British girl earns $64,100 helping Chinese name their babies
Updated: 2016-09-08 10:16
Beau Jessup, a British A-level student from Gloucestershire. [Photo/BBC]
A 16-year-old has made $64,100 from a website she made to give Chinese babies English names.
Beau Jessup, a British A-level student from Gloucestershire, came up with the idea after a family visit to China. They were out for a meal with friends when she was asked to give an English name to a newborn baby.
'Special Name' requires the user to pick five of the 12 personality traits which they most hope their baby will grow into.
In China they name their child based on the elements and Beau wanted a similarity between how they pick their Chinese name and how they pick their English name.
And she does this by assigning personality traits to each English name.
The three chosen names are then shared with family and friends on We-Chat, China's WhatsApp equivalent, to help make the final decision.
Each suggestion is printed on a certificate with its meaning and an example of a famous person with that name.
Beau says that when she was first asked to name her father's friend's baby, she was surprised.
"I'm not really qualified or relevant enough in that baby's life to be the person to give it a name."