A British 16-Year-Old Earned $81k Advising Chinese Parents On English Baby Names

The savvy teen has been working on the project for six months

 

What’s in a name?

Well, $81,000 (£50,000) to be precise.

According to The Daily Mail, a 16-year-old British schoolgirl earned the sum over the past six months from naming 221,000 Chinese babies, whose parents were seeking out an English name for their child.

The British teenager set up SpecialName.cn when she realised just how in demand her business model was after paying a visit to China.

While on the trip, Jessup was asked time and time again for recommendations of English names by friends who were expecting their first child.

Chinese babies are given a traditional Chinese name at birth, but a growing trend has seen many seeking out an English name that they can use if they study or work in the West.  

But when Jessup went to China she became aware, not just of the demand for English names, but of the botched attempts people had made.

“I also heard lots of examples where people had chosen culturally inappropriate English names they'd heard from films or read online.

According to the Mail, Jessup wanted to help Chinese parents steer clear of names like Gandalf or Cinderella, and other unintentionally funny monikers.

“It made me realise there was an opportunity to help Chinese people get it right from the start,” she explained.

The website invites Chinese parents to select personality traits that they hope their baby will have. It then shortlists three culturally appropriate names and then sends a naming certificate for parents to keep once they have chosen.

The speedy service takes just minutes and costs around 60p ($1.70). Plus, it’s given the Beau Jessup a chance to brush up on her Mandarin–and put some money away for her further education.

‘I have a target to reach which will allow me to pay for my university fees and writing the text for the site was really good practice for my Mandarin GCSE.”

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