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Baby Names of the Week: Daeshaun and Harmony

Friday is here and it’s time to welcome our new baby naming contest winners! Following in the last winners’ unconventional footsteps – Karder and Kinley, let us introduce the triumphs of this week: Daeshaun Reckley and Harmony Ira!

As is becoming the habit, this week brings an unusual spelling for a boy as well as an unparalleled name for a girl. Hopefully the parents will give us a hint on why these two names specifically won their hearts.

Daeshaun is a modified spelling of a more frequent Deshawn or Deshaun, although I must say that spelling variations of this name have the dimensions of a mammoth – Deshan, Desean, DeShawn, DeShaun, De Shawn, De Shaun… I could go on and on. Whatever variation you pick, the name is just a modification of Shawn, it’s quite popular within the Afro-American culture, and steady on the popularity ranks since the early 1980s. Originally, Shawn Anglicized from Sean, an Irish variant of John. So if we trace back, Daeshaun might not be as ultra-modern after all. John has been one of the most popular masculine given names over centuries, and in different spellings all over the world.  It originates in Hebrew, means “God is merciful”, and throughout history it was borne by numerous kings, princes, emperors, popes and saints, the most famous being John the Baptist and John the Apostle. Deshawn has its famous bearers too, mainly in the world of sports, including DeShawn Stevenson, an American basketball player for Atlanta Hawks, and DeShaun Foster, an American football player.

The popularity of Harmony shot up in the 2000s even though compared to other feminine names it is fairly unique. Harmony has roots in Greek mythology. Harmonia was the immortal goddess of concord and harmony, and she represents civic unity, order, and love that unites people. One can hardly imagine a better fitting name for a newly born baby girl. Later on, harmony became an important element in music and arts, as a concord in tones or colors. Though in most cases used as a feminine name, there are some scarce examples of men bearing this name as well, including Harmony Korine, an American film producer, screenwriter and director of Spring Breakers.

So my dear moms and soon-to-be moms, do you think the name Harmony will bring the same into the little baby girl’s life? And doesn’t the recent flood of so-called ‘special’ spellings make it, well,  a little less special?

Let us know, we’re always here, desperate to hear your comments!

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  1. Milissa says:

    I named my son daeshaun because his dads name is shorn so I wanted his name in it but different then how everyone else spells it :)

  2. Latoya says:

    Harmony is not a common name, and that is exactly what my husband and I wanted; A name that is beautiful, unique and uncommon. Also, her name incorporates letters from my husband and I first names. The name Ira has been passed down my family for a few generations. In remembrance of my grandmother I wanted to make sure my first born had Ira as a middle name. Also, my middle name is Lee which is three letters and I wanted her middle name to have three letters. ??