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Question ~ Making up baby names is something few people did 50 years ago. Our parents had all the classic names, but nothing new, and rarely spelled differently. This has opened up a wonderful creative fountain of ideas in baby names. Some of you have fashioned names by blending ancestors' names, some have used items, seasons, emotions and virtues as names. Let's list some we have created or chosen ourselves, and any we have simply heard of recently. Also, what's your opinion? Is this trend on the upswing, here to stay, or is it going out and are people going back to standard names?

From Mari K ~ I love made up baby names. I was adopted at nine years old into a family of made up and differently spelled names, and I always felt left out because I was boring Marilynn Susan. I have kids myself, and so do three of my sisters, and we all got together and made up unusual names for our kids. The girls are Anetiyea (Ahn-ah-tie-yah) Mallorie, Kehiah (Kay-ee-ah) Abbigail, Rehnyi (Rain-ee) Caya, Eibba (Ee-bah) Janae, Adenia (Ah-den-yah) Elise, and Leira (Lee-ra) Joann. The boys are: Reylyt (Rel-let) Matthew, Ilham (Ee-lam) Jacob, Yraha (Yarr-uh) Christopher, and Acenn (Ah-senn) Yeniso.

These may seem like completely outrageous names, but I get compliments all the time on my daughter's Adenia and Anetiyea and my son Reylyt's names. My sisters and I love these names and our kids love them too. We wouldn't change them for anything.

From Critney ~ A lot of people haven't heard my name. It was a family name. It's Critney (like Britnay but with a "C".) As for me, my husband and I have decided to use common names. For a boy we decided on Michael Paul (which is his middle name and his papaw's name), and for a girl Trinity Faith (I picked the first name and he picked the middle name). I like some of the older names, though. Just not so unheard of. Mine gets mispronouned all the time.

From Susue ~ I personally have a love for traditional names but I believe the more unique names are probably here to stay for a while. Just ask Courteney Cox and Gwynneth Paltrow.

From CNYMom ~ I love the fact we went with a traditional name for our daughter. We (she) get many compliments on her name - makes me smile when people just adore her and the name. Also, we chose to spell it the way we wanted people to pronounce it-so there was no confusion - MADELYN ELIZABETH.

From Jelly-Anne ~ I made up a name when I was about 5 and was sure I would name a future daughter it, but didn't!! It was "Jadasteen." I don't know where it came from and am certainly glad I didn't think about it when we had a girl!!

From bugsmom ~ I really don't care for made up names. My mom is a middle school teacher and works with a very ethnically diverse population. The first few weeks are hard for a teacher who has to learn new names and spellings and pronunciations of what at one point were simply names.

From Melissa ~ I had a friend in high school from Puerto Rico whose parents made up her name - Xiomara (pronounced Zee-oh-mah-ra). I thought it was interesting.

From Mrs.C ~ I'm not a fan of made-up names, only because they're hard to remember sometimes! I do, however, like unique and/or traditional names. If this baby is a girl, she'll be Grace Hana. If a boy, we're between Bennett Chase and Brady Chase. I prefer traditional names for girls, and surnames for boys - don't know why - it's just the names I happen to like.

From missing ~ I don't care for made-up names or 'creative' or 'unique' spellings. It just sets the child up for a lifetime of having to correct people. We picked easily pronounable names for our children, spelled them traditionally, and kept it very gender-specific. No confusion there.

From hedra ~ If the name has meaning for the family, go for it. Made up or not, blended or not. Less confusing is good, though. And it should (IMHO) be something that could be used by anyone from a CEO to a plumber without causing snickers. One of my best friends' son's name is a blend of his father's name and his grandmother's name (Amiran - Amir plus Anna), and it would have been Amiranna if he'd been a girl. I don't see anything wrong with that name at all.

Oh, and funny story - one of the names I'd chosen for a boy the last time was Daeland, which is a really OBSCURE gaelic name (was used briefly as a last name in gaelic, not as a first), which means 'god's fire'. I mentioned the name and one of the other moms on the BB said she knew someone who 'made up' the same name, as a blend of Dale and Andrew, I think (for race car drivers?). So you never know when a made up name is really not a made up name! LOL!

Here to stay, IMHO. But I bet it will be more and less popular as the generations who had made up names themselves start having more kids, depending on what problems they had with the names.

From ElizabethJ ~ Another one here who's not much on it. I worked for 5 years in a public university, and it was ridiculous, and often sad what names children got saddled with. To each his own though. I'm sure there are some who think my kids have boring names.

From yep they're twins ~ Being someone with a unique name, Erasmia, I don't know I've enjoyed having my own identity I guess. I've never ran into another one other than those in my family who have the same name. Both my girls don't have too unique of names although they are names that are not heard everyday and easily pronounceable. I figure to each its own. Honestly does it advertently effect me and my children if someone in their classroom is named something totally different? Nope.

Now I will say some of the names I hear and just cringe thinking with 'was that parent thinking' but of course keep my comments to myself. There was someone in our church that named their son Gleb after a Russian saint. All I could think was "oh kid I feel sorry for you."

From KarenP ~ I generally don't like made up names unless they seem to have a poetic ring, like my friend who named her daughter Zia. Took some getting used to but now I love it. And there's no polite way to tell a parent you think they're nuts for using a particular name. So I just smile and move on to another topic.

From annalauren ~ I don't particularly care for made up names or the creative spellings. I think it sets up the kid (and later adult) to have to constantly correct people, which would get old pretty fast. In addition, some of the spellings are so strange, it seems like it would be confusing to a kid when you're trying to teach them to sound out words to read and they can't do that with their own name

It does seems to be here to stay - at least for now.

From MardiGrasGirl ~ I went with traditional spellings on all of the names (not sure if Andrew's even has an alternative...) Know what all of the different spellings has done to my children's traditionally spelled names? They get questioned and Megan's name actually gets spelled wrong by family. You'd think if anyone could spell it right. I also always get asked when giving my name for something if it's spelled with a "y" or some other way.

I think sometimes a unique name can be interesting but I have met one child where her adoptive mother didn't even know the correct pronunciation of the name (was never able to ask the birth mother). I think that's a bit extreme, although--off topic--I really respected the fact that she kept the name anyway because she thought it was important for the girl to have the name she was born with.

From miss meg ~ Ok . . . my daughter's name is "Mairi" (pronounced like the traditional Mary). We chose to use the Scottish Gaelic spelling, knowing she might go through some troubling times with it. But it's a beautiful spelling and blends with her middle name: Mairi Emmeline.

As for truely unique names, I saw one back when my son was in infant day care that just blew me away. One of the babies in his room was Jharmaharya. Pronounced "Jamaria". I think it's a lovely name to pronounce, but the spelling threw me off for a few months before I got it.

From ErinFiatl ~ I go back and forth on this. I've heard some very pretty names that are made up, but also some so far out there I couldn't pronounce them. We've always leaned toward unique names ourselves. My husband is Italian, as is our lastname. It made sense to us to choose Italian names with Italian spellings. I often get questioned about the spelling of my daughter's name . . . even had one person tell me I was spelling it wrong (after all, her sister spent time in Italy and said we were wrong).

I don't tend to give strong opinions when people share planned names with me. I've seen too many feelings hurt. Families and friends can be ruthless. One of my friends got calls daily from her family members insisting she choose a different name for her son. Bottom line, it was none of their business and none of us can see him as any other name. His unique name so well suits him.

From Guest ~ I think this fad will be stay in for a while. Two out of my four kids have either a unique name or spelling. I named my daughter Chyanna Sioux. My youngest boy is Jaison (Jason). I'm hoping for another girl this time around, and I'm thinking about Emmalee Mae.

From Amonika ~ I think it really depends. For me if you're using a traditional name, I don't like the new spellings. I think it makes it hard and the child gets lots of questions on "how do you spell it." That is a personal opinion for me. However, if the name sounds ok and there's a story behind it, then it doesn't bother me so much. My oldest daughter's name is actually a made up name. It's Avrianna (pronounced like Adrianna but with a v rather than a d sound). My husband nd I went back and forth on a name for her. He loved Adrianna and I loved Avery (which he was opposed to because traditionally it's a boy's name). I wouldn't budge on the name so he came up with Avrianna with a nickname of Ava. It kind of merged the two names that we were stuck on together into one and that became her name. At first I wasn't sold as it's not traditional (or even remotely a normal name) and I knew we would always get "how do you say it" and "how do you spell it". However, it's not bad and once you tell somebody they know it. Nobody ever forgets her name either because of its uniqueness.

So, I am split on this even though I did kind of make up a name for my daughter. I do, however, feel that naming a child is a parent's choice and no matter what kind of crazy concoction they come up with, that is for them to decide. I don't normally give opinions on names unless I'm asked which one do you like better. I just wish that some of the concoctions were easier to spell.

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