There are some baby names out there that make us stop and think: how on earth did someone come up with that?
Followed shortly by: how on earth do you even pronounce that?
It’s certainly not uncommon for new parents to want to name their child something they won’t be forced to share with another child at school – we can probably all remember a handful of Toms, Sams or Sarahs differentiated by the first initial of their last name.
Celebrities are big advocates of it, and a recent Reddit thread exposed us to more than a few monikers we’d never heard of in our lives.
User ‘mnpharmer’ posted a snippet of an expansive list compiled by a hospital, and the names ranged from the fairly common Lena and Lisa, to the wholly unique Munyneart, Ja’Len, Kimqo and Iysam.
Well, now a study has found that names will likely get ever harder to pronounce as new parents are increasingly opting for unusual spellings of traditional names.
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A team from the University of Edinburgh analysed the first and middle names of approximately 22 million people born in England and Wales between 1838 and 2014, along with data from the UK Office for National Statistics between 1996 and 2016.
The report, which was published last month on Plos One, identified the most notable trend as “increased forename diversity”, which means there’s more unique names than ever before.
But researchers suggest that ‘novel coinages’ (derivatives of existing names) are likely a reason for the rise in unique names – and predict twists on traditional spelling of common names will only increase as people run out of ideas for names previously unheard of.