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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 reached the Top 70 this year, proving the point that many parents have decided to rev up the cool factor of Jackson and give it this streamlined spelling. (Though we still prefer the original... 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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