I'm not talking about when you have an authentic name from a foreign culture you belong to while living in another country,
I'm talking about when parents take regular names and spell them "uniquely" or just give them a name that is generally more difficult for people to pronounce.
I may just be a little biased on this view because I have a "uniquely" spelled name that also gets mispronounced on a semi-regular basis. I just see no point in doing this.
It makes your child's life more unnecessarily difficult when that have to constantly remind everyone that "I'm Rebekka but R-E-B-E-K-K-A.
" You simply are trying too hard to make your kid "stand out" when you are just giving them a burden, and it only really says something about you as a parent.
I know some people who also have these kinds of names may be offended by my opinion, but I feel very strongly about this, even if I come off as whiny.
Yes, you can change your name but it is generally long process and time and effort can be saved if you simply just give your child a regular name.
Edit: Grammatical errors.
Edit #2: I keep having to make the same defenses over and over again, so my view is yet to be changed.
1) I am NOT against names with specific cultural connections. e.g. If you are Japanese go ahead and name your kid Tadashi or Minami. I see nothing wrong with that.
Someone already pointed out to me that "Rebekka" is a Hebrew spelling.
2) I am NOT talking about last names. (I should have specified that in the title)
3) My main argument IS against just random made up spellings and pronunciations that have no meaning whatsoever other than being "totally unique."
4) We have the ability to change our names BUT not until we are of LEGAL AGE. Children cannot change their names because they are not adults who can go to court on their own.
Edit #3: I've come to the conclusion that whatever the reason you may dislike your name, whether it be spelling or being too common,
all people have to wait for a certain age to change their name, anyway. I STILL think a spelling like Bytnei or Dayved is ridiculous.
Edit #4: If your name has a few different ways to spell it I think that's fine like Kayla or Kaela, so long as the spelling isn't going to result in your name being butched by everyone.
I also have learned that a lot of names I consider to be "made-up" spellings actually have cultural connections. I still don't think that Paeyden is one of those.
ALSO: There should be no laws prohibiting parents from naming their kids what they want (unless it's Stupid Head or whatnot),
but I still find Cyndiee or whatnot to be that obnoxious and unnecessary ways to spell your child's name.
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