First, a big thank you for all of the lovely comments regarding the posting schedule here at Appellation Mountain. I’ll be sharing a new calendar shortly. On the downside, it means fewer posts a week. But the upside is that I’ll be able to deal with a long list of technical issues and hopefully take on some new projects that have been on my list forever.
Next, I think I’ve found a phrase to describe spellings that cross a line. I’ve used “creative” or even “keratif,” but I think that’s a bit judge-y and dismissive. Why is Isobel okay, but Aydin problematic? I understand that choosing dominant spellings can make life easier – sometimes. But there’s nothing really wrong with Isobel or Aydin, as long as you’re prepared to spell your child’s name. A lot. And sometimes, that’s completely worth it.
But there is a category of name spellings that I find challenging. Let’s call them novelty spellings.
I recently came across a Kneena. And we’ve all seen the clips of the woman called Airwrecka, and the more recent tales of Kviiilyn.
Novelty spellings work, in the sense that I know how to pronounce Kneena. But they’re a real stretch.
More on this topic later, but for now, I’m curious: have you spotted anything else that strikes you as a novelty spelling?
- Did you see these fun facts about American names? Fascinating.
- More fun with names: time for Nancy’s Baby Name’s annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game.
- This letter to the San Diego Reader is just perfection. Also, I’m waiting to meet a baby Endive.
- In the meantime, meet a baby Norrin.
- I can’t wait to hear what you think should be Names of the Year at Nameberry.
- Fascinating discussion about whether a girl’s name has to be pretty over at Duana – and can you name a girl Keith?
- Swooning over this A to Z list of girls’ names ending in -line. And look – Laureline again!
- Dying to know what they named a sister for Rainey, Rutledge, and Ryatt? You’re in luck!
- On that note, I’m surprised we don’t hear more of Wrangler.
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!