Do you just hate the thought of hunkering down to painstakingly research companies for possible investment? Are you not interested in receiving stock and fund recommendations from trusted sources, instead wanting to dig up promising long-term investments on your own? Here's a new gambit for you: Study what new parents are naming their children.
According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel, more and more parents are naming their babies after products or even companies. That's right -- in 2000 there were at least five girls named Disney
Why might an investor care? Well, if the world has more and more Nauticas
Of course, there's a little danger in this, too. If Courvoisier Wilson turns out to be a Very Bad Person (perhaps a serial killer or infomercial pitch person), the namesake product's image might find itself a bit tarnished.
One factor driving parents to choose these names is a desire to be different. If you're among them, here are names you might avoid, as you think of products and services that you love: According to the Social Security Administration, which is able to keep track of baby names when parents file for Social Security numbers, the top girl names in 2003 were Emily, Emma, Madison, Hannah, Olivia, Abigail, Alexis, Ashley, Elizabeth, and Samantha. The top boys' names were Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Andrew, Joseph, Ethan, Daniel, Christopher, and Anthony. The list doesn't change too quickly, as Emily has held the top position since 1996 and Jacob since 1999.
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Longtime Fool contributor Selena Maranjian does not own shares of any companies mentioned in this article.