Picking a name for your child is one of the most exciting experiences a parent can have. It’s something that will be stuck with your child for the rest of their lives. The word they probably hear the most of, just after ‘Hi’ and ‘yes’.
But could the name you pick affect your offspring’s job opportunities and potential earnings?
In a bid to discover which popular baby names are the most valuable and which sector they’re most likely to work in, Compare.bet found the most common Australian names and asked 7,230 people with those monikers to disclose their profession and salary.
The results are interesting, to say the least.
‘Ella’ turned out to be the most ‘valuable’ girl’s name, earning an average salary of $112,174 and often found in a cosy work role such as ‘Creative Director’.
Also in the top for girls, albeit earning just under six figures, are ‘Sophie’ (many working in Marketing), ‘Scarlet’ (quite a few in Audio Production), ‘Maya’ (Media Buyer), and ‘Sophia’ (yes, a little different to ‘Sophie’ and ‘Sophia’s tend to work in Nutrition.
Earning $107,386 in Finance, ‘Elijah’ turns out to be the most valuable boy’s name.
‘Kaiden’ (or ‘Cayden’) tends to earn around 99k, also with numbers – in Accounting. ‘Levi’ is a popular name in the field of Research, ‘Lucas’ (or ‘Lukas’) comes in fourth for the boys and tends to specialise in Social Media, and ‘Liam’ rounds out the lads’ top 5, working in Medicine.
If you’re thinking you’d rather see your kid grow up to earn his living via a trade, then best you give him a name like ‘Jack’ or even ‘Oliver’.
Now, I’m not too sure where Compare.bet did their research – that is, which businesses or regions in Australia they targeted survey respondents – but I’m guessing it wasn’t in regional areas such as the Outback or on mining fields. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure the list would have been jammed with Thommos, Bazzas and Shazzas.
That said, there does appear to be a suspiciously high amount of traditional Jewish names in the list, which are rounded out with a lot of Hannahs, Mias, Alexanders, and Noahs.
Interestingly, not a lot of modern-day ‘hipster’ names made it on the decent salary lists, with the likes of Aubrey, Bryn, Isla or Insta certainly not making the grade. Those names might do better on social media…
For the full list of ‘valuable’ names and what jobs keep the moolah coming in, see below.
|Girl’s Names||Most Common Profession||Average Annual Earning ($AUD)|
|Eliana, Elyana||Communication Officer||$58,532|
|Lilly, Lili, Lilli, Lily, Lillie||Photographer||$54,533|
|Malia, Mahlia, Maliah, Maliya, Maliyah, Malya||Retail Assistant||$54,142|
|Boy’s Names||Most Common Profession||Average Annual Earning ($AUD)|
|Elijah, Eliah, Elija||Financial Advisor||$107,386|
|Levi, Levie, Lévi||Researcher||$81,268|
|Lucas, Lukas||Social Media Specialist||$78,564|
|Oscar, Oskar||Creative Producer||$76,296|
|Alexander, Aleksander, Aleksandr, Alexandar||Plumbers||$72,500|
|Finn, Fin, Fyn, Fynn||Office Coordinator||$66,678|
|Elyas, Elias, Eliyas, Ellias, Élyas, Elías||Sales||$63,157|
|Matéo, Mateo, Mathéo, Matthéo, Mattéo||Writer||$40,741|