Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Nayme Gayme

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.


Karen the Californian said...

Well obviously you don't know and love Abbygayle and Emmaleigh.

And their cousins Ginnyfer, Mighkle, Wyllyam, and Andrue.

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Christy said...

Amen indeed! I'll never understand being different purely for the sake of being different. Why do that to your kid?

Gnatalee, Jaq and Bonee's mom

Karen the Californian said...

Gnatalee! I love it!

(Now am I in trouble here because I like to shorten my girls' names to Abi and Eliz? Obviously not many people take that particular route...)