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My friend gave her baby an oddly spelled name — it will ruin the girl’s life

On Reddit, a Gen Zer is lamenting the name her lifelong friend has given her newborn daughter — Ghiuliyette Mahriya. Ghiuliyette is pronounced like
On Reddit, a Gen Zer is lamenting the name her lifelong friend has given her newborn daughter -- Ghiuliyette Mahriya. Ghiuliyette is pronounced like "Juliet."

Wherefore art thou, Ghiuliyette?

A 21-year-old woman is lamenting the name her lifelong friend, 22-year-old Loreen, has given her newborn daughter — Ghiuliyette Mahriya. Ghiuliyette is pronounced like “Juliet.”

“I thought the spelling was a joke, until she told me they are serious,” the unidentified Redditor penned on the platform late last month. “I told her that … that spelling of a simple but beautiful name is just going to ruin that little girl’s life. She got mad and told me to stop ‘ruining’ her mood and that I’m being mean.”

The poster, who noted that she’s supposed to be the baby’s godmother, said she texted Loreen to convince her that her daughter will try to change her name or go by her middle name.

She said that in response, Loreen called her “the worst friend ever” and won’t allow her to see the girl. She also claims that Loreen’s husband emailed her to tell her to stop being so disrespectful.

“He thinks the spelling is cute and it just makes her unique,” the Redditor shared.

Reddit commenters argued that the girl will struggle to spell her name as a preschooler. Getty Images/iStockphoto
Reddit commenters argued that the girl will struggle to spell her name as a preschooler. Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Feb. 29 post drew more than 4,800 comments, with many mocking the name as “Gillette, the best a man can get,” “Guillotine,” and “Ghouliette.”

“Imagine poor little 3-4 year old girl having to learn to spell and write that!” one commenter emphasized.

“Learning to spell her name at the same time that she is learning to read and write (phonemes, graphemes, morphemes, and general phonics) is going to be a nightmare. This is setting her up to struggle her first several years in school, also,” another person predicted.

“I keep in touch with 3 students who changed their names from their parents’ spelling to the actual conventional spelling the minute they turned 18,” a man who identified himself as a high school teacher wrote. “That kid will be ‘Juliet Maria’ as soon as she possibly can.”

Indeed, a 2022 report found that “Issac” and “Chole” — likely misspellings of “Isaac” and “Chloe” — lead the list of names most often formally changed.

A professional baby name consultant recommends testing prospective unusual names in a variety of ways. Getty Images/iStockphoto
A professional baby name consultant recommends testing prospective unusual names in a variety of ways. Getty Images/iStockphoto

For parents considering giving their child a unique name, a professional baby name consultant recommends saying the prospective names aloud in a variety of tones, using them in a sentence, and writing them down alongside the names of their family members.

In an update to her post, the Redditor acknowledged that she was a jerk for “going after the name more than once.”

She said she apologized to Loreen, and they are “good again.” But she says that Loreen’s husband “blocked me everywhere and is telling Loreen to do so too because he thinks that I’m manipulating and that I’m lying just so we can get close again.”

“Either way, it’s getting better with the relationship, just not with the name,” the poster wrote.

If only Shakespeare was around to write this tragedeigh.