I recently spotted this name on a baby name forum: Aareighlynn. What do I really think of Aareighlynn? I think it’s a tortured spelling, needlessly complex and, despite all of the extra letters, still confusing. Is it Aria-lynn? A-ray-lynn? A-ree-lynn? Airy-lynn, maybe?
Do I forecast a life of misery for the child named Aareighlynn? No. Just like some children will love having a quirky retro name like Winifred, and others will demand to know why they weren’t named something cool, like Sloane, it’s impossible to say how children will feel about their names.
Still, I do think phonetic transparency is a good goal when inventing names. And I do feel like it’s fair to say that the name could stand to shed a few letters. But is that snobbery? Bad advice? Or, if Aareighlynn has made it to that mama’s shortlist, is there any point in saying that I find the spelling problematic?
I’m just not sure.
- This list of unusual middle names from the royal family was fascinating. And Inigo is among the highlighted names, just days after it was featured as Baby Name of the Day here.
- Let’s remain in the UK for a minute to enjoy the latest birth announcements from British Baby Names. Is it me, or are sibsets like Beatrice Florence Violet and Arthur Ian Benedict just gorgeously English?
- Speaking of birth announcements, I’m surprised we don’t hear more of Coltrane! That’s not British, though – it’s from the great state of Ohio, via Names for Real. The same round-up included girls named Imogen and Eunice, and a boy called Larkin. And, oh my goodness – a girl named Galaga. Is that a video game name, or am I missing something?
- Oh, the names from Design Mom’s Living with Kids series! Coco and Theo are another great duo. It’s the kind of pair that could fail my how-close-is-too-close tests, but somehow works.
- Love this discussion at Waltzing More than Matilda of surnames. I don’t remember this subject coming up at all back in the early days of this blog, but lately it feels like a significant minority of parents are at least questioning the default assumption that we always give children the father’s surname.
- What a fun round-up of international (and internationalish) names from Duana’s column.
- If we didn’t have a daughter called Clio, I would absolutely put Lilo on our shortlist.
- The stories behind Philip and Tiffany Rivers’ kids’ names – and the reveal of what they plan to name baby #8!
- Thanks for the shout-out, Alyssa! It’s great to be in such good company.
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading, and have a fabulous week.