British schoolgirl earns 84000 helping chinese parents choose english baby names

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A BRITISH schoolgirl has amassed a fortune — just by helping Chinese parents choose English names for their children.

Beau Jessup, 16, created a website called Special Name which allows families to choose culturally appropriate names that mean something to them.

Six months on, Jessup has earned over 48,000 ($84,000) by helping name more than 200,000 Chinese babies.

The entrepreneurial teen said she was inspired after hearing some of the embarrassing English names Chinese parents had chosen including Gandalf and Cinderella.

Beau told the UK Telegraph: When I went to China I kept being asked to name babies for my parents friends. They explained an English name is vital because you cant use a Chinese name on email or a university application to the UK.

But I also heard lots of examples where people had chosen culturally inappropriate English names theyd heard from films or read online and realised there was an opportunity to help Chinese people get it right from the start.

She said some of the confusion arises because people in China are blocked from using standard baby-naming websites.

Being exposed to luxury items and things like Harry Potter, Disney films and Lord of the Rings means they use those for reference. I once heard of someone called Gandalf and another called Cinderella, Beau said.

Users are charged 60 pence ($1) to use the five-minute service. It asks users to pick five of 12 personality traits which they hope their baby will display, before it presents a shortlist of three names. It also provides examples of famous people with the same name.

Upon selecting a name, parents are given a certificate with the moniker and its meaning.

A growing number of Chinese parents are choosing English names for their children to help them gain study or work opportunities abroad.

Its nice to be a part of such a happy experience and be a part of those young stages in a babys life, Beau told The Telegraph.

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