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Younger generations of parents choose one-of-a-kind names for children

Josh and Jodi Bramlett are the parents of Aiden Cole Bramlett, born July 11. Jodi said the name’s meaning jumped out at her.

“The name means little fire,” Jodi said. “It represents part of me. I’m not crazy, but outgoing. If he’s anything like us, he will be the exact same thing.”

Jodi added that Aiden was also a name and she and Josh could agree on for the baby. For Aiden’s middle name, Cole, the Bramletts chose a family name, since Coleman is Josh’s grandfather’s name.

Jodi said she has not met any other babies named Aiden, but she did hear the name on TV shows including “Ghost Whisperer” and “Sex and the City.”

Olivia Peyton Cupit was born to Anthony and Crystal Cupit on Aug. 18. Crystal said she liked the name Elena, but Olivia was close. Cupit said she came up with Peyton from a childhood friend, who named her daughter Payton.

“I loved it, but I wanted it to be different, so I changed the spelling,” Cupit said.

Ferriday residents Allen and Ashley Wynn Everhart named their daughter Avah Ryleigh Everhart.

The now 2-year-old’s name was chosen by her father, but Ashley said she is not sure where he got it. Ashley said she made a deal with Allen — he picked the name, she picked the spelling.

“Spelling it with an H was much less common,” Ashley said.

Like the Slovers and Bramletts, the Everharts chose a middle name that honored a special person — Allen’s beloved uncle Riley who died a few years ago.

“Avah and I never met Riley, but Allen said they were really close,” Ashley said. “He was one of Allen’s best friends before he passed away.”

Holding up the terms of the baby-name deal, Ashley applied a feminine twist on the family name — spelled Ryleigh.

“I think (Riley) would be so thrilled to know that his name that’s being carried on,” Ashley said.

Ashley said she realized that Avah was a classic name when she announced the choice to her aunt.

“I told one of my aunts, and she said, ‘That’s such an oldie name,’” Ashley said.

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