MERCER COUNTY — What’s in a name?
We've been putting together lists of local high school graduates the last week or so in the newsroom and it has prompted discussions about the art of naming children.
I like different names. My favorites I saw in my lists this year were Jericho, Marketta, Yonshalae and Halston.
One thing we all agree on is that the growing popularity of the random apostrophe is not cool.
People don't seem to understand that the "high comma," as our colleague Tom Davidson calls it, has a purpose. It's not just for decoration.
We've also noticed an increase in double middle names and hyphenated last names over the years, which is interesting.
The anthropologist in me assumes this is because of ever-complicated family trees, feminism and a growing sense of history in young people.
I also wonder if that's what's behind the push for traditional names like Madeline and Andrew making a comeback.
Each year, we notice a dearth of certain names, reflecting trends from 18 years ago.
This year, Tyler seems to be THE name, as one local high school class had five of them out of 100 kids. If the grade is split evenly between boys and girls, that means 10 percent of the boys in the class of 2012 are Tylers. Or Tylor. Or Tyeler.
And just how many ways can you spell Katelyn? By our estimates, the possibilities are infinite.
--- Courtney Saylor and all variations: Cortney, Kortni, Courtnie, Courteney Quartknee, Sailar, Sailor, Saeler.
Courtney’s much better about thinking about how names sound, as opposed to how they look. I’ll admit as she said some of hers aloud as she typed them, they sounded nice. But I just can’t get over all the “y”s replacing “I”s, or the extra “e”s which seem to be added on just for fun.