Are they really all naughty??

Appealing to all teachers, educators, & name needs :slight_smile:

I have heard too many times, that [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] is a ‘naughty boy’s’ name…I have been told by two separate teachers that they would never call their own son [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] because ‘all [name_m]Daniels[/name_m]’ are naughty’… I love this name and would like to hear your opinions on this. Is it an unwarranted stereotype, or is it true? I have only closely known 1 [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] and admittedly he was rather naughty.

So my questions are:

  1. [name_f]Do[/name_f] you agree with the stereotype that all [name_m]Daniels[/name_m] are naughty?
  2. Upon meeting a new little boy [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] (perhaps aged say 5) would you instantly assume he’s naughty based on his name?
  3. What image does the name bring to you?

Such a handsome, fun, roll off the tongue name, which I love, so I’m just trying to see what opinions are on this theory. [name_f]TIA[/name_f]. :slight_smile:

  1. Absolutely not!! I know a couple of [name_m]Daniels[/name_m]:
  • One is 13, and he is small, VERY clever, and really good at gymnastics. He’s hilarious.
  • One is 16, one of triplets, and by far the least ‘naughty’ of the three! He’s a long-distance runner: very fit, and very quiet. He’s lovely.
  1. Definitely not. I love the name [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] - it can work for anyone!
  2. I immediately picture the 13-year-old I mentioned above (he’s my cousin, actually - he definitely comes to mind first!). I picture a [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] as fairly bookish.

Well, that’s a new one for me!

  1. No. I know two [name_m]Daniels[/name_m] (both in high school). One is quiet and studious. The other is charming and precocious.
  2. No
  3. Curls and big brown eyes. [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] feels like a smart name to me.
  1. Not all [name_m]Daniel[/name_m]'s are naughty. I know 1 and know of another. The one I know a a very sweet, loving, happy little 5 year old. The other is either 4 or 5 and all I’ve ever heard about his is that he’s a big sweetheart.
  2. I wouldn’t assume that a new little [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] was naughty just based on his name alone.
  3. I picture the 1 little [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] I know. He’s has dark skin, hair and eyes. Always with a smile!
      1. Never heard of that stereotype before so I would of course not assume that he’s naughty, especially not based on his name :smiley: Several boys in my family are named [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] and neither of them is naughty.
  1. [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] is extremely popular in [name_f]Austria[/name_f] therefore a lot of boys have that name including 2 of my cousins, 2 of my neighbors and about 10 kids in our village :smiley: so whenever I hear the name I think about my cousins or my neighbors

My father was named [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] and he was loving husband and father with a deep religious faith. The opposite of naughty in every way. It sounds like dumb stereotype to me.

That’s a shame that someone has given you that view. [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] is a great name, and the thing is children are often only naughty because of negative circumstances.

I have never heard of [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] being considered a naughty boys name- you should go for it!

  1. [name_f]Do[/name_f] you agree with the stereotype that all [name_m]Daniels[/name_m] are naughty? No, and I do not believe there is even a stereotype that [name_m]Daniels[/name_m] are naughty.

  2. Upon meeting a new little boy [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] (perhaps aged say 5) would you instantly assume he’s naughty based on his name? I personally would never assume anything just going by a name, any name.

  3. What image does the name bring to you? I have known several [name_m]Daniels[/name_m] and all of them had their own personalities, so I can picture all different personalities with this name. It so happens that all of the [name_m]Daniels[/name_m] I knew were tall and thin, so that comes to my mind when I hear the name. They were all rather soft spoken also.

One [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] I know was given this name because he was very premature & his parents thought giving him the name of a bible character who thought in a den of lions was suitable for their little man. [name_m]Daniel[/name_m]/[name_m]Dan[/name_m] fought like a trooper & even though he has cerebral palsy, which affects his body & brain, he’s constantly battled to beat his challenges. Solid name for me & I’ve never come across a naughty one. Whoever said that to you is being very foolish. As if a name could make a child naughty?

I had 2 [name_m]Daniels[/name_m] in my class from pre-K to highschool and they were Valedictorian and runner up. [name_m]Both[/name_m] very smart, nice guys who have gone on to have great lives:)

I have a father, an uncle, and a cousin (age five), all named [name_m]Daniel[/name_m]. The first two go by [name_m]Dan[/name_m], my cousin is currently [name_u]Danny[/name_u]. From what I can tell, my father was never particularly naughty; my uncle was naughty, but that had little to do with his name, and he eventually became a very charismatic person; my cousin can get into some mischief with his older brothers, but [name_u]Danny[/name_u] is one of the sweetest, most caring, and most thoughtful little boys I’ve ever known.

So no, not all [name_m]Daniels[/name_m] are naughty. I get that teachers need to de-stress from their demanding jobs, but labeling one type of name as “naughty” or “troublesome” isn’t helpful to non-teachers and may cause them to avoid a perfectly wonderful name based on a stereotype that has no basis outside of one person’s opinion.

  1. The only [name_m]Daniels[/name_m] I’ve known were all quiet and sweet! I don’t know why they’d say that they’re all naughty haha.
  2. Of course not! I don’t think names decide the person. I have my own opinions on names, yes - I happen to know a little girl the most awful, trendiest name, but she is indubitably adorable! The name doesn’t decide the person, but it’s always nice to have a great name as well - which [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] is!
  3. I picture the [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] I know - very bookish, AP classes, etc.

Thank you all for such positive feedback on this name. It is definitely back on my list and it’s so lovely to hear of the [name_m]Daniels[/name_m] you know & their sweet personalities. I agree it’s not a name that causes a child to be naughty, but his experiences, or circumstances, as you say. It’s just such a handsome name in my opinion & I didn’t want that clouded by the responses I had previously received. Thanks again :-).

I think [name_m]Daniel[/name_m]'s a lovely name, but yeah, all the [name_m]Daniel[/name_m]'s I’ve known have been naughty. That doesn’t mean they haven’t been lovely, they’ve just had a knack for getting into trouble. I doubt there’s a curse on the name, but maybe (a lot of) parents who pick [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] are a tad… naughty. Seriously, everyone I know knows [name_m]Daniel[/name_m]'s a troublemaker name. I have several friends who are teachers and they all say the same. But it doesn’t mean they’re not sweet lovely boys, just a bit crazy. When I picture [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] on a boy I imagine a rosy cheeked long haired blonde little boy with hipster jeans who’s very charming, pinches his teacher’s bottom and jumps in muddle puddles. So sweet and a bit naughty. He’ll always get out of the situations he finds himself in because of his charm though…

1.) Yes and no. I have a neighbour whose son is called [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] and he is, pardon, a pain in the arse. He basically terrorises the entire mansion block and is generally just a nuisance. I also have a former acquaintance called [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] and he wasn’t the most flattering kind of person either. On the other hand, one of my absolute best friends is named [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] and he’s the sweetest thing.

2.) Nope. I generally try not to instantly assume anything because I believe that while names are lovely and interesting, they have no influence on a person’s character and personality (only upbringing, genetics and environment has).

3.) I’m so bad at imagery so I’m gonna spare you for this.

No. I had student named [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] “[name_u]Danny[/name_u]” in my first kindergarten class. He was sweet and had a sense of humor. He could be silly at times, which did sometimes get him into trouble, but I certainly wouldn’t consider him naughty. My 4-year-old nephew is also named [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] “[name_u]Danny[/name_u]”. I don’t think of him as naughty either, but I don’t know what he’s like at preschool.

Haha. As a teacher, I find this very amusing :slight_smile:

I wouldn’t assume a [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] was naughty. I guess teachers say it’s a “naughty boy” name because there are so many [name_m]Daniels[/name_m] that some of them are bound to be naughty! For me, the names I’ve found “naughty” are [name_m]Patrick[/name_m] and [name_u]Shaun[/name_u]. But anyway, to answer your question, no. I definitely wouldn’t assume your son was naughty just because he was named [name_m]Daniel[/name_m]. If you named him [name_m]Patrick[/name_m] or [name_u]Shaun[/name_u], well, that’s another story :wink:

What the what? I’ve never heard this before. In fact, my impression of [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] is that it’s a very sweet, friendly, easygoing sort of name. [name_u]Ryan[/name_u], on the other hand…

I knew a [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] nn [name_u]Danny[/name_u] who was super nice. I know several naughty [name_m]Zachary[/name_m]'s, but it doesn’t mean [name_f]EVERY[/name_f] boy named [name_m]Zachary[/name_m] is naughty. Same with the name [name_m]Daniel[/name_m]. I picture a sweet, brunette boy who likes to play outside, read, and is very outgoing (in a good way). :slight_smile:

I love [name_m]Daniel[/name_m]! The one I grew up with was a bit of a spoiled brat, but that was more dependent on his parents than his actual personality. He wasn’t ever really naughty, just a bit full of himself. But the other [name_m]Daniels[/name_m] I know are all rather nice. Especially this one guy in my church who leads a young adult Bible study.

I mainly just think of [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] from Ugly [name_f]Betty[/name_f], though. I stinkin’ loved him! He’s so adorable. He was sort of a bad boy, but he had such a good heart and wanted such good things. [name_f]Every[/name_f] time I see a picture of [name_m]Eric[/name_m] Mabius I want to squeal, haha, just because [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] was so cute (besides, how cute were [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] and [name_f]Betty[/name_f] together?!). I think [name_m]Daniel[/name_m]'s fab, personally. I don’t think I would use it up front anymore, but I still really love it and would love to use it as a middle.