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Should You Create Your Own Baby Name?

Friday, May 31st, 2013

A commenter asked what I thought about creating your own baby name: In her situation, she’d cobbled together parts of her name and another person she loved to build a brand-new name, which she didn’t share with me.

I’m all about picking names that are meaningful to you, that honor the people or places you love. But I’m not a huge fan of the made-up name. (With daughters named Katharine and Margaret, would you really expect me to be?)

For me, I see so many wonderful options already out there (thousands upon thousands of them), that have a meaning and a history attached to them, that I just don’t see the need to look for something else. And I think names like Nevaeh and Kierson just sound like you’re trying a little too hard to be original.

Of course, there’s the argument that without people constantly creating new names, we wouldn’t have many of the names we have today (including my own, which started its life as a nickname for Elizabeth). I’m sure that names like Violet and Ruby (two of my favorites) once seemed outlandish to past generations.

Personally, I would never pick a name that didn’t have some historical gravitas (I was a history major, after all). But if it’s a name that really speaks to you and has meaning for you—and the name isn’t something truly awful that’s going to require decades of therapy and a future legal name change, then you’re welcome to do it.

I want to know what YOU think—are you for or against creative, made-up names? Do you think names like Nevaeh are a blight upon the future generations, or just something fun, new and original? Vote in our Name Game to give your perspective on names classic and new. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.

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