This Unusual Baby Name Spelling Uses Roman Numerals

Although there has been a resurgence in traditional names over the last few years, some parents still want their children to stand out from the crowd. Kaitlyn is still fairly popular, although it's ranked number 453 on Baby Center's much-used popularity list. The chances are that most of us know at least one - and let's not forget that Bruce Jenner opted to use the moniker for his transformation process into Caitlyn. While Bruce used a C, there are many ways that you could mix it up.

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Some people go for Katelynne, others use Kaitlin - you get the idea. The point is, that most of these are still within the realms of what's deemed perfectly acceptable name wise. No doctor is going to get confused when calling your kid in for an appointment, and no teachers are going to look up in puzzled confusion when going through the register. One couple decided to go for a mix of both traditional and modern by opting to mix up the spelling of their daughter's name. Reddit users unearthed the magazine clipping in a thread about unusual baby names, sharing a photograph.

"I've always loved the name Kaitlyn," reads the quote published in an unknown magazine from parent Jessica Mavis. "But hated how popular it was. So when I found out I was having a girl, my husband suggested we replace the 'ait' with the Roman numeral symbol for eight! Now our daughter is truly unique." Sure enough, the couple spelled Kaitlyn as KVIIIlyn, and the internet had a lot to say on the subject.

Some believed that the spelling was just setting the tot up for a fall when she grew up, as no one would be able to pronounce the name, let alone read it. Sure, there are the Siobhan's and Aoife's of the world who know what it's like to have their names called wrong at every given opportunity, but at least these are legitimate names. Is using Roman numerals taking it a step too far and doing your child a disservice in the long run?

Still, it could've been worse - they could've used an '8' instead. Did you opt for an unusual spelling for your little one? Let us know in the comments.


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