1.18.2010

The Name Game


As time passes and more and more people i know are having kids and the people they know are having kids, and inevitably having to name the aforementioned kids, i can't help but cringe every time i see a name spelled "uniquely". i'm not talking about unique names like latata or shaquida..those names are a whole other topic reserved for another day. no, i'm referring to the addilynns and jaykobs and aidynns and jaynes. i don't know what compels a parent into making such odd spelling choices for her child. if it wasn't for the overwhelming number of misspelled/uniquely spelled/whatever you want to call it names, i'd think that people just didn't know how to spell. in fact, i just asked mike the other day whether he thought that someone we knew spelled their kid's name differently on purpose or if she didn't know how to spell. Apparently she just wanted to call him by a certain nick-name which only works when you spell the name wrong. why not just go with the nick-name in the first place? Again, a whole other subject for a whole other day. where was i... ah,yes. so, obviously we have a trend here- either name your kid something ridiculous like Apple or Inspektor Pilot(double whammy on Inspektor), or just spell his name with a few extra consonants, or maybe completely strip down the name to have as few letters as possible, and perhaps throw in a Y for fun. That way, when there are seven michaels in the class, your little Mykel can smile a little wider knowing that sure, everyone's name is pronounced exactly like his, really not making his name unique at all, BUT his teacher had to stop a few extra seconds to decipher the foreign-ness of the word, while at the same time wondering what the hell little Mykel's parents were thinking. This is my overall point/question here- why go through such lengths to make such a common name so unique, when it really is not unique when said aloud, just spelled so stupidly that it's only going to be harder for people to read, making your child have to correct person after person? i know how that goes, and it really does get quite annoying after 25 years to have your name be "Tanisha You Spell That T A N I S H A". i wouldn't be surprised if eventually we got to the point where names like "Xavier" is written like this: xGYUBKFier. i have to admit that i mostly love rare-not made up- names, and i understand having to feminize a name that's normally masculine with a Y or something, but when you go to all lengths to have the only Mahree in the state, you're a little on the crazy side.

7 comments:

  1. I came across a "jannifer" yesterday and thought of your blog. haha.

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  2. I love this post. I completely agree with you. The weird spellings drive me wild! It's the SAME NAME!! And if you're going to name your child one thing and call them something else, why not just name them the something else? Weird. Well, to each their own.

    I struggled between naming our girl "Wren" or "Reine". Same exact name, incredibly different spellings. REINE is what I wanted to name her- because French is special to Michael, it means "queen" in French, and that's why we liked the name in the first place. Naming her WREN would've just been kind of strange, because that's completely different than what we wanted to name her- just easier for people to pronounce. But if it's just a name? SPELL IT RIGHT! Sheesh.

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  3. I could not agree more. When I had Lily I was so surprised at how many people spelled her name incorrectly..(Lillie, Lilly, Lillee, Lilee, and so on) It was like everyone was surprised that we actually spelled her name the CORRECT way.

    P.S. I am glad that I found your blog!!

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  4. I personally love unique spelling names. You cant misspell a name.what if you are just spelling it wrong. I love being one of The only ones with an "I" at the end. Maybe the parents who think they are spelling it " correctly " are actually spelling it wrong.

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  5. well, names are hard to misspell...most names have been around for a long, long time...a lot of them have been around since the very beginning. i don't think the archangel michael misspelled his name. anyway, your name isn't one of the very bad ones anyway, so i can see how you like it.

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  6. Yeah but it's your kids name ha so who cares what other people think. Kids these days love having unique and not common names.

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  7. Ha! I love it! I couldn't agree with you more. I have observed this happening more in Utah than in any other place. Weirdness.

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