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Schoolgirl Makes $84,000 Helping Families Name Their Babies


Schoolgirl Makes $84,000 Helping Families Name Their Babies

Beau Jessup is a 16 year old High School student who has made $84,000 giving English names to Chinese babies.  The Gloucestershire resident has helped to name more than 200,000 babies after starting a website called ‘Special Name.”

For around $1 the website will ask parents to choose five personality traits from the twelve she has listed that the parents hope their child will display, and then presents a shortlist of three names. Once the parents have chosen a new English name the website offers a new certificate and meaning of the name, it also gives examples of famous people who share the new moniker.

Jessup came up with the idea after a family trip to China where she learnt that for the Chinese it is significantly important to have an English name for study, business and employment within the United Kingdom. She says “When I went to China I kept being asked to name babies for my parents’ 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.

She also said that she had heard some very “embarrassing” English names that parents had chosen like “Gandalf” and “Cinderella”. Jessup says her website gives culturally appropriate names. “Being exposed to luxury items and things like Harry Potter, Disney films and Lord of the Rings means they use those for reference”

One mother Songbu Wang who used the “Special Name’ to give her son an English name said “I chose Nathan because it sounds strong, what’s more, I have seen the definition from my Specialname certificate; Nathan means ‘generous’. I think a good man should be generous, a woman will like him. I think an English name can influence my child’s life”





Emily Lockley

Emily Lockley is 32, which she thinks is a great age by the way, still young enough to want to have fun and just old enough to not really care about the dramas of your twenties.and not where she thought she would be. In saying that for the most part, she loves where she's at. Great partner, loving family, amazing friends, living in Melbourne..blah blah right?! There is always something else we want, for her that's a baby, but it's just not happening the way she thought it would. Emily is an infertility blogger who writes of her journey through fertility treatment and the longing to become a Mum in a very real, raw and honest way.

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