Last month, Bloomberg Business published an article about baby name consulting that featured a pair of so-called “baby-naming experts.”
Now, you can’t get a degree in “baby naming” anywhere. (Possibly you could get a degree in onomastics somewhere, but that’s not quite the same thing.) So how are we supposed to judge whether or not these two people are actually experts? Where’s the evidence of their knowledge?
I assumed it would be at their respective websites, but no — their websites were fairly unimpressive. Neither site indicated to me that these people had any special baby-naming abilities.
So why in the world would I trust either of these “experts” to help me name my baby?
(Hint: I wouldn’t.)
But what if they had used their websites differently? What if, instead of talking up their services and their media coverage, they had generously created lots of insightful, valuable, user-friendly content about baby names — both as a service to the public and as evidence of their expertise?
Well, that would have made all the difference.
Lucky for us, there are people out there who already do this. And these people are called baby name bloggers. Many baby name bloggers offer free public consultations (e.g., suggestion posts) and at least five that I know of also offer private consultations:
|Appellation Mountain||Abby||Private Baby Name Consultations|
|The Art of Naming||Kara||Private Naming Services|
|Sancta Nomina||Kate||Baby Name Consultant (Catholic)|
|Waltzing More Than Matilda||Anna||Name Consultations (Australia)|
|Upswing Baby Names||Angela||Baby Name Coaching|
So if you’re finding the baby naming process to be stressful and/or overwhelming, don’t be afraid to ask for personalized assistance. Not from a some self-ordained “expert” who knows how to manipulate the media, but from a helpful, impartial baby name blogger whose body of work confirms that he/she is a true name expert — and one who shares knowledge for the benefit of all, not just for a handful of clients.