too. Remember, Santa's watching!
We'd love to hear your thoughts on this fun bit of data. Does your child's name tally with their behaviour, according to the study? Or are YOU on the naughty list this year? How much do you talk about the nice or naughty list with your kids – is it a bit of fun that you encourage, or something you avoid?
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