Please be mindful, practical and choose a baby name wisely. Consider this an essential piece of advice from someone whose given name is Kuleen.
My name is Kuleen. K-U-L-E-E-N.
It isn’t pronounced Call-lean.
Or Kay-lean, Keye-lean, or Kill-lean.
It is pronounced Cull-lean with the emphasis on the 2nd syllable.
Choose a Baby Name People Can Read and Spell
As someone who has gone through life with an unusual name, I’m telling you that it is a nuisance.
Nobody has ever spelled my name correctly when I tell them my name verbally.
Only about once every 2-3 years does someone pronounce my name correctly if they read my name aloud.
I don’t bother giving my name at restaurants or Starbucks, because it isn’t worth the time to spell it out only to have it mispronouned when it is called out.
The first day of school each year was agony. Not only was my name unique, but it was also my middle name.
Parents, don’t ever make the mistake of calling your child by their middle name. Just don’t do it.
First, the teacher would call out my first name which, believe it or not, was even crazier than Kuleen. I would have to first pronounce my first name correctly for the teacher and then tell her that I went by my middle name, Kuleen. Oh, and Kuleen isn’t spelled like you think it is. It is spelled K-U-L-E-E-N.
If that wasn’t traumatic enough, there is nothing quite as sad as a child who will never find a pencil, bicycle license plate, or any of those other personalize trinkets with their name on it.
Choose a Baby Name With a Normal Spelling
But you desperately want to give your daughter a unique name, so you name her Emalee. Or Emilea, Emilee, Emalea, Emileigh, Emaleigh, Emahlee, Emahleigh, Emahlei, or any other spelling variation you dream up.
Sorry. There is nothing unique there.
So don’t get all pissy when you register your child for preschool over the phone, and arrive on the first day to see everything labeled “Emily” instead of your chosen spelling. (True story.)
Your daughter’s name is Emily.
Starbucks will spell it E-M-I-L-Y. The restaurants will spell it E-M-I-L-Y. Anyone she ever meets will spell it E-M-I-L-Y.
And pretty soon, your daughter will wish YOU had spelled Emily so she could buy the darn personalized pencils with her name on them.
So please. Do your kid a favor, and stop with all the crazy name spellings.
Chose a Baby Name that is an Actual Name
Recently I heard a story from a grandma about her young grandchildren. I don’t remember the exact names, but they were something like Blue and McCartney. Blue because it is one of the colors for the favorite baseball team and McCartney because they like Paul McCartney.
And how about North West, Chi (pronounced “shy”), and Saint – all Kim Kardashian’s kids.
Or other celebrity baby names like Sailor, Apple, or Heiress.
But oh no! Celebrities have named their kids even worse.
How about the names Audio Science, Ode Mountain, Rocket Zot, Rainbow Aurora, Elsie Otter, Petal Blossom Rainbow, Bluebell Madonna, Mars Merkaba, Satchel, Jermajesty, or Pilot Inspektor.
What in the hell are these parent’s thinking? You have predestined your child out of many career paths based on their name.
NOBODY is going to elect a president named Rocket Zot.
Choose a baby name wisely. And it will be one less thing your kid will resent you for later.
Read all 50 pieces of advice I shared in honor of my 50th birthday.