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October Babies: Skyleur and Cali

Halloween is just around the corner and Belly Ballot is here to introduce the new winners of our monthly naming contest. Light up your jack-o’-lanterns and celebrate the new October babies: Skyleur Monroe and Cali Lynn!

We’ve seen this becoming a trend within the last few years – those unusual spellings! And we are still waiting for someone, preferably the parents themselves, to explain what makes the unusual spelling so desirable these days.

Originally Dutch, Skyleur is a modern spelling variant of Skylar, or Skyler, both of which were ultimately derived from the surname Schuyler, meaning ‘scholar’. As the pronunciation of Schuyler was the same, the spelling was later on changed into more English Skylar, or Skyler, probably because of its association with the word Sky and the name Tyler. It can be used as both masculine and feminine given names. There is an exception to every rule, but in general Skylar is more popular as the feminine spelling of the name, whereas boys go for Skyler. Famous bearers include the American actress Skyler Samuels, and the fictional character of Skyler White, played by Anna Gunn in the American TV drama Breaking Bad.


More often spelt as Callie, Cali is a modern diminutive of the Germanic Caroline, and its multiple variations. The whole name of Cali Lynn very closely reminds us of Carolynn, so we wonder if that’s what little Cali’s parents had in mind. Ultimately derived from Charles, Caroline means ‘free woman’, and it has been one of the most popular feminine given names over centuries and in various spellings in different countries around the world. The famous bearers include the Canadian actress Cali Timmins and the American actress Callie Thorne. Last but not least, Cali is a common short form used for the US state of California.


So, dear moms and soon-to-be moms, where does today’s names’ inspiration come from? Could it be the blueness of the sky and love for the Sunshine State?

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  1. Chelsea & Caleb says:

    We chose the name Cali for a modern twist on the name Callie. We also love that it means “most beautiful” :)

  2. Tiffany Armetrout says:

    Skyleur was originally going to be named Anastasius Josiah (AJ). But nobody could say or spell Anastasius correctly. So I was thinking of baby names one night and thought of the name skyler. At first I didn’t know how I was going to spell it, so I asked my best friend and she decided on the spelling Skyleur. And Monroe comes from Marilyn Monroe. I knew one of my kids would have the name Monroe, so I gave it to my first born.