A baby names expert says if you have been given a bogan name, it could ruin your chances of landing the job you want.
Writer Sabrina Rogers-Anderson says many employers tell her, off the record, that having a bogan can be a big problem.
“No one will go on record, because it sounds like discrimination, but so many employers have told me [that a bogan could stop an employer hiring], and a CEO of a big company told me, ‘I can not look down on names that are misspelt’,” she told Mamamia.
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The expert says if your name has strange spelling, it could be a bogan name.
If you’re not sure what qualifies as a bogan name, Rogers-Anderson has penned a book of some 200 bogan names to avoid in her book, The Little Book of Bogan Names.
“At first I thought I can’t actually come up with 200 names, but I could write a second book now with all the new names that people have contributed,” she said on an episode of This Glorious Mess.
Bogan names are apparently getting more creative and have moved on from classic “true-blue bogan names” like Sharon and Barry.
An uncouth or unsophisticated person regarded as being of low social status
(source: Oxford Dictionary)
“They’ve evolved so much now,” said the Canadian-born author.
“There’s just completely made-up names up now and people mash names together. They put two names and stick them together to create a new one,” she added.
Like Kendrew – which must come from parents torn between Kenneth and Andrew.
Spare a thought for poor Wyllium and Jakxsen – who have been named and shamed by the expert as bogan names.
“A child having to spell their name every day of their life that’s really crippling. That’s really awful for them,” Rogers-Anderson said.