I don’t really remember any kids getting teased or beaten up for their names, or just because of their names. If I think back to grade school, I think there were a lot of kids coming together who don’t really have a clear sense of whether some other kid has a weird or sissy kind of name and just accept each other, at least so far, so good. I knew a [name]Delmar[/name] in 1st grade, a [name]Woodrow[/name], a [name]Victor[/name]. I wouldn’t remember [name]Woody[/name] as especially confident, but [name]Delmar[/name] and [name]Victor[/name] were funny and got along with everyone. I know [name]Victor[/name] was named for his father also, and he got teased for other reasons later on. Nobody ever called him [name]Vicki[/name] or anything.
I kind of think, and I base this mostly on pop culture, admittedly, the “atomic-wedgie” category of names tends to be bestowed on characters with over-protective mothers, i.e., it’s not what you name him but why you want to give him that particular name. He’s not going to get beaten up for having the name, it’s a dynamic of how “precious” the name is to his mother, as opposed to something more strong or fitting-in, but a boy with a stronger or more fitting-in kind of name can certainly still be singled out depending on how worried he is and how close his mother, or sometimes, father, hovers. At least in the tv shows and movies where this is an issue, the wedgie magnets don’t always have doting mothers, but the ones who do usually have more distinct and flamboyant names. I think that’s where this all comes from.
I knew a guy in high school named Camillus, and maybe he got teased and maybe he didn’t. He identified with sort of a punk crowd, and he seemed like nothing was bothering him overly. I also knew two Rolands, one who was called [name]Max[/name], and the other who had more to worry about with his last name (male anatomy).
Targets of relentless teasing had names like [name]Tina[/name] (“Flasher”) and [name]Tracy[/name] (not a boy named [name]Tracy[/name] either), and [name]Steven[/name] (a spaz about grades), [name]Patrick[/name] (another spaz about his grades and how much he begged people to tell him how to be cool), [name]Christine[/name] (unhygienic), [name]Julie[/name] (always wore the same sweater), another [name]Julie[/name] (I guess just nerdy?, dowdy?, they could not keep those bathroom stalls clean about poor [name]Julie[/name]!), and [name]Don[/name] (gay). I was also threatened by a different [name]Christine[/name] (who I assume did bathe) every day of 11th grade, who threw pennies at me on the bus for some reason, and altogether felt unfitting-in, ignored, left out, taunted occasionally, for my whole academic career - I would say that was the hovering mother shining through. I can’t remember anyone getting teased or bullied who had their name to blame at all.
It’s not really their name that attracts the attention, but it might be what lack of confidence they project that makes them easy targets, names that make it somewhat easier to use as a weapon, and/or a parenting “style” and how that style is received and processed by the child - which may altogether influence what kind of name you want to give them in the first place, perhaps a more distinct or flamboyant name. I don’t think the naming style and the parenting style go hand in hand the way it’s usually illustrated on tv, but it can be a factor.