(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)When you name your child it is probably worth doing a cursory google to see what kind of results it brings up.
In an ideal world you don’t want your kid to share a name with a serial killer, and if they’re going to have a matching moniker with a porn star you’ll at least want to make sure that it’s a good one.
But some parents are going much further than that, not just checking for any unfortunate name twins, but picking a name specially designed to make their child stand out on social media. Parents are plumping for unusual names for SEO purposes.
Seriously dedicated parents are going much further than just a quick Google and employing a ‘naming consultant’ to help them decide.
Speaking to the Daily Star, naming consultant Sherri Suzanne, who is paid hundreds of dollars per naming job, said: ‘Ava and Benjamin are two of today’s leaders.
‘Ava is the influence behind names like Aviana, Avalyn, Eva, Evie, Evelyn and now Ada. Parents who’d otherwise choose Benjamin are picking alternatives like Bentley and Benson.’
Sherri suggests that you avoid going too rogue though, saying: ‘I caution parents that in an effort to make children stand out, they can also make it harder to fit in.
‘Resist picking names that form jokes, puns, rhymes, or phrases that have strong negative associations.’
You can hire Sherri to help name your baby by visiting her website. Or you could avoid puns, rhymes and names with strong negative association all by yourself…
Top 10 baby names for 2018
Oliver – 6,259
Harry – 5,031
George – 4,929
Noah – 4,273
Jack – 4,190
Jacob – 3,968
Leo – 3,781
Oscar – 3,739
Charlie – 3,724
Muhammad – 3,691
Olivia – 5,204
Amelia – 4,358
Isla – 3,373
Ava – 3,289
Emily – 3,121
Isabella – 2,627
Mia – 2,590
Poppy – 2,527
Ella – 2,452
Lily – 2,405
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