Parents are picking baby names to help their children to stand-out from the crowd.
Expert Sherri Suzanne revealed that parents are drawn to monikers that perform best on social media.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Star Online, the baby name consultant explained why this is the case.
Sherri is paid “several hundred dollars” to help mums and dads name their children.
Every year, she connects with dozens of parents on her My Name for Life website.
This experience has allowed the consultant to gage which monikers are trending.
And in 2019, it seems parents are ditching the norm in favour of quirkier alternatives.
Two thirds of Brits believe your moniker can affect how successful you as a person.
For this reason, many are drawn to names associated with popularity and riches.
This year, they are more likely to pick a moniker that will make a social media page pop.
Bentley, Benson, Paisley and Harley are among the quirky names to trend in recent months.
Sherri explained: “Ava and Benjamin are two of today’s leaders.
“Ava is the influence behind names like Aviana, Avalyn, Eva, Evie, Evelyn and now Ada.
“Parents who’d otherwise choose Benjamin are picking alternatives like Bentley and Benson.”
While unusual monikers are in fashion, the baby name consultant urges parents to avoid options that are too obscure.
Picking something unfamiliar can lead to major regret in the future, especially if its a choice that will age badly or cause confusion.
Sherri said: “I caution parents that in an effort to make children stand out, they can also make it harder to fit in.
“Resist picking names that form jokes, puns, rhymes, or phrases that have strong negative associations.”
The expert added that it’s best to choose something that’s easy to spell and pronounce.
She explained: “In an attempt to express individuality, it’s best not to create obscure and convoluted spellings.
“I think the recipe for success starts with a name that can be said with confidence—such a name can be a time-honoured classic, a trendy Top 10 or completely unique.
“A name for success has pleasant sounds and is spelled logically to achieve correct pronunciation.”