Baby Names

Study reveals the ‘happiest’ and ‘unhappiest’ baby names for boys and girls

Every parent ultimately wants a happy child, but researchers claim that the answer to our general happiness may be in our name.

According to a study by pakmag.com, people with these names are typically the most jolly and optimistic people on the planet.

What’s more, the research also reveals the most ‘unhappy’ names. Check them out below…

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10 of the happiest names for boys

  1. Joshua
  2. Jason
  3. Matthew
  4. Terry
  5. Barry
  6. Stan
  7. Ian
  8. Craig
  9. Nigel
  10. Christopher

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10 of the happiest names for girls

  1. Judy
  2. Stephanie
  3. Linda
  4. Pam
  5. Pat
  6. Fiona
  7. Paula
  8. Susan
  9. Isobel
  10. Vicky

Psychologist Dr David Holmes from the Manchester Metropolitan University revealed the reason that these names appear to be more cheerful may be down to the association that others make with the name.

Hearing the name Judy may make them think of Judi Dench and so on.

“We know from our research that names can influence student marks so it follows that they also affect how we treat those so named,” he says.

“The associations we have with certain names, particularly significant namesakes, also shapes how we see ourselves and so may have an effect on our confidence and assumed role in society.

“Names are like product brands in having a powerful effect on attitudes and should therefore be chosen with care.”

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10 of the unhappiest names for boys

1. Ben

2. Andrew

3. Edward

4. Tim

5. Owen

6. Bob

7. Dennis

8. Ray

9. Alfie

10. Jeremy

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10 of the unhappiest names for girls

1. Lynn

2. Charlotte

3. Tina

4. Amy

5. Tara

6. Sam

7. Alex

8. Tanya

9. Jessica

10. Olivia

Do you agree with this research? Ultimately, a child’s happiness is down to the parent and their upbringing, regardless of their name.

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.