Fancy New York parents are giving their children pretentious names

What’s in a name? A whole lot if you’re an elite New Yorker with a new baby and an assortment of friends and acquaintances to impress.

“Elite parents in urban areas lean toward very fashion-forward and sophisticated names,” said Pamela Redmond Satran — the co-author of 10(!) books on baby naming and co-founder of — to the Hollywood Reporter. “They are attracted to quirky, not-so-easy-to-like names that are more difficult to embrace.”

We’ve certainly heard a few of those.

And for New Yorkers — who reportedly fall somewhere between trendy L.A. and more conservative D.C. when it comes to naming their mini-mes — literary names like Dashiell, Sophie, Matilda, and Ophelia are all the rage, report HR.

But have no fear, for those not creative enough Baby Name Consultants are an actual thing. New York’s My Name For Life will set you back a couple hundred dollars, and the Swiss consultancy Erfolgswelle charges over $29,000 to find or create the perfect name for a child.

[Hollywood Reporter]