For nominatively challenged parents, a new company offers help. Future Perfect charges $350 for a personalized list of 10 possible first and middle names for a newborn. For $225, you’ll get a list of first names only, while for $100 they’ll provide “a namestorming session like no other.” And for a mere $75, they’ll also help you name your pet.
Women named Virginia are disproportionately likely to move to Virginia in their adulthood. The same logic applies to women named Georgia and to those whose surnames begin with “Cal” (California) and “Tex” (Texas).
Change your name, of course.
In 2009, a drunk New Zealander lost a poker bet and had his name changed to “Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova”. He found out that it was accepted 5 years later after receiving a confirmation letter.
Matthew McConaughey’s brother, Rooster McConaughey, named his son Miller Lyte and in return was gifted a years supply of beer for his life long commitment to the brand.
Parents who are concerned about how their children’s names may affect them in life can now hire services to name their kids for them. Services have popped up all over the US and Europe, with one Swiss agency charging $29,000 to research and recommend your child’s name.
“Kevin” is seen in Germany as a low-class name. In a phenomenon known as “Kevinismus”, those with the name reportedly experience discrimination; a joke claims that “Only druggies and East Germans are named Kevin”.
In some cultures children were intentionally given names with unfavorable meanings like ‘ugly’ and ‘crippled’, as it was thought that this would make them less desirable to child-stealing demons.
The name Gary has almost died out. In 2013 there were only 450 new Gary’s in the US, in the UK just 28.
A boy was allowed to change his own name when he was 8 years old. Today, he is Dr. Loki Skylizard.