You've probably noticed that as of recent years, you've been introduced to far less Jessicas and Bens, and a few more Poison-IVs and Prancers. Here's why.
If you were to sit in a Kindy classroom today and listen to role-call, you'd probably think the teacher was rattling off the characters from the Seven Dwarfs. People are naming their kids some weird sh*t these days.
People are naming their kids some weird sh*t these days - from Instagram filters to emotion to actual adjectives, if you can think of it, give it a spelling and pronounce it... chances are, it's a child's name.
In a recent study, conducted by Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University, it was found that parents are increasingly opting for bizarre, unique names after analysing the first names of over 358 MILLION babies.
Even between 2004 - 2006, already 66% of boys' and 76% girls' names didn't fall under the 50 most common names of that time.
Since then, it has now risen to 72% of boys and 79% of girls.
The professor reasons that this need to be different is because of the rising popularity in our individualistic culture... aka hipsters.
"The tendency to want your kids to stand out is even more pronounced now than it was 10 years ago," Jean said. "They were raised with phrases like, 'you shouldn't care what anyone else thinks of you, you can be anything you want to be, it's good to be different, you have to love yourself first before you love anyone else.'"
Another reason that Jean touched on is our growing obsession with fame and celebrities. Like, if you think about it, we are constantly subjected to hearing names like Saint, Blue Ivy and Sage Moonblood.
"People are interested in fame and celebrities and these types of values instead of, for example, getting involved in the community," Jean went on.