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It's all in a name

August 4, 2011 - Kathleen Palumbo
Just a thought –

Although I’m all for freedom of expression and fully support parents who want something beyond the norm in a name for their offspring, I do have a pet peeve; changing the spelling only of a name in the hopes of creating something original.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate their efforts in using Katelyn, Kaitlin, Katelin, Catelin, Catelyn, Catelyyn, etc, but rather that somewhere down the line; I believe little Katie, or perhaps even grown up Kate won’t appreciate it. I don’t think she’ll want to correct every single individual to whom she spells her name, every single day, everywhere she goes, for the rest of her life.

Imagine how many times a day, week, month, and year you are asked for your name. Spelled in the usual manner, no problem, no questions asked. However, for poor Suzanah, not so much – she’s forced to spell it out over, and over, and over again.

I certainly mean no offense, I personally have a “thing” for the older names you just don’t see as often; for instance; Adelaide, Iris, Celia, and Evelyn. Why, just the other day, I met Viola. Just simply Viola – fortunately for her, her parents saw no need to put the creative spin of Vyola or Vyolah on it, they saw the beauty in simplicity...Viola. Ahh, lovely. there’s another great word you just don't hear much anymore.


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