Mormons love peculiar baby names, blog says

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UTAH – The population of the state of Utah is estimated at between 62 and 68 percent LDS, and blogger Hildie Westenhaver pointed out something unusual about the names Mormons choose to give their children.

“Maybe it’s because we’re kind of different to begin with that Mormons love oddball baby names,” Westenhaver wrote in her blog, Nameberry. “I have met children named Wrangler, Smokey, Mersadie, Corporate (for a girl), Maverix, Jenedy, Silver, Xacian, Versailles, Rafter, and–I kid you not–R2.”

Westenhaver said some names may sound normal when spoken, but just to be different, Mormons get creative with the spelling.

Payzlee (Paisley), Djaryd (Jared), Jaymz (James), Myrical (Miracle), and Jrake (Drake) were among her examples.

The blogger observed that boys’ names tend to lean toward having two syllables with an -er, -en, or -ton ending, while preserving uniqueness: Truxton, Decken, Nyler, Kyson, Teyton, Zyker, and Trusen.

Girls’ names, Westenhaver wrote, almost always contain the letter y: Kyzlee, Oaklyn, Tynslee, McCartlyn, Skylynne, and Chandley.

Then the blogger gets to the ‘why’ of the matter.

“Why on earth would somebody name a baby Serandipidee?” she wrote. “Tradition is the obvious answer. These oddly-named babies are the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of DaLynns, Cloydeans, and LaVerls.”

She cited the age of the parents as another possible reason.

“To Mormons, nothing is more important than having a family and we tend to get married and have kids earlier than our non-Mormon counterparts. Imagine the baby names you liked when you were fifteen . . . The name Eleanor might sound old and fusty to a young person but Zaylie sounds fresh and fun,” Westenhaver said.

Whether you enjoy oddball names or find them preposterous, according to Westenhaver, they’re a part of Mormon culture.

“As I said before, we Mormons are used to being a little bit different, and it’s been this way for a long time,” she said.

You can visit Westenhaver’s blog here.

25 comments

      • bob

        That’s because the story is a lie. Someone noticed extremely rare (probably one of a kind) names and assumed “the Mormons” are doing it.

        Mormons in Utah ACTUALLY choose whatever names are popular in the rest of the country at any given time.

  • Sue

    does not weird names other doing is changing a letter to spell it different to have it sounds thing if you wanna work name create 1 like I do for my daughterdoes not weird names other doing is changing a letter to spell it different to have it sounds thing if you wanna work name create 1 like I do for my daughter

    • The Dude

      Sue, trying to read your comment, is harder than reading any name on that list. Perhaps you went from creating names to creating a language of your own. Does not weird comment Sue leaves make my daughter!

    • Liz

      I have no idea what you are trying to say Sue…..It almost looks like you used a language translator on the internet…

  • Tiffany

    All I have to say is, if you give your kid an odd name and then spell it weird, don’t get your panties in a bunch cuz I say it wrong when calling out their name to bring them back for treatment. If you want their name to be pronounced correctly don’t spell it so it is sounded out differently or looks completely different from how you want it pronounced.

    • Ms. Marie

      100% agreed. I work as a receptionist in an outpatient clinic and see names like these ALL the time. I can’t tell you how often parents get upset that I can’t spell Kynzleeeeeigh correct. My favorite conversation (over the phone) is “What’s your child’s name?” … “Oh, Xnquanadine Jones…J. O. N. E. S.”… “Oh and how do you spell the first name?” …. “Ugh… X. N. Q. U. A. N. A. D. I. N. E.” (BTW, the first name is made up-hopefully). …Name your children what you please, but don’t be huffy when you have to spell it and pronounce it.

      • Jones

        I agree with you. My first name is a normal named, just spelled with one letter different so I always spell it for people automatically when they need to know the spelling. But my last name is Jones which I don’t usually spell, but you wouldn’t believe the number of times I’ve been asked to spell my last name. It’s hilarious!

  • bob

    Lived here all my life. Never known anybody with ANY of those names. Mormons tend to choose pretty conventional names. Whatever happens to be popular at the time.

    • Jenn

      Really? Cause I’ve lived here all my life and know people who have kids named Trampus, Racin, Roczen, Trexton, Bo-Hunter and my favorite, Bustin Boots. Keep in mind though, these are mostly in central/southern Utah.

  • bob

    A woman in New Jersey, named Hyphernkemberly, set her newborn baby on fire in the middle of a road the other day.

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that she probably isn’t a Mormon.

    If you want to find weird names you’re looking in the wrong place.

  • Frankie Evans

    Mormon people get names from countries they go to on missions. Daynen and IngeLisa are 2 we got from Denmark. We are not weird, just sentiment. Get over yourself.

  • sassy6

    I know a girl named Areola. What the heck…why in the world would you name your child that. I’m guessing they weren’t Mormon. If they were, they were very naive.

  • LauraBee42

    I am pretty sure that there will never be a Tayslee or a Trexton at a hogh-powered board meeting. Unless they’re the entertainment.

  • LauraBee42

    I am pretty sure we will never see a Tayzlee or a Jaymzz at a high-powered board meeting. Unless they were the entertainment.

  • BeatrixKiddo

    Popular names, unusual names, Mormons, non-Mormons who cares it all comes down to personal taste it doesn’t matter we will never all agree on a particular group of names live your life and allow others to live theirs peace and love to all the James’, Mary’s, Jhase’s, & Mahogany’s of the world

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