SHOULD YOU GIVE YOUR BABY A HIPSTER BABY NAME?
It is believed the name we are given can predict our future, so what will tomorrow look like for your little Pebble or Captain?
A look at the pros and cons of giving your bub an ‘unusual’ name
One of my favourite things to do on a Monday morning is to stand in the audience at my daughter’s school assembly and listen as names are called out. Unlike the Jessicas and Sarahs of my time, my daughter’s school is a sea of Emeralds, Ravens and Heroes.
According to Tobias Anthony, author of Hipster Baby Names, this so-called “hipster” name trend is one that’s quickly spreading across the country. Even though he’s equipped with a pretty decent moustache − he insists he is not a hipster (Tobias rides a bike, and admits, “It has gears”, and his coffee order is a standard latte rather than a lumberjack). “If you think about it, our names are a calling card,” says Tobias. “They give us a sense of identity, and what parents really want these days is for their kids to be memorable and to stand out from the crowd, not only in the playground but also as they move through life.”
But what should we make of the studies that show having an unusual name can often make life more difficult? Those with classic names, such as Deborah, Carolyn, Robert and Peter, are most likely to become CEOs (and, therefore, be wealthy). In stark contrast, boys with unusual names are more likely to engage in criminal behaviour. And boys with feminine-sounding names, such as Shannon or Ashley, are likely to suffer from behavioural issues that stem from a lack of confidence.
One landmark study also found that those with ethnic names receive 50 per
cent less call-backs for job interviews than those with Caucasian-sounding names. What, then, will the future make of the current generation of hipsters called Gullivers, Jaggers, Junipers, Delilahs, Edies and Pixels?
On the other hand, there are many advantages to having a hipster name. “Creative names often give kids licence to dance to the beat of their own drum and develop an independent way of thinking,” says Tobias. However, there are downsides. “There’s a real culture of everyone wanting to be a celebrity now, and thinking that by giving their kids celeb-worthy names, they just might make it big,” says Tobias. “Sadly, I think our ageing hipster babies might be in for a world of disappointment in later years when they discover they’re as ordinary as everyone else.”
Yep, hipster names are becoming so popular that our Harpers, Junos and Clementines run the risk of blending in with all the other kids in the playground. The lesson here? Name your child whatever makes you happy and remember, some research shows the one thing that’s going to dictate whether your child rules the prison yard or becomes the boss of a Fortune 500 company isn’t the name itself, but your parenting style. Good luck!
Creative names often give kids licence to dance to the beat of their own drum and develop an independent way of thinking.