Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hello, my name is ...

Everyone is all abuzz with Beyoncé and Jay-Z naming their baby Blue Ivy.

There was an article in today's Toronto Star that talked about them being the latest in a long line of celebrities to name their children after the colour ... Cher and Gregg Allman’s son (Elijah Blue), Alicia Silverstone’s son (Bear Blu), Spice Girl Geri Halliwell’s daughter (Bluebell ), John Travolta’s daughter (Ella Blu) and Maria Bello’s son (Jackson Blue).

Candace Alper, a baby name expert on YummyMummyClub.ca, was interviewed. She said one of the biggest trend in naming babies lately has been a new spelling on a classic name, particularly the silent "H" ... so Kate spelled Khate or Ryan spelled Rhyan.

A silent "H"?! Huh?

"Different and interesting is awesome until you walk around your whole life explaining yourself to people," said Alper about the trend.

I can dig it.

My name really is "Teena", not "Tina" and it's not short for anything. Of course, no one ever spelled it correctly so when I was younger, I was constantly having to spell it for people. Now it depends on how important the correct spelling is. If it's a supper reservation, "Tina" will do. If you are writing me a cheque, I'll make sure you get it right.

13 comments:

Lady Banana said...

I was hoping my son & DIL wouldn't choose a silly name, thankfully they didn't - Jacob is just fine :)

Andi said...

My sister has the same problem. Her name is Vicki -- not Victoria, not Vicky, just Vicki. My mother taught her how to spell it when she was 2 years old so she could correct people who got it wrong.

LeeAnn said...

HUH what do you know...I always thought Teena was short for something.... I am not sure what.. Bettina??? I like the Teena spelling more than Tina spelling.

LeeAnn who always gets her name spelled wrong

Teena in Toronto said...

Bettina?! REALLY, LeeAnn?! Ha!

Teena in Toronto said...

I like the name Jacob, Lady B. Will it be Jake for short?

Margaret Antkowski said...

I have a very close friend who spells her name the same way you do. It's a lovely way of spelling it. Soon I'll be Margaret Bourne and will sound like an old Scottish or Irish aunt.

Teena in Toronto said...

Especially if you go by "Maggie"!

Dawn said...

My name gets misspelled...well more like misused actually, all the time. Most people spell my name the masculine way "Don" as opposed to the feminine way "Dawn". It irritates me to no end and even as a kid it really bothered me a lot. To the point where I use to go by my middle name for a while.

Isabel said...

I don't care for the name blue. Ivy, yes. Blue not so much.

Masshole Mommy said...

My name, Robin, gets misspelled ALL THE TIME. And I think it's the easiest name, but you'd be shocked how many people add extra B's. I was somewhere recently and a guy was like "ok, so that's spelled robbyne, right"....uh NO.

Gill said...

I'm Gill - and I spend my life saying "Gill with a G" - wish my mother had chosen a name for me that didn't require explanation!!

Teresa said...

People never know how to spell my name, Theresa, Therese. Feel sorry for kids with funny names, bound for years of teasing.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

I've haven't had issues with my name at all because it's the traditional spelling-Kayla.

My sister, however, has had issues with people spelling her name wrong all her life. Instead of Kristen, hers is Krysten with a Y.