Thursday, August 17, 2006

More Dumb--Er, I Mean Creative Names

OK, I've already blogged about how much nonstandard names or spellings of names bother me. This is a huge trend in Utah and only getting worse.

Exhibit A: My wife has 23 students in her kindergarten class this year, and 9 of those have weird names. Why do parents think this is a good idea? Here are the yucky names from her class:

Zander
Jaron
Jence
Kian
Kendyl
Keylla
Aisea
Sydnee
Celestial

In my opinion, the worst one of that bunch is Aisea. How the hell are you supposed to pronounce that?

8 comments:

Rebecca said...

Hm. To me it looks like it would be pronounced "I see," which could be kind of funny. Of course, it's probably pronounced "Janfrieda," or something like that. I think the worst one is Celestial. That's just...wow. Bad.

Alb said...

It is actually pronounced "I see a." I'm not sure what he sees but he can walk around saying his own name every time he wants to comment on something he sees.

jana said...

These are really, really awful. I can't imagine what these parents were thinking! Like, can you see a GA with any of these names (assuming at least one of them is a male name)??

Sister Mary Lisa said...

I'm thinking Aisea is pronounced "Asia" and the parents thought they would be cool giving their kid a name that is unique. Don't they read the statistics of children deemed "different" by their names? Sheece.

Mike said...

What bothers me about many of these names is the artificial feeling that they evoke. The alternate spellings cause them to become cumbersome. While phonetically the same, they no longer flow easily in my mind. And then there is the creation of new names that are still closely related to normal names. One example would be Kynthia. Go ahead - say it out loud. The parents have stuck this poor girl with a harsh sounding name! The whole thing appears to me to be an epidemic of parents straining to be creative. Not only have they failed, but they have failed miserably and publicly.

T said...

I know a Zander. He's a kid in the daycare I work at. And this is nowhere near Utah. ^_^

Cynde said...

To Mike, Kynthia is not a new name in fact it's as old as greek mythology from whence it came. The modern derivative is Cynthia. I know this because my name is Cynthia and I have researched it's origin. I beg to differ that Kynthia sounds harsh - that is all a matter of opinion, and I wish my parents had given me that name instead of the latter.

Anonymous said...

Same as with the urban black culture adding "La" to the beginning of every white anglo-saxon protestant name like "LaMichael" or "LaDameon".

Just like i refused to call the "ricky" in our class anything but "rick", I would refer to these people as the standard name "michael" or "dameon" if they corrected me, "LAmichael" I'd say "Gesundheit".

Same with spelling, your name in my roll book would be "Brandon" not "Brandyn". You're free to miss-spell your name. I'm not going to.