One of the first things teachers tell students today is not to bring text message lingo into the classroom. Who ever thought text message slang would appear in baby names? Uniquely spelled baby names are currently as popular as finding a one of a kind name itself, but some parents are taking spelling to an extreme.
Names like Jaymz and Mayson have added letters that their regular spellings typically would not include—presumably so children can have a unique name compared to their peers.
Does a uniquely spelled name really help a kid stand out, or does it set a lifetime of having to correct how his or her name is spelled? Especially for generations that rely on text heavily for communication—names with arbitrary spelling may lead to a lifetime of confusion. Should parents spelling kid’s names differently just select a name that is unique in itself?
Whether you love or hate seeing new trending names with extra letters—or some missing letters completely—it seems like these names aren’t going anywhere.
Here are some of the names we most commonly see with unique spellings.
Aiden [Ayden, Aedan, Adin] (Irish): A fiery young man
James [Jaymes, Jamez, Jms] (Hebrew): Form of Jacob, meaning
Connor [Conner, Cohnor, Kohnner] (Gaelic): A wolf-lover
Jason [Jayson, Jaysin] (Hebrew): God is my salvation
Jennifer [Gennifer, Ginipher] (Welsh): One who is fair; A beautiful girl
Bailey [Bayleigh, Baylee] (English): From the courtyard within castle walls
Taylor [Tailer, Taylr, Talor] (English): Cutter of cloth; One who alters garments
Madison [Maddison, Madisyn, Madicyn] (English): Daughter of a mighty warrior
As most parents are searching for the perfect unique baby name, some try to put their own flare on classic names. Whether it’s spelling the name differently or trying to change the pronunciation, baby names with unique spelling variations are becoming increasingly popular—both in a positive and negative way. Some parents love spelling names like “Cydnee” or “Mykel,” while many others think the irregular spelling will make life difficult for the child as he or she grows. Would having a name with irregular spelling at the top of your résumé make you feel less confident? Will employers make negative judgment, or will it help your kid stand out from the crowd?
Check out our list of baby names with unique spellings—are any of them your top picks?
Jeph instead of Jeff
Fenyx instead of Phoenix
Jaycob instead of Jacob
Konnor instead of Connor
Maddisyn instead of Madison
Ribekkah instead of Rebecca
Linzy instead of Lindsay
Gennifer instead of Jennifer
If you could change your own name, would you? Is that something you should keep in mind when you’re trying to name your own baby? While not an every day occurrence, name changes are far from unheard of. There’s a chance your daughter will want something with more syllables that “Jane,” even though you thought it would be simple and sweet. What would you change your name to?
Here’s a list of our favorite unique baby names that we can’t see anyone ever wanting to change!
Hugo (German): Having a bright mind
Alden (English): An old friend
Flynn (Irish): One who has a ruddy complexion
Rowan (Gaelic): From the tree with red berries; A little red-haired boy
Eloise (Latin): Form of Louise, meaning “a famous warrior”
Gracie (Latin): Having god’s favor; In mythology, the Graces were the personification of beauty, charm and grace
Avery (English): One who is a wise ruler; Of the nobility
Monet (French): Form of Monica, meaning “a solitary woman/ one who advises others”
Unique baby names for boys have a tough job. They need to sound cute while your baby is growing, but evolve into a strong name once your son grows into adulthood. It’s tradition to name a baby after his father or someone else closely related, but as current trends dictate, inspiration for baby names doesn’t need to come from a family perspective. Many parents are shying away from the most commonly used names that took the spotlight for naming trends over the last few years. Unique names are all about having a different sound and perhaps spelling, but not being so outlandish that the name seems unreal. Older names are even making a comeback for today’s babies, but often as a shortened version or nicknamed variation. We think there’s a pretty open playing field right now for baby names, almost anything goes.
These are our top unique baby name picks for boys in 2012:
Hank (English): Form of Hengry, meaning “the ruler of the house”
Chord (English): One who makes cord
Harrison (English): The son of Harry
Nial (Celtic): Form of Neil, meaning “the champion”
Pierce (English): Form of Peter, meaning “as solid and strong as a rock”
You’re shopping for a personalized license plate for your daughter’s first bike, but the store doesn’t have one with the name “Miranda” on it. Should you be happy that your daughter has a unique name, or sad that it’s too obscure for personalized gifts? As unique baby names are becoming more and more common, it’s becoming just as common to see personalized kid’s gifts with equally obscure names. But of course, there’s only a few cups that say “Tristan” in comparison to several with “Jacob.”
Coca-Cola recently launched an advertising campaign of selling personalized bottles of Coke with common and not so common names on the labels in New Zealand. Soda drinkers down under are patrolling Facebook with photo updates and name requests, some even offering “family photos” of soda bottles with names of everyone in the family, as pictured above.
Would you rather your baby’s name be one of a kind—you can buy your own personalized gear. Or would you rather your baby be able to see his or her name along with others?
Here are some of our favorite names Coca-Cola is already printing on the bottles—we’re looking forward to seeing which new names they add!
Angus (Scottish): One force; One strength; One choice
Callum (Gaelic): Resembling a dove
Jake (English): Form of Jacob, meaning “he who supplants”
Troy (Gaelic): Son of a footsoldier
Anahera (Maori): Archangel or angel
Ella (German): From a foreign land
Kate (Greek): Form of Catherine, meaning “one who is pure; Viringal”
Leilani (Hawiian): Heavenly lei; Royal child of heaven
Baby’s first birthday will be at the trademarking office. Unique baby names have been the top-naming trend for the last few years, with even the once unique names now becoming the new norm. How do you go about ruling out what names are too common?
Holly Madison, celebrity dancer and mom-in-waiting, told People Magazine, “I don’t like common names at all. If I’ve heard it before on somebody more than one time then it’s out!”
It seems a lot of parents feel this way. Huffington Post ran an article earlier this year highlighting surveys from globally based websites who asked parents if they had any regret for the names they chose. The arbitrary surveys had voluntary participants—these findings probably won’t end up in scientific books—but the results displayed parents visiting the sites had a number of participants either feeling their child’s name was too common or wasn’t a fit to his or her personality.
Since the unique names have become the new normal, maybe the classic names will soon be making a comeback. In the meantime, we’ve chosen some names that we think are at least a few of a kind!
Lambert (Scandinavian): The light of the land
Henley (English): From the high meadow
Kahlil (Arabic): A beloved friend
Mercer (English): A storekeeper
Nafisa (Arabic): As precious as a gem
Jobey (Hebrew): One who is persecuted
Emsley (English): A gift from god
Colwyn (Welsh): From the river
How are you choosing a baby name? Internet searches, family recommendations, or are you looking in books and magazines to find out what the most popular monikers are right now? There’s undoubtebly been the phase of –aden names, must have middle names, and just try finding a popular name for baby girls that doesn’t end with the letter “a.” Baby name trends are just like any other trend, except what’s popular now might not hold the test of time as your baby ages. We all probably know someone with a name we can’t imagine passing on to our own children. How do you avoid finding your baby in the same position? Classic names that never seem to go out of style, or a unique title that doesn’t need to stand the test of time to define it? Here are some of our favorite popular baby name picks that we think are unique, but not too unique!
Elliot (English): Form of Elijah, meaning “Jehovah is my god”
Levi (Hebrew): We are united as one; in the Bible, one of Jacob’s sons
Edward (English): A wealthy protector
Griffin (Latin): Having a hooked nose
Phoebe (Greek): A bright, shining woman; In mythology, another name for the goddess of the moon
Quinn (German): Woman who is queenly
Eloise (Latin): Form of Louisa, meaning “a famous warrior”
Alison (Irish): Honest
That’s right, we said it! Parents who are not afraid to think outside of the box for naming their child are few and far between. Here is a list of “funk-tastic” baby names, brought to you by the BabyNameRegistry.info. We hope you enjoy and as we always say, inspiration for choosing a name can come from just about anywhere!
Blaze (Latin/American): Form of Blaise, meaning “a fiery man”
[Parents: Before jumping to conclusions and automatically crossing this off of your list of possibilities—consider this name paired with the middle name Alexander: Blaze Alexander. Not only does it sound masculine, it is also very powerful and strong.]
Jax (English): Form of Jackson, meaning “the son of Jack of John”
Levi (Hebrew): We are united as one; in the Bible, one of Jacob’s sons
Zander (Slavic): Helper and defender of mankind
Aspen (English): From the Aspen tree
Gwendolyn (Welsh): One who is fair; of the white ring
Harlie (English): Form of Harley, meaning “from the meadow of the Hares”
Tullia (Irish): One who is peaceful
In lieu of the many shortened work weeks and a short amount of time until the upcoming year, here are a few shortened names that are sure to sound great for your soon-to-be. If you are expecting a child and have yet to find that perfect name, check out this list of names that are unique, easy to remember, and trendy!
Al (German): Short for Albert, meaning “One who is noble and bright”
Jay (Latin/Sanskrit): Resembling a jaybird/one who is victorious
Lee (English): From the meadow
Tye (English): From the fenced-in pasture
Ali (Arabic): Short for Allison; the great one; one who is exalted
Bri (Irish): Short of Brianna; feminine form of Brian; from the high hill; one who ascends
Lea (English): From the meadow
Mia (Israeli/Latin): Feminine form of Michael; who is like God?
Many couples choose to keep the sex of their baby-to-be a secret until he or she is born. This is not only exciting for the parents but for family and friends as well. It is also a smart idea for a couple expecting more than one child because the clothing and accessories given to the mother at the baby shower can be used for pregnancies in the future.
If you are expecting a child and are not yet sure of the babies gender but would like to start coming up with possible names, here are a few unisex baby names that might interest you. These names can be used for both boys and girls no matter what the outcome may be.
Avery (English): One who is a wise ruler; of the nobility
Bailey (English): From the courtyard within castle walls; a public official
Casey (Irish): One who is alert; watchful
Harley (English): From the meadow of the hares
Jerry (Greek): Holy; having great strength
Morgan (Welsh): Circling the bright sea; a sea dweller
Regan (Gaelic): Born into royalty; the little ruler
Taylor (English): One who alters garments