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Another baby-naming trend is giving classic names a twist by spelling them untraditionally. There are usually at least five different ways to spell any name (Kate, Cait, Kayte, Cait, K8), so why not set your child apart with a different take on an old favorite? The issue has sparked much debate among Parent Soupers. Let’s hear some arguments pro and con:
“My guess is that, for everyone who has a unique name that they hate, there is someone else out there with a common/popular name and they don’t want to inflict the same fate on their children. After all, it doesn’t matter if it is spelled Gennifer, Jenifur, or Geniphur: When you call out her name in the mall, it is still Jennifer.
~ Marian, New Mexico
“I worry about some of these children when I see what they are named! Some of these creative spellings look like the parents just can’t spell.
~ Leigh, Georgia
“Actually some of these parents can’t spell. Oprah has said before that she is actually named after someone in the Bible (I think Ophra), but her parents spelled it wrong. I have also known people whose parents were so out of it, they simply messed up the spelling on the birth certificate. Sad, but true!
~ Susan, Alabama
“I have trouble picturing a Hilaree Rodham Clinton or Hilari Rodham Clinton. There has to be a balance between creativity and functionality.
~ Robin, California
“On behalf of the creative spellers out there: This is the United States of America, and much blood has been shed to insure your right to spell ‘Tom’ with a ‘Q’ if you so desire. Every baby is unique, and I can certainly understand the desitre of many parents to express that uniqueness in the baby’s name. Personally, I’m trying very hard to make sure that the child I’m expecting won’t share a name with 10 other kids in his pre-school class. But we have to be careful when we change a classic name and give it a creative spelling. Remember that our spelling will be giving others a first impression of our children, often before they have had a chance to do so in person (as on a resume, for instance).
~ Maura, Virginia
And, to put some perspective on the whole name game:
“Three dogs are sitting on a corner. The first dog says to the second, ‘What’s your name?’ The second dog replies, ‘My name is Fifi: F-I-F-I.’ The second dog asks the first dog his name and the first dog replies, ‘My name is Mimi: M-I-M-I.’ The first dog asks the third his name and the third dog replies, ‘Fido: P-H-Y-D-E-A-U-X.’ I love that joke! Remember that this naming business can be fun.”
~ Lisa, California
from the Parents of Parent Soup
Excerpt from the Copley News Service