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JohnM

What's in a name?

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There's a family round the corner from us with kids named Sam an' Ella.
I work with a guy who's named his children Sam and Ella too. Although the parents are separated, I don't suppose you live in the Bolton area?!

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Isn't is pronounced more like 'Shivorn' or have I been pronouncing it wrong for a while. :(

Shavon for me. Poshers.

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Let's not forget Rugby League's very own Maiava brothers, eh?

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Of course not but averaged out of the entire country you'd imagine that "Reubens" and "Tarquins" would tend be better behaved than most.

It does tend to be schools in deprived communities that have the most behavioural issues.

My Reuben had a run in recently with the school bully. He decided it was my son's turn for a "kicking". My son said "I don't wanna fight" only to be told that he had no choice. So my son headbutted him and beat the bully up, then walked into the school to report himself to a teacher and take his punishment. Seems a bit harsh that he'll be part of next year's statistics as he doesn't normally get into trouble but I must admit to being very pleased that he will stand up for himself. Maybe if the bully thinks twice before picking on someone then being a statistic isn't too bad.

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My Reuben had a run in recently with the school bully. He decided it was my son's turn for a "kicking". My son said "I don't wanna fight" only to be told that he had no choice. So my son headbutted him and beat the bully up, then walked into the school to report himself to a teacher and take his punishment. Seems a bit harsh that he'll be part of next year's statistics as he doesn't normally get into trouble but I must admit to being very pleased that he will stand up for himself. Maybe if the bully thinks twice before picking on someone then being a statistic isn't too bad.

Absolutely appaling. He should have politely asked the bully to desist. You must be so proud.

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Absolutely appaling. He should have politely asked the bully to desist. You must be so proud.

Am I proud of my son who has defended others and himself from bullies?

You bet your life I am!

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Shavon for me. Poshers.

Shivon to me, and the wife has never corrected me for not getting her name right.

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Coincidence - the other day, kids' names were being discussed on another message board I frequent. Among the zingers spotted by one member who does school photographs were Nicodemus, Adonis, Superman, Popeye, Blueflame and Ocean. Plus three (unrelated) children in the same year with the names Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere.

Adonis is still a very popular name among Greeks. It is simply Anthony. (Boring, show off bit - Greek does not have a 'd' letter and to create a hard 'd', they use 'nt'. The Greek letter 'δ' is a soft 'd', pronounced like the 'th' in 'there'.) So your local Adonis may simply have Greek ancestry.

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A couple in New Zealand were banned by law from calling their twins Fish & Chips.

In our local paper they had the "Beautiful Child 2012" photo supplement and we had to vote for the best child in 3 different age groups, there wasn't a single Dave/David or Debbie/Deborah (Me & my partner) in the entire lot of them. Only one Leilani in them (Ours)

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My Reuben had a run in recently with the school bully. He decided it was my son's turn for a "kicking". My son said "I don't wanna fight" only to be told that he had no choice. So my son headbutted him and beat the bully up, then walked into the school to report himself to a teacher and take his punishment. Seems a bit harsh that he'll be part of next year's statistics as he doesn't normally get into trouble but I must admit to being very pleased that he will stand up for himself. Maybe if the bully thinks twice before picking on someone then being a statistic isn't too bad.

Good on him.

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My kids are called Lucy Kay, Polly, Adam James & Jack Thomas my grandkids are Eva Elizabeth & Logan Scott. my parents are called John and Megan.

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Bradley and Paige are destined to be on the naughty step as survey reveals most common names of poorly-behaved children

  • Bradley, Jacob, William, Morgan and Joe top the 'naughtiest boys' list
  • Paige, Niamh, Natalie, Holly, Phoebe are the top five 'naughtiest' girls
  • If your child's called Benjamin or Elizabeth they're likely to be good

See http://www.schoolsti..._news&news_id=9

As a teacher some of those names don't tally. I would never have had William, Phoebe or Niamh down as particularly troublesome names. The most common names you might want to avoid at the moment are Jack, Callum and Alfie. I feel like I've spent the last 3 years saying Alfie non-stop.

Coincidentally, the two best behaved children in my current class are called Benjamin and Elizabeth.

As for the whole middle-class vs working-class behaviour thing, it is obviously not always the case. However, it is quite a sad reality (and a hard one to take when starting teaching) that by far the biggest indicator of where a child will end up achievement wise is social class. In almost every class I've taught by enlarge the high achieving children were the ones with parents that had what we would term middle class jobs, accountants, solicitors, doctors etc. By the other token, all too often the struggling children are from broken homes or homes where the parents haven't had a good education and either live on the dole or are in manual labour. It isn't necessarily linked to money though.

Of course again, it is not all the time but it is probably more often than most will realise. For instance of the top 5 achieving children in my class, 4 of them have parents that are professionals and all are in stable homes with parents that have been together since their birth. By the other token of the 5 lowest achieving children, 3 are from broken homes and none of the parents are professionals with a few living purely on benefit. There are always exceptions though, one of the brightest kids I ever taught was in care and had had a ridiculously tough start in life. As a result his behaviour was very poor but his actual ability was incredible.

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