Nowadays, more and more people are turning to use Google to help them make their minds to name their children. They are prone to look for some names which are in the top search results of Google, making attempts to avoid names which bring up an undesirable search result. This growing trend for Googling a baby’s potential name is happening around the world.
Particularly, many mothers and fathers are based on the uniqueness criteria to decide what baby name will be. Those names have to be unique enough to rise to the top of search results, much different from other general names.
Laura Wattenberg, the author of ‘The Baby Name Wizard’ stated The New York Times, that a desire for uniqueness in the digital world has created ‘unspoken competition’ between parents to find the most original name. In fact, parents will type their thinking of a baby name on Google, after being shown the results, they may change their mind immediately if it has been taken “Oh, no, it’s taken. There are already three others with that name”
Another way to make the name different with others is changing the spelling because choosing an original name today seems to be very difficult. For examples, an American couple, Lecia and Thor Kaslofsky, changed the spelling of the name they wished to give their baby daughter from ‘Kalia’ to ‘Kaleya’, as the first version pulled up pictures and search results of strippers, after they Googled it.
A small study on LilSugar, a US site for parents, has revealed that 64 per cent of respondents had Googled their baby’s potential name before making the final decision.