Invented Baby Names

Some parents attempt to come up with a cool name by inventing one of their own. They may alter a too-ordinary name, vary a spelling or a pronunciation, or cobble together several euphonic but previously unrelated syllables. We have heard of a few such invented baby names that may hold some appeal -- a short list follows.
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  • Greyson

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    Greyson and GRAYSON, nephews of JASON, are both on the fast track. GRAY/GREY makes a nice nickname. Read More 

  • Jaxon

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    Jaxon jumped twenty points this year, into the Top 50, proving the point that many parents--7,400+-- have decided to rev up the cool factor of Jackson and give it this streamlined spelling. (Though... Read More 

  • Jaya

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    This exotic name of a Buddhist goddess, a possible alternative to the trendy Maya, was chosen for their daughter by Laura Dern and Ben Harper.  Read More 

  • Kierra

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    Adding an extra 'R' to Keira makes it rhyme with Sierra, but Kierra doesn't really improve on either originals. Read More 

  • Kiranda

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    A really inventive invented name, with a little of this and a little of that. Has a somewhat rhythmic African feel.  Read More 

  • Kyler

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    A favorite among younger parents -- it's now in the Top 300 -- this is one of the names that rose to the surface when Tyler and Kyle started to sink.  Read More 

  • Samanda

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    This smoosh between Samantha and Amanda might be in for some 'salamander' teasing. Read More 

  • Tacy

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    Looks very much like it lost its first initial. Read More 

  • Taden

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    One of the newer and fresher-sounding members of the Braeden, Jaden, Caden clan.  Read More 

  • Tayla

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    Tayla is a hybrid name, ala Sayla and Mikayla. Recipe for sudden -- if brief -- new name success: take two of the trendiest choices, Taylor and Kayla, stir, and voila...Tayla, which made it onto t... Read More 

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