Test drive some of the names I’ve collected for this post.
Dear New Parents,
It’s time to choose a name for your baby, the most beautiful baby who has ever existed in the entire history of the Earth. How do you even begin to accomplish this most important of destiny-defining parental tasks?
Well, based on recent trends, you start by choosing a somewhat traditional name, but then you spell it weird. For example, thinking about Sarah? Go with it, but make sure you spell it Sarrah. Prefer Sydney? That’s fine, just spell it Sidnee. It’s cuter that way, and complicated, too, and besides, everybody’s doing it. All good reasons.
To help you choose a name and spell it weird, below please find a two-step form so you too can make life difficult for your newborn.
Step 1: Once you understand your motivations behind choosing a name for your baby, you’ll know nothing more than exactly why you would do this to a kid. Check no more than two, (okay, maybe three), below:
___I want to make my child re-spell their name a bajillion times.
___I want to take revenge on my child for a difficult labor and/or delivery.
___I want to show the world how creative and individual my child will be and I’m going to do it with my child’s primary identifier.
___I want to make my child repeat the re-spelling of their name, double-check and triple-confirm that it’s right, only to see it still spelled wrong on the receipt, coffee cup, diploma, etc.
___I want to ensure that my child will never find a pre-printed personalized key chain, miniature license plate, or bracelet ever in their entire life, thereby saving me $5.95 plus tax at least three times every time we go someplace new.
___I want everyone to know that my child is so unique, I have no choice but to bestow him or her with an equally unique name that makes everyone ask, “What?! Who?! Whyyyyyy?”
Step 2: Once you understand your “why,” test drive some of the names below. You’ll find more girl choices than boy choices. Not sure the reason, but it seems people spend way more time trying to be cute with girls than boys. Circle your first, second, and third choices, and then apply them to your dog or spouse over a two- or three-day period or to save time, go with your number one choice and force it upon your child for all time.
The names and their traditional spellings are on the left below, followed by the weirdly spelled variants, which by the way, are actually spellings I’ve seen lately on social media and on TV.
Mikayla—Micayla, Makaila, Makayla
These are all I’ve been able to collect so far, but they should be enough to get you well on your way to complicating your child’s life. So don’t forget: as the parent, you are in total control here. Consider the long-term effects of your spelling choice… then choose the weirdest spelling you can dream up.
Heard or seen any outlandishly creative spellings for traditional names? Click “like” below and reply in the comments. Also, feel free to correct me if I’m taking this a bit far or have failed to see some redeeming value in the weird spellings of names.
6 replies on “Dear new parents: Complicate your child’s life. Spell their name weird.”
Very good blog and I totally agree but I still can’t click on “like”.
I’ll have to see what’s going on with your “like” button. Not sure. Thanks for reading!
Your lists were great, and they could be so much longer. A fellow teacher had a Kley last year. The worst part was him regularly spelling it Klay. Sigh.
Good grief. What is going on?!
I appreciate your sense of humor and satire. I have seen a lot of kids with names like these. However, I feel the worst for those kids of the children of the sixties…Moonbeam, Morning Glory, etc. What a moniker to leave on them!
Yes. You see odd names occasionally today… Apple, Rumor, North. They won’t reflect the era like those 60s names did though. Thanks for commenting!
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