Is anyone else really, really tired of hearing this name?
I am 23, and I know of only three people my age with this name- a [name]Kaley[/name], a [name]Kayleigh[/name], and a [name]Kailee[/name]. I know a little girl named [name]Kayleigh[/name] too. But I work at Kmart, and I swear [name]EVERY[/name] [name]DAY[/name] I have at least one little girl come through my line who has some rendition of this name. Right now we are doing [name]March[/name] of Dimes Slips and parents usually write their child’s name on the slip instead of their own, and yesterday I had two, [name]Kaleigh[/name] and a [name]Kaylee[/name].
Several things bother me about this name. First off, the fact that it can be spelled basically any way you want to. This not only diguises the true popularity, which has to be insane, but also makes it impossible for those kids to go through life with anyone spelling their name right. There is no “right” way to spell it because it was never as far as I know a name with an “original” spelling like some of the names that were originally a name with one “correct” spelling ([name]Haley[/name], [name]Caitlin[/name], [name]Alyssa[/name], etc). Also…it just to me, cannot sound professional. The cutesy spellings, and the fact that to me, it sounds like a little girl with a nickname ([name]Kaylie[/name] instead of [name]Kayla[/name] or [name]Kaylyn[/name] or [name]Katherine[/name] or whatever) or else a cheerleader/sorority girl for life (sort of akin to [name]Kiki[/name], which it has similar properties to). [name]Both[/name] the [name]Kaley[/name] and the [name]Kailee[/name] I know are in grad classes to be counselors, and I have a hard time matching who they are with their names. Dr. [name]Kailee[/name]? Counselor [name]Kailee[/name]? It just doesn’t seem right.
So although [name]Kay[/name] and [name]Lee[/name] are popular sounds having both together as a proper name instead of a nickname bothers me.