Naming Advice As A Profession?

From an article in today's NYTimes on "outsourcing intimate parts of our lives":

"The professional nameologist finds a more auspicious name than we can recall from our family tree."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/06/opinion/sunday/the-outsourced-life.html?ref=opinion

This is the first I've heard of professional nameologists.  Baby name books, yes.  People on blogs/forums willing to give gobs of advice for free, obviously (here we are).  But actually charging a fee for this service, news to me.  Anyone aware of this? 

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May 6, 2012 3:42 PM

What an interesting article. No, I have never heard of nameology before, and I can say with 100% certainty that I would never enlist nor trust someone else with the job of finding a name for my child. You know, the search is a huge part of the fun, and the satisfaction felt after completing a job that took a lot of effort just isn't the same when the effort wasn't expended. I'm definitely not against "outsourcing" in its entirety or prioritizing where you put your energy, but if we tend to appreciate things that we work for, we may be short-changing ourselves out of potentially satisfying or fulfilling experiences.

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May 7, 2012 4:57 PM

I know the authors of one of my other baby name books which is focused on finding a first and middle name that flow with your last name offers private consultations for a fee.  I think for a set price you get X number of boys or girls names or more for both genders.  I think it's a bit over the top but then I hear some of the names people select and I'm thinking maybe they need professional help =)  Just kidding!