I was thinking about the Aiden, Brayden, Caden, Hayden, Jaden thing. Now that more people are noticing it as a batch of rhyming names, it's getting common to hear people rejecting the whole group of names because of it: each name is popular in its own right but also seems more popular because of its rhyming friends.
That's the weakness of rhymers, but also their strength. If you want a name that's unusual but less likely to raise eyebrows, you can choose a name that rhymes with a familiar name. Instead of Jason, use Cason or Greyson. Instead of Emma, use Gemma. The rhyme---and the way you can say calming things such as "It's like Jason with a C"---gives the name a familiar, reassuring sound even if it's the first time your mom has ever heard it.
Back to weaknesses, though: as everyone with a rhyming name can tell you, it means a lifetime of minor misunderstandings: Anna keeps having to tell people her name is not Hannah, and Alyssa has to keep saying it's not Melissa. Well, but pretty much all of us have to do something over and over with our names: I have to say it's Kristen "with a K and an -en," and my friend Sara has to say "without the h."
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 2 of 2 - Last week I talked about the gifts we were getting/considering for Edward, who is turning 8 next month. This week it’s Elizabeth’s turn: not “girl gifts,” ...