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Baby Names of the Week: Karder and Kinley

Friday is here again and we are ready to introduce new winners of our weekly baby naming contest. After leaning towards more established names last week, Davian and Layla, we are about to land on the planet of ‘last names for first names’. Today, a round of applause goes to Karder Johnathan and Kinley Kate!

We will reveal the origins of the names for you, and with a little bit of luck, the parents will chip in about the baby boy’s unexpected spelling and the girl’s alliterative name combination!

Karder is an innovative spelling of the name Carter. It is a very old English occupational surname that formerly referred to ‘the one who uses a cart’. Until today it most frequently occurs as a surname, the famous bearer being Jimmy Carter, born James Earl Carter Jr., the 39th President of the United States and a 2002 Nobel Peace Prize Winner. As a given name, Carter was used fairly seldom, but in the 1990s its popularity skyrocketed in the US. It is also very popular in England, Canada and Northern Ireland.  From a geographical point of view, Carter remains a prominent name of many places and counties in the US.

Similarly to Carter, Kinley was originally used as a surname, more frequently in its older version McKinley. Meaning ‘the son of the white warrior’, it goes back to the Gaelic surname Mac Fionnlagh. Until today, Fionnlagh is used as the name Finley in Irish, Scottish and English. The popularity of Kinley as a given name in the US is very recent. As is the inevitable fate of surnames turning into first names, Kinley can be given to both girls and boys. Currently, it is more popular on the beautiful feminine side of population.  There are several famous bearers of the surname McKinley, including the 25th President of the United States William McKinley.  As a given name, you might have spotted Kinley MacGregor, a pseudonym used by Sherrilyn Kenyon, the author of numerous fantasy novels. Last but not least, Mount McKinley is the highest mountain peak in the US and North America, located in Alaska.

So my dear parents, what inspired you to choose these rather atypical names? Was it a fondness for mountain climbing or the love for vampire pulp fiction? And was it absolutely necessary to change the spelling of our beloved Carter into something people will most likely mispronounce without American accent?

We’re always here, dear moms and soon-to-be moms, waiting for your comments and opinions!

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  1. Melissa says:

    We had a hard time coming to an agreement on a name for our baby boy. We came across Carter and thought we liked the name but spelt differently and came up with his spelling and thought it was perfect & unique. We never seen it spelt this way before except for a last name until a few weeks after he was born a photographer on Facebook posted pictures ofb a baby with the same name & spelling but for a baby girl. So thats our story nothing to significant except that we came up with it and love it!! :)