by Lisa McGarry

Damien, Myra and Carrie are the UK’s most feared and mistrusted names due to superstitious and dark associations – that’s the verdict of a compelling new survey released today.

The national survey of 2,000 Brits, specially conducted to celebrate the release of Supernatural Season 4: Volume 2 on DVD, asked respondents a series of questions based around popular connotations we associate with names. The findings provide a compelling insight into the names we most avoid due to their associations with superstitious beliefs, connections with the ‘darkside’ and our memories of real and fictional people who have borne the name previously.

Damien topped the poll with nine out of ten respondents (90%) uneasy about the associations with the devil child in the 1970s film ‘The Omen,’ later to be famously spoofed in ‘Only Fools & Horses’. This was followed by Mrya (83%), after the notorious Moors serial killer Myra Hindley.

The study found that TV, Film and literature have had a profound effect on the way we perceive people’s names – a whopping 76% of respondents admitted that they would avoid names like Stephen Kings’s Telekinetic teen ‘Carrie’, Rosemary (73%), Regan (60%) and Samara (50%) due to their dark film characters. The character Rosemary gives birth to the devil in the best-selling horror film ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, plus Rosemary is also the name of the notorious Cromwell Road serial killer Rosemary West. Regan is the head spinning, levitating, possessed girl in ‘The Exorcist’ and Samara is from ‘The Ring’.

The top ten superstitious names are listed as follows:

1) Damien 90%

2) Myra 83%

3) Carrie 76%

4) Rosemary 73%

5) Judas 69%

6) Adolf 65%

7) Pandora 63%

8) Regan 60%

9) Samara 50%

10) Boris 41%

Unsurprisingly Adolf makes its appearance at number six on the list with 65% of Brits admitting that they would avoid people with the name, due to obvious reasons. This was followed by Pandora (63%), in mythology, the name of the first woman whose curiosity unleashed evil into the world.

Supernatural Season 4, Volume 2 is out on DVD 21st September 2009