A teenager has made an interesting claiming by saying that she is making thousands of pounds by naming strangers’ babies.
Beau Jessup said that she got this idea for the company during her trip to China when her friends asked her to pick an English name for their dad’s friend. She has gone on to make over £260,000 from the quirky venture.
She discovered the business idea had a potential to make it big as there were many who wanted to have English names for their kids. Some of the names she has picked for children include Cinderella, Rambo, and even Gandalf.
One of the reasons that people are opting the English names is because that it is easier to pronounce, read, write, and it also helps them with future prospects.
But, due to internet restrictions in the country it is difficult to have an access of baby naming sites which parents in the UK use.
In 2016, the privately educated Beau launched Special Name, a website which claims to pick names to ‘match a child’s personality’.
Initially, she named the children for free. Then she began to charge 60p per child and naming more than 670,000 babies, has cashed in thousands, which she says is now being used for her education.
She said: “I don’t always have an entrepreneurial brain. I do come up with ideas, but predominantly, my interest is in human nature, and I think that’s why the business has developed that way it has.
“My parents are really proud but probably because they don’t have to pay for my uni fees.”
The process of naming begins with parents choosing from a list of 12 traits they think is best suited for their child. The options include sensitive, clever, and creative.
After that they are given a shortlist of possibilities to choose from, along with the name’s meaning and celeb namesakes like Grace Kelly.
Once they’ve picked a moniker, they can ask to be sent a certificate to keep, marking the special day.
Speaking back in 2016, just after launching the site, she said: “When I went to China I kept being asked to name babies for my parent’s friends.
“They explained an English name is vital because you can’t use a Chinese name on email or a university application to the UK. Your English name stays with you for life.
“But I also heard lots of examples where people had chosen culturally inappropriate English names they’d heard from films or read online and realised there was an opportunity to help Chinese people get it right from the start.”