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Thinking of naming your child something really left of field or ‘bogan’?
Well, you might want to reconsider your choice, because according to recent research, a non-traditional or ‘bogan’ name can limit future employment and social prospects.
Writer of The Little Book of Bogan Baby Names, Sabrina Rogers-Anderson, told news.com.au, “Parents are trying to be original, almost branding their kids in an era where names are viewed on the same level as Twitter handles or a website URL.”
Her book explores hundreds of unconventional names, from ones misspelt, to spelled backwards… you name it!
Sabrina believes that this is incredibly harmful to a child’s future and so do many experts.
Studies have found a connection between non-traditional names and social, economic and employment outcomes.
A Harvard University study showed that graduates with uncommon names were more likely to have failed their studies or had negative psychological experiences in the future.
Sabrina believes that in an Aussie context, bogan names tend to have negative cultural stereotypes.
According to Sabrina, a ‘bogan’ sounding or unusual name can lead to setting low expectations of your child in people’s eyes, while meaning they will always have to clarify how to pronounce their name or why it is so unusual.
However, due to the fact that unconventional names are on the rise, some suspect that this might not be such a problem in the future.
After all, if there’s a whole bunch of new bubs with odd names, then there chances shouldn’t be affected too much.
And when it comes down to it, we should be valuing talent and skill above something as simple as a name.