Ministry of Justice figures reveal Michael and Emma are the most common names for prisoners in England and Wales.
People with the names Michael and Emma are most likely to find themselves behind bars in England and Wales, a new study has revealed.
MOJ data has shown that, of the 82,000 prisoners in England and Wales, guards are most likely to come across a Michael, Daniel, or David in male prisons. While in women’s prisons Emma, Kelly, or Sarah are the most common names. This equates to nearly 2 percent of the more than 3,000 inmates in the female prison population.
Currently, Michael is the most common name for men in prison in this country with 1,777 inmates. It is unsurprising that there are some notorious criminals bearing that name. They include 61-year-old Michael Stone, who still claims to be innocent of the 1996 murders of Lin Russell, 45, and her six-year-old daughter Lin in Chillenden, Kent.
Also included, are 37-year-old Michael Adebolajo and 30-year-old Michael Adebowale, who in 2013 hacked the 25-year-old British soldier Lee Rigby to death with knives and a meat cleaver outside Woolwich Barracks, London.
Among the infamous Emma’s currently serving jail sentences is 32-year-old Emma Tustin who was jailed last year for the murder of her six-year-old stepson Arthur Labinjo-Hughes at their home in Solihull, West Midlands. A court heard she poisoned him with salt, subjected him to regular beatings, and denied him food and water.
Strangely, the ten most popular names among new-born’s are not found among the most common names found in prisons. This could reflect the declining popularity of traditional names among mothers under the age of 35 who, according to the Office of National Statistics, are increasingly opting for more ‘modern and shortened names.”