Parents are now using this unusual technique to pick unique baby names 5 months ago

Parents are now using this unusual technique to pick unique baby names

Many new parents become rather obsessed with finding a baby moniker that stands out.

Inspiration can strike from anywhere, really, with some finding names they love in books, movies, or by looking back in history, combing for old family names or other people or places that inspire.

However; if you fancy yourself as an elite parent (hoping to raise an elite child), you might want to take a look at this baby naming technique that is currently sweeping the bigger cities, certainly in the US if The Hollywood Reporter is to be believed.

Say hello to 'elite naming.'

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Essentially, according to Pamela Redmond Satran, the co-author of 10 books on the subject and co-founder of, this practice is meant to ensure a child's uniqueness and ability to stand out from the crowd.

"Elite parents in urban areas lean toward very fashion-forward and sophisticated names," Redmond Satran explains.  "They are attracted to quirky, not-so-easy-to-like names that are more difficult to embrace."

Fancy something elite yourself?  Here are "the top emerging mini monikers" by US city:

  • New York ("trendy, literary"): Dashiell, Sophie, Matilda, and Ophelia
  • Los Angeles ("playful, unisex"): Zen, River, Story, James (for a girl)
  • D.C. ("classic, conservative"): Sam, Charlotte, Jack, Lily