New trend sees millennial parents choosing baby names based on DOMAIN availability
- Research suggests young parents are choosing unique domain-friendly names
- It means their child will be able to have a self-named website when they’re older
- They’re citing college applications and future job searching as the reasons for
- But more so than ever children are being splashed across the internet
Choosing your baby’s name is supposed to be one of the most exciting parts about waiting for the new little bundle to arrive.
But there is more pressure than ever to select a name that stands out from the crowd – particularly with research suggesting parents are looking to turn their child’s name into a registered domain.
GoDaddy interviewed 1,000 millennial parents (aged 24-38) and 1,000 Gen X parents (aged 39-53) to decipher how important having a website-appropriate name is.
Choosing your baby’s name is supposed to be one of the most exciting parts about waiting for the new little bundle to arrive
According to the study as many as one in five (20 per cent) of millennial parents said they changed or considered changing their baby’s name based on what domain names were free at the time.
The importance of a strong internet presence for children has nearly doubled among parents between the two generations – with 48 per cent of millennials believing it’s important for their child to have an online presence early in life, compared to just 27 per cent of Gen X respondents.
Millennials are especially familiar with the value of an online presence, given their own experiences growing up as digital natives.
Millennials are especially familiar with the value of an online presence, given their own experiences growing up as digital natives
A staggering 58 per cent of young parents reported getting their first social media profile between the ages of 10 and 17, compared to just 10 percent of Gen X parents.
For those interested in choosing a domain-appropriate name there were two main seasons selected for doing so.
These included future job searching (48 per cent) and college application purposes (47 per cent).
What is a domain name?
Your domain is a key part of your online address, and is what your visitors will use to find you easily.
Your domain name is unique to you; once you have registered it, nobody else can register the same one for as long as you continue to renew it.
The results provided a revealing insight as to how the internet is an ever-growing presence in a child’s life, namely, the average child of a millennial has 107 photos of themselves posted online before they can even walk.
Gen X parents were found to have posted 56 pictures fewer of their child online during the same time period.
But in very promising news parents of all ages are conscious of their children’s digital identity online, with 94 per cent of all survey respondents reporting that they plan to speak to their children about using the internet responsibly.