When my friend wanted to name her new baby daughter Bonnie, her husband wasn’t so keen. The reason? “You just can’t imagine a heart surgeon or a prime minister called Bonnie,” he said. Is there any truth to his words? I don’t know for sure, but I do know there’s an app with the answer!
The Nametrix app takes the name game one step further by giving parents-to-be some insight into their child’s future profession and personality. Search a name and the app matches it with likely professions, political parties and its popularity.
Naturally I searched for the names I’d given my own children first. I was a little perplexed to learn that more than five per cent of ‘sampled pirates are named Edward’, closely followed by environmentalists and horse trainers. My Edward isn’t showing any pirate tendencies but I’m quite sure he’d actually be thrilled by this information.
In contrast, the list of professions favoured by people named Patrick could have been written for my son – TV editor, stuntman, drummer, pilot, animator – who cares about ability, he would fancy himself in any of those roles!
Although the app was created using data generated in the US, I used the thoroughly Aussie name ‘Kylie’ as a litmus test and it’s safe to say that the app will hold up to whatever names Australian parents throw at it (the name Kylie peaked in 2003 and is most commonly found in the modelling profession). It’s also worth noting that there is a strong representation of jobs in the performing and visual arts (including strippers, so don’t be alarmed). I do wonder if the Nametrix crew took their samples in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
For the record, my friend did name her daughter Bonnie. According to Nametrix, Bonnie is a popular name for interior designers, clerical staff and nurses and happily also ranks for doctors and politicians!
Nametrix is available from iTunes for $0.99 – warning, this app is thoroughly addictive!