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Does Your Child Live in a Spelling Hell?

To all of you spelling bee contestants, get ready for some changes in the category of trendy baby names!

The new millennium certainly brought a lot of novelties in the world of baby naming, but the one of peculiar name spelling just won’t wear off.

It all began much earlier, the 1960s specifically, when moms started being creative with girl names ending in -y, such as Kimberly, Stacy or Tracy. Ever since that time the spelling variants of Tracie, Staci, or Kimberley, I could go on and on, have flooded the baby world.

Unfortunately, the craze of being original didn’t stop there. Recently, it looks as if atypical name spelling, whether it’s a boy or a girl, is the new normal. In hunt for uniqueness, mothers are willing to sacrifice any kind of phonics or spelling rules. In spite of the fact that once pronounced the names sound the same, the result is often a visual catastrophe. Here are just a few examples: Jazmynn, Trystan, Nikole, Riyan, Audreigh, Grayce, Paityn, Aiden, Adan, Kristoffer, Kooper, Kaetlinne, Kaecee, Mykel, Kerree, Emhily… – the list is simply endless.

As the former teacher of English and unluckily the bearer of an unusually spelt name as well, let me give you some advice, soon-to-be moms. When it comes down to your offspring’s name spelling, weird is not a synonym for singular, in most cases it’s just weird. Think about it next time you’re ordering coffee at Starbucks. I curse my name every time my cup says Lucy instead of Lucie, or when my sister-in-law misspells it on a thank you card. And she’s family, for crying out loud!

To sum things up, a spelling deviation is not going to make your little prodigy stand out any more than they already do. After all, aren’t they exceptional even without an extra letter in their name?

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  1. Ashley Nicole Ware says:

    I think parents are too caught up in being unique with their childs name that it becomes weird. We all want our children to be independent, stand out, & not follow the “norm” but coming up with these different names & different ways of spelling the name can & will harm the child in the long run. It’s celebrities who these parents are trying to copy after. Let’s remember celebrity children have fortune & fame to fall back on. Your child more than likely won’t have that lifestyle & will be applying for jobs just like the rest of us. You have to think long term when it comes to these names that a parent may consider “unique”, because to an employer they may consider the applicants name as “ghetto, trashy, offensive, disrespectful, or just plain stupid”. It’s sad but it’s true. To each his/her own when naming their child but keep in mind the teasing the child will receive from classmates because the teacher pronounces it wrong daily, the frustration of constantly correcting people of how to pronounce & spell their name, & the over all embarrassment of having this overly “unique” name.