By Sylvia Pennington (stuff.co.nz)
- In The News
- Published: 16 September 2014
Are you a Jaxon, a Rylee, a Danyle or a Jorja? Or, as a parent, have you christened a Klowee, Zaq, Jesyka, Kayleb, or even an Epponnee-Rae, in tribute to the double-barrelled bub of Kath and Kim fame?
'Creatively' spelt names have become all the rage in recent decades. Parents in favour see them as a celebration of uniqueness that will enable their children to stand out from the crowd.
But what's the story when the schoolroom is swapped for the workplace? Is an unconventionally spelt moniker a help or a hindrance when climbing the corporate ladder?
The former, says Mellissah Smith, the founder of Sydney and Atlanta-based consultancy Marketing Eye, who scored her name by accident, courtesy of her immigrant father.
"Mum and dad couldn't spell," Smith says.