What's in a name? Apparently, a lot more than people realize.
It seems to me that some parents take naming their children more seriously than others. The biggest offenders and a huge pet peeve of mine: parents who take more traditional names and try to cutesy up the spelling ~ often to the point that the name is no longer recognizable without a "Hooked on Phonics" briefing. No better way to start your kid out in life than with a name no one is able or willing to try to pronounce.
Now before you break out the tar and feathers, I'm not balking at cultural names. They tend to have some meaning and thought behind them. But when a simple "Mary" becomes Mareigh just because Mom and Dad are feeling cheeky, I have to pull my red card.
And I'm not the only one who takes issue with this. Studies have shown that kids with way out there names (which is another rant entirely) and/or unusual spellings are at a disadvantage right off the bat. Why burden a child before he can even walk just because you think it's unique or clever? Save that for a nickname. Or better yet, the goldfysh.