I'm wondering what people think of what I like to call "The Y-Spelling Phenomenon". This is the trend of using the letter Y when spelling names that typically have no Y in them.
Examples (these are ones I've actually seen):
-- Ryver instead of River (which I have trouble with, because I keep wanting to pronounce it "Rye -- ver" ("Rye bread")
-- Madisyn instead of Madison
Some names I personally love spelled with a Y ... for example Alyson and Kathryn ... but I wonder if that's because they are more widely used spellings now, and so I'm okay with them because I've been exposed to them all my life? Is the "Y" substition the baby naming wave of the future or just a current fad to go along with the need to make popular names "unique'? I'm wondering how many of us who read the blog like this trend, or don't personally find it to be their taste? Also, what are some of the "Y Spelling Phenomenon" names that other readers have encountered?
I don't mind it for some names (in fact, I do think at times it can look down-right great!), but I am beginning to feel this is naming fad that's overused and not necessarily necessary.
How far is it going to go?? "Mykynzy" for Mackenzie??
This whole thing is a future teacher like myself's nightmare!!
Just something I thought we might ponder!
Good one, Steph! Let's talk about it! Do you guys like Y spellings and think they make a name "a different name" (that is, you'd say that the name Madison is way overused, but the name Madysyn is a different name and not overused)? Or do you think of it as taking an overused name and making it ALSO difficult to spell? And what Y spellings have you encountered?
[Poll results: What do you think of Y spellings?
I call them "misspellings": 127 votes, roughly 95%
I like them: 6 votes, roughly 5%]