You're More Likely to Get Seriously Hurt If This Is Your Name, Study Says
Your name says a lot about you—including how likely you are to get injured, according to new research.
A name can say a lot about a person, whether it hints at your parents’ favorite city—like the legion of Parises and Brooklyns out there—or gives some insight into the history of your family after being passed down from generation to generation. However, there’s yet another surprising thing your name might indicate about you: how likely you are to be seriously injured.
In a new report from Uplift Legal Funding, names were ranked according to the frequency with which they appeared as claimants in personal injury lawsuit documents associated with accidents that occurred in public, at home, or in the workplace.
“With this link between us as people and the names we are given, we thought that it would be interesting to take our data and find out which names are associated with those who are more accident prone,” explained Uplift Legal Funding’s owner, Jared Stern.
So, which monikers are most likely to land you in a cast? Kyle for men and Hailey for women, according to Uplift’s research. However, those aren’t the only names associated with accidents. Read on to discover if your name makes the top 20, and for more names you're hearing a lot of right now, This Is the Most Popular Name in the U.S. Right Now.
The second most injury-prone name for men? None other than Blake. Blake Shelton better watch out! Worried about your safety? This Is the Most Dangerous State in the U.S.
Sorry, Swifties: your idol, Taylor Swift, has the second most injury-prone women’s name on Uplift’s list. Unfortunately, there are a lot of trip-prone Taylors out there: it was the 69th most popular baby name of the 2010s, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA), with 38,000 babies named Taylor born in the U.S. in that decade alone.
The life of Brian is… a clumsy one. This popular name—174th on the SSA’s 2010s baby names list—is the third most accident-prone men’s name in the U.S. Sorry, Brian McKnight. And for more insight into what your name might mean for your future, You May Earn More Money If This Is Your Name, New Study Says.
Linda may mean “beautiful,” but it might as well mean “clumsy,” too. This name, which has been identified as the most popular name of the 20th century according to SSA data, was the third most accident-prone women’s name. So ladies like Linda Cardellini should consider themselves warned. And for more factoids delivered to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
There are sure a lot of accident-prone Ryans out there, like Hollywood star Ryan Gosling. Landing the number four spot for men’s names on Uplift’s list, it’s also the 35th most popular baby name for boys born in the 2010s. It's not just an accident that could land you in the hospital, though—these are The 100 Most Dangerous Cities in America.
Barbara didn’t even crack the SSA’s 200 most popular names for girls in the 2010s—and maybe that’s a good thing, considering it’s also the fourth most accident-prone name for women. Though she spells it without that second a, Barbra Streisand may want to be extra careful. And for more tricky famous monikers, here are the 33 Celebrity Names You Always Misspell.
Daniel landed squarely in fifth place among men’s names on Uplift’s list. That may be bad news to a number of new parents, considering it was also the 12th most popular baby name of the 2010s. Sounds like there are lots of Daniel Radcliffe fans out there.
“Clumsy Kim” just has a certain ring to it—and with good reason, considering it ranked fifth among accident-prone women’s names. Sorry, American Idol alum Kimberley Locke.
What Marks like Mark Wahlberg lack in accident avoidance, they more than make up for in number. According to the SSA, nearly 22,000 Marks were born in the U.S. in the past decade alone.
If Mary’s contrary, it’s probably because she’s constantly getting injured. Mary was the sixth most accident-prone women’s name on Uplift’s list. Better be on watch, Mary J. Blige!
Bob—but not Robert—landed squarely at number seven among Uplift’s most accident-prone men’s names. So Robert De Niro is safe, but please look out for Bob Newhart.
Angela may mean “angel”—and based on Angela Bassett, we agree—but it doesn’t seem to mean “graceful.” The name was the seventh most accident-prone women’s name, according to Uplift.
Samuel L. Jackson should beware of more snakes on planes. More than 107,000 Samuels were born in the U.S. in the past decade, which may mean a whole lot more personal injury lawsuits on the horizon.
Deborah isn’t just a Biblical name, it’s an accident-prone one too, scoring the number eight spot among women’s names on Uplift’s list. Debbie Harry, we're looking out for you!
William was the ninth most accident-prone men’s name based on Uplift’s data. There are also a whole lot of them—William was both the fourth most popular name for boys in 2019 as well as for the entirety of the last decade. Lots of Will Smith fans out there, it seems!
Gabrielle Union may want to be extra cautious the next time she’s walking a red carpet in heels. The actress’ first name lands at number nine among Uplift’s list of clumsiest women’s names.
James, the sixth most popular name for boys in 2019 and the first name of Blacklist star James Spader, rounded out Uplift’s list of clumsiest men’s names at number 10.
Louise may mean “famous warrior,” but the average Louise, like comedian Louise Lasser, may get injured as often as her opponents—it was the tenth most accident-prone women’s name, according to Uplift.