Last night was the Honors Night at the junior high school where Sariah attends. As I often do when lists of local names are presented, I start browsing for “made-up Mormon” names. There’s a bizarre trend in Utah Mormon culture to give children made-up or creatively misspelled names — but there’s also a certain sameness, as if they’re trying to achieve uniqueness within a template.
Here’s my list from last night.
Addisun * Addyson * Alaysha * Alyssan * Annee * Ashlen * Baylee * Brecklyn * Brek * Brevin * Bridger * Briella * Brigg * Brighton * Brinley * Brylee * Brynnlee * Camryn * Cayden * Cheyanne * Coltan * Corbyn * Danyella * Daxton * Emalee * Erynn * Graysen * Halen * Harlee * Indion * Jadon * Jalen * Jaret * Jax * Jaxon * Jayla * Kalena * Kameron * Kaydree * Kelcee * Keldon * Kellan * Kenidee * Kennady * Kennli * Maddelyn * Madilyn * Madisen * Madyson * MaKayla * MaKelle * MaKenna * Makinlee * Maloree * McKayla * MeKell * Mekhael * MiKenna * Morgyn * Myah * Raimee * Ryker * Shaylee * Shyann * Siarah * Syndee * Taeja * Tannon * Taylinn * Tymiah * Xane
Most of these are (I believe) girls, although there are several boys in there.
As someone who grew up in Maritime Canada, where surnames like McDonald, McDonnell, McKenna MacRae, McAleer, etc. are thick on the ground, it always amuses me that people in the west like to make girls’ names out of a surname that literally means “son of X.”
And these, I remind you, are just from the honor roll, which means that mostly they’re from families with parents smart enough to encourage scholastic achievement. Imagine how many more there are from stupid people’s families!
(I will note, to forestall any “Yeah, but” comments, that my daughter’s name, “Sariah,” isn’t made-up. It’s uncommon, especially outside of Mormon circles, but it’s an authentic Hebrew name.)