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Wayne, Liam and Ryan names of biggest love rats

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Men called Wayne, Liam and Ryan are mostly likely to cheat on their partners, it has been revealed. A study of 2,000 women looked at their experiences with men in the past and saw Wayne ranked as the least trustworthy name when it comes to love.

Liam, Ryan and Matt followed close behind in the top four ‘love rat’ names, with Craig, Steve and Scott closely following.

Dean, Mark and Lee appeared among the shifty top ten, whilst lads named Harry, Ashley and Nick also raise a red flag for women.

Despairingly, 68% of women have fallen victim to a two-timing Casanova at least once.

Despite this, one in ten are currently dating a man accused of being a ‘love rat’, regardless of their seedy reputation.

The research into trustworthy names was commissioned by domain name registration site and found seven in ten women had been hurt by a love rat in the past.

A spokesman for, said:

“It’s telling that the top three names women try to avoid are also the names of well-known celebrity cheaters.

“According to the results these men may well have more of a wandering eye than others, but of course it’s a person’s actions they should be judged on not the name they go by.

“Names have great power and we will naturally recall bad experiences and make certain associations with a name if we’ve been affected by people with that name in the past.”

Suspicious names that came lower in the top 20 included Daniel, John and Sean, followed by Darrell, Tom and James. The popular boy’s name, Jack, ranked at number 20.

The main reason a man becomes a love rat is if he has more than one girlfriend, claimed 63% of women.

Other tell-tale signs were texting behind their partner’s back, being generally untrustworthy, and men spending more time with friends than his girlfriend.

The spokesman added:

“We should never underestimate the power of a name in influencing our opinions, even if we’re not conscious of it.

“If people have a bad experience, whether with a person, a company or a service, that name will stay with us a long time and influence us going forward.

“Even in business, a name says a lot. Picking the right name and making sure it communicates the right things to the right audience is crucial.”


1. Wayne
2. Liam
3. Ryan
4. Matt
5. Craig
6. Steve
7. Scott
8. Dean
9. Mark
10. Lee
11. Harry
12. Ashley
13. Nick
14. Daniel
15. John
16. Sean
17. Darrell
18. Tom
19. James
20. Jack