Last Updated on: 23rd February 2023, 09:29 pm
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that naming a baby is easy. Whatever you settle on, you, and more importantly the kid, are wearing it forever. Clearly, it’s a choice that you’re going to want to get right. And yeah, sometimes it’s nice to have a little help. But if you ever find yourself getting to the point where paying some lady who has never had to name a child of her own up to $10,000 to suggest names for yours seems like a thing you should actually go ahead and do, I say with every ounce of sincerity I possess that perhaps you may not be prepared to face down the many challenges that parenting is going to present you. To be fair, I say this as someone who also doesn’t have any children of his own. But it does come from an oldest child who’s been through some things, so there’s that. I’ll let you decide what it’s worth.
Taylor A. Humphrey, 33, helped name more than 100 babies in 2020, raking in more than $150,000 from cashed-up couples.
Some panicked parents are even turning over an eye-popping $10,000 so that Humphrey can help them settle on an impeccable name for their offspring.
The New York businesswoman — who does not have any children — bills herself as a “passionate writer and storyteller” who is “adept at branding, marketing and social media.”
Depending on how much expectant parents pay, Humphrey’s services “range from a phone call and a bespoke name list to a genealogical investigation” with the aim of unearthing old family names, as reported by The New Yorker.
Recently, the innovative entrepreneur chose the baby name Parks for a couple who had their first kiss in a town called Parker.
In a recent video, Humphrey advised a mom who was expecting baby No. 3 and needed a name to flow with those of her two older sons, Emmet and Miller.
Humphrey’s top picks: Grady, Wilson, Waylon and Fletcher.
Her website is here if you feel you need it or if, like me, you’re tempted to spring for a list just to see what she might come up with for your own hypothetical kid.
There’s also a “What should I name my baby?” quiz you can try. Most of the decent names in my highest scoring categories are things I likely would have come up with on my own or names that other people in my close family are already using, but it’s a general quiz, so your mileage may vary. But please, tell me that nobody out there is naming their little girl Buttercup. Buttercup is a cow.