Baby Names Being Derived from...Text Messaging?
Seems utterly absurd, but there's apparently a trend among those in the SMS generation of using abbreviated versions of traditional Christian names on their children's birth certificates -- along with "original" ways of spelling them.
Anne has been changed to An, Connor to Conna and Laura to Lora -- all, seemingly, for the sake of convenience. According to the online parenting club Bounty, there's also been quite a bit of borrowing from corporate entities: One girl born last month was born Flicity, along with other recent names like Ikea, Paprica, Caramel, Bambi, Fire-Lily, Skylark and TAME -- which apparently stands for The Apple of My Eye.
Albert Mehrabian is a psychology professor at the University of California, and has researched the impact of irregular names. He found that "less attractive characteristics were attributed to individuals with less conventionally spelled names. Unconventional spelling connoted less masculinity for men and less femininity for women [and] more anxiety and neuroticism were attributed to those with less common names."
These attempts aren't always successful, however: Last year a couple was told they wouldn't be allowed to register their son's name as 4Real. Officials in New Zealand apparently ruled that the use of a number made it inappropriate, so the couple went with their second choice....
At any rate, check out our gallery of text-message inspired names, some real, some fake, all kray-z!