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Create Your Own Baby Name

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Written by Mary Fetzer   

Roy and Nikki were expecting their first child when they drove through the town of Hazen, Pennsylvania. Inspired by the sound of it, they made a slight alteration and named their newborn daughter, Cazen. More and more parents are steering clear of the Top 100 Baby Names of the Year and creating their own unique baby name. If you’re such a parent, roll up your sleeves, put on your thinking cap and find out how to create your own baby name!

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Perhaps there’s a name you love that’s become all too common. You can make it your own by altering the spelling or capitalization. Take Carly and change it to Carlie, Carleigh or even CarLee. Change Colby to Kolby, James to Jaymes or Andrew to AnDrew.

Substitute y for i or vice versa. Allison becomes Allyson. Tyra becomes Tirah. Turn Ryan into Rhian or Phillip into Phyllip.

Use contractions. Just as you change “is not” to “isn’t,” you can use an apostrophe to make an ordinary name extraordinary. Turn Jeanette into J’nette or Thomas into T’mas. Justin becomes Just’n, and Jocelyn becomes Jocel’n.

A word of caution: Changing the spelling of a common name could mean a lifetime of headaches for your child – everyone from friends to teachers to employers may have trouble reconciling the name with its unique spelling.

Use Dad’s name

If you want your child’s name to pay tribute to the father, you don’t necessarilly have to use Junior or the 2nd. If the father’s name is Nicholas, for example, a son might be Nikko or a daughter Nicole.

Or try reversing Dad’s first and middle names so that Martin James becomes James Martin (Jaime Martina would work for a girl).

Passing along a first name through the generations is a beautiful way to honor your heritage, but it can create problems for your child down the road. It’s not unusual for credit and governmental agencies to mistake Murray Senior for Murray Junior or Murray the third. If keeping that first name is important to your family tree, consider giving your child a unique middle name.

Use Mom’s name

It’s common to use the mother’s maiden name as a middle name, but oftentimes Mom’s surname makes a great first name, too. Last names such as Parker, Taylor and Morgan are ideal first names for boys and girls alike. Using a modified version of the mother’s first name -- Emily’s son could be Emil or her daughter could be Amelia – is another way to keep Mom in the equation.

Unisex names remain popular, so Lynne can name her son Lynn, while Erin’s son would be Aaron. And this works both ways, so Gene can call his daughter Jean, and Jerry’s daughter would be Jeri.

Combining names

If Mom and Dad each has a favorite name, why not combine them? Mom likes Susan, but Dad prefers Hannah, so how about Susannah? Or create something complely original – combine Daniel and Steven to get Daven, Deven or Staniel.

Be unique while keeping it all in the family by combining the parents’ first names. John and Angie’s baby would be Anjon. Larry and Karen’s kid could be Karry or Laren. Brian and Teresa’s child might be Briesa or Teran.

In today’s society, just about anything goes, so don’t be afraid to use your imagination and come up with that one-of-a-kind name for your special offspring.

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written by ma. cariza rowee soriano, July 31, 2010
my husbands name is julius, mine is cariza, i have no idea on what name i have to give to my baby... i want it unique...could u help me?
written by emily ruth kiser, August 02, 2010
What about mayabell? Like may from the month the child will be born and bell cause I like the name bella
Apostraphe Names, etc.
written by Isabel Clare, August 26, 2010
Katherine could be Kath'rine, Cameron could be Cam'ron, Mackenzie could be M'kenzie, Allison could be Allis'n, Jordan could be Jord'n, etc. You could have a field day with this!! Also, Jared and Annabelle's daughter could be Jarabelle, Arabelle, or Jannabelle!!


Julius & Cariza
written by stephanie, September 16, 2010
these r just a few i came up with....i really like both of the boy names and the second choice for the girl....

Julius & Cariza

B – carius (car E iss), sular (su LAR)
G – juliza (ju LEEZA), luiza (lu EEZA)
Josh & Ashley
written by Ashley, December 01, 2010
I want to combine my fiancee's name and mine together to make a baby name. Anyone have suggestions for me?
written by Lindsay Martin, December 05, 2010
when my husband and I first started dating, he came up with Kantlee. I can't find it anywhere, which is perfect! Any thoughts or opinions?
written by Susan, December 29, 2010
josh & ashley - jaylie, jayley, jolie, shayley, shalie,
written by Susan, December 29, 2010
ben and lisa - jalissa
I need advice..
written by ALEXIS, March 04, 2011
I just found out my boyfriend and I are going to have a baby, and we each have a son already from previous relationships. My son and I both have the same initials [A.N.G.] and his sons initials are [A.D.G]...I already have a name for a girl, but I need help picking one for a boy. Any suggestions for a unique boy's name that starts with an A or a middle name that starts with an N?
written by jennifer, May 28, 2011
I really want to use my moms name but having trouble.her name is Terrie Lee Abel. Im having trouble combing for name
written by Isabel, June 09, 2011

That's all I can think of. Good luck!:)
What a load of crap
written by Jack, June 12, 2011
You are not doing your child a service by giving them an alternate spelling or creating some crap like "Shaquon" or "Sheniqua" Man, get real and fall in line in the area of names. Your "creativity" looks ridiculous.
written by TJ, June 18, 2011
While, I am all for creating new and unique names, I know some of the confusion that it can cause. Simple spelling changes will require you and your little one to ALWAYS, ALWAYS spell it out. Errant punctuation (apostrophes, hyphens and even periods) can not be used in certain official databases and will simply be omitted (St. John --> Stjohn, M'kenzie --> Mkenzie).
With that being stated, I do love to see the creative names come across my desk. Especially the mash-ups, Alexavier being one of my favorites of the moment. I see nothing wrong with the name Sheniqua, it seems to be both fairly easy to spell and pronounce. Although, if you name your child Tequila (I live in a small town and I know of at least two) we all know how you got pregnant. :)
written by brandi, July 03, 2011
my bf and i are having a baby boy due oct 3 2011 i want to use his name and mine brandi and michael ... we like the middle name ryan but i didnt know it would be so hard commin up with a first name .... any ideas?????
ideas for ? - 6/3/11
written by Summer, August 13, 2011
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