Saturday, August 02, 2008

"creative" baby names

For those of you who missed my post about ridiculous baby names, here it is.

On that subject, a woman of my acquaintance announced she was pregnant. I told her I hope she wasn't going to saddle her kid with a name he'd regret later in life. Or worse, some "creative" spelling of a standard name.

She said, "No problem. We're naming him Ian. Not much you could do with that one."

Don't be so sure. With that as a challenge, I came up with the following off the wall and quite cruel spellings of their yet to be born son Ian:

  • Ejan
  • E. N.
  • Yan (Y like Spanish 'and.')
  • Ijn
  • Ee'Yan
  • Eaghan (GH is silent.)

Parents, if you're trying to come up with creative spellings of common names intending to help make your kid stand out and be unique, don't. By middle school he or she would rather just fit in.



Anonymous baby girl said...

I don't agree later in life you want to be special, and a "creative" name cane give a good start for it.

Sunday, August 03, 2008 1:23:00 PM  
Blogger The Sarcasticynic said...

Don't get me wrong, baby girl, I have absolutely no problem with creative names for babies. Some of the names I've seen are the most beautiful around, and very uncommon.

But when parents take a common name and spell it wrong, in a manner that causes most people to mispronounce it, that does a disservice to the child later in life.

Sunday, August 03, 2008 1:34:00 PM  
Blogger Lukey said...

Creative names have their place. But if you get silly, it makes you seem 'common'. Iarn, Een, or Iuhne?

Sunday, August 03, 2008 5:01:00 PM  
Blogger The Sarcasticynic said...

I would have pity on any child with a name spelled Iuhne if his parents expected people to pronounce it like Ian, Lukey. That poor kid will be correcting people for the rest of his life. Or maybe he will just give up and answer to "eye-oo-nee."

Monday, August 04, 2008 5:34:00 AM  
Blogger M@ said...

There was a Seinfeld episode with an Englishman named that... he kept correcting the pronunciation: Eeen!

Monday, August 04, 2008 4:23:00 PM  
Anonymous James B. said...

Here, here. But you know we agree on this one. The only time "creative" names work on a kid is when that kid is born into wealth. That's the kid who will grow up with the knowledge that it doesn't matter if people laugh at him 'cause he's rich! Give a poor kid or regular kid a goofy name, and you've just saddled him with one more hurdle to general acceptance.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008 4:11:00 PM  
Blogger doll said...

Here in Australia the Urban/Kidman kid will always be known as Sunday roast. How they came to be so stupid when naming their little girl we will never know.

(Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise ran in a series of tv adverts for lamb sunday roasts)

Monday, August 11, 2008 1:02:00 AM  
Blogger The Right Baby Name said...

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Saturday, August 16, 2008 2:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the spelling of the name eaghan is old scottish for the name ian and is popular in scotland AND PARTS OF ENGLAND

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 11:07:00 PM  
Blogger The Sarcasticynic said...

cool! I never thought to look to see if it was an actual name!

Thursday, December 25, 2008 10:58:00 AM  

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