Just curious....

Julia - posted on 02/25/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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This is for the moms or soon to be moms that put hyphens in their children's name or unusual spellings or made up names for their kids. I guess my questions are what is the point of the hyphen? WHY? For the unusual spellings or made up names do you not realize what your children will go through their entire lives always having to spell or pronounce the name for people. I mean I know people who have unusual names that love them because it was always something different. I do have to say I was the only Julia in my whole school. I mean my husband wants to name my son Gladious and I have told him there is absolutely NO WAY that will ever happen. I'm just confused as to why you would deliberately do that to your child.

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Sequoyah - posted on 05/27/2014

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I think most people have reasons for naming their children unusual or hyphenated names. Most of the ones I have heard, have been to honor a family member, mostly one who has passed on.
As for spelling differently, that is definitely because they want their child to have the "only" one of "that" name in the whole class.
I have yet to go thru this thread. I hope that was helpful.

Julia - posted on 02/25/2010

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Thanks! This is seriously just a curiousity thing. But your spelling is really intriguing me..

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Aaaahhh...I don't know why, lol! I think that's just what my mom liked and my dad didn't care so that's how they spelled it, haha! I've honestly never asked! But I think I'm going to now! The spelling I believe is French, but if there's any French blood in my family is so far gone that I peed it out at birth! To my knowledge both sides of my family are 100% Russian and maybe 10% German, lol!

My mom's on a mission's trip right now, but when she gets back I'm going tell her about your question and ask her why they choose to spell my name the way they did, and I'll get back to you :)

Julia - posted on 02/25/2010

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Ok well here is another one. I mean it gets frustrating for me as well. My oldest daughter is named Isabel, that is the spanish spelling for it since I am PR and she is named after my grandfather. It doesn't bother me as much when I have to spell it for random people because not everyone is used to the spanish spelling of it just the italian spelling (even though I feel the italian spelling should be pronounced ISABEL-le) however my aunt (my grandfather's youngest daughter) always and I mean ALWAYS calls my daughter Isabella I freakin want to tear her head off...SHE IS NAMED AFTER YOUR DAD!!!! IT'S ISABEL!!!!! I-S-A-B-E-L!!! it's not that hard.

I don't think she will have that much of a problem in school or anything like that...but I mean Sheelah yeah when I first saw your name I pronounced it Sheila...so why the different spelling? Is it cultural? Is it a spelling from your heritage? Why?

Natalie - posted on 02/25/2010

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I don't see there's anything wrong with names like that.
I like unusual names. I grew up in germany so i was around german names... my Dad is american so our last name was BAKER. People always spelled it wrong, they thought i was saying it different so they just wrote down BECKER, as in the german last name, which is the same meaning.
So, i ALWAYS had to spell my name. Now i have an even more unusual last name and i'm used to spelling it, lol. No big deal for me.
And i usually have to spell my kids names as well since not everyone spells them the way we do.
Kids grow up with their names, once they know how to spell it they can correct people. I don't see where the big deal is. They get used to it and learn that it's normal for them.

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But Gladious is quite the name, lol! I don't think I'd, personally, go that extreme, lol! Good luck with getting that one off his list!

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My name is spelled Sheelah but it's pronounced like Shayla. It's suppose to spelled with a hyphen over top of the second E (but I can't do it on the computer, so that's why it's not there). The hyphen, or accent, make the E's sound like an A, thus making my name pronounced like Shayla and not Sheila, as most people say it!



It used to bother the crap out of me when people would say my name wrong but then one day I grew up and thought "well how are they suppose to know?" And I got over it! People pronounce my name wrong all the time and I really don't care - as long as people who know better don't do it, lol! And I don't really care when people spell my name wrong either. If they care they'll ask, if they don't then whatever! I wouldn't EVER change my name to Anne, or Paula, or Grace, or ANYTHING just to avoid people spelling or pronouncing my name wrong!

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