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

Published 12:00am Sunday, February 26, 2012

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.

  • Anonymous

    “james baccus, asked not run it”

    Huh? Seems someone dropped the ink pad on this one.

  • Anonymous

    “Long ago, (name) used to be more common,” she said.

    Huh? Huh?

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com Kevin Cooper

    It looks like an earlier version was posted online that didn’t have final edits and that contained (apparently) a snippet from another article, perhaps.

  • Anonymous

    Black families need the recognition for using non-traditional names, the practice of which they have exercised for a generation or two.

  • Anonymous

    You mean like…”THLUNGUS”….lol

    How about “Pythagarus”? Or “Lemonjello”? Or “Female” Or how about twins named “D-One” and “D-Two”??? Not to mention all the “isha” “quisha” and “nella” variations. Good grief.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Thlungus was something you can catch……sure enough, they caught him a week or so ago!

  • Ryan Locke

    The article says modern parents choose unique names, and then Aiden comes up four separate times. None of these names are unique, other than having weird spellings, besides Jazadricka, who is already a teenager.

  • Anonymous

    People like you , is the main reason why the old south still lives & will always live with racial hatred. You have the right post name
    oldsouth. Some black & white people here in natchez have the same first names, it is up to their parents to name them. No one
    forced your parents to name you who you are. We do not have to name our children what you want us to name them. Are non-traditional
    names against the law ?

  • Anonymous

    The comment you are responding to was stating fact – the article seemed to celebrate the whites venturing from the norms of the past.  Your racism is showing.

  • Anonymous

    Yep…..yep….and yep! It was only a matter of time….B-I-N-G-O…you got picked this time…don’t you feel lucky?

  • Anonymous

    Again, its “we” “you” “us” “them”…please, give it a rest…every post is not about racism.

    We can agree on some things…hopefully most things…especially where crime is out of control. So please, don’t make this about “race”. The posts above are ALL based upon thruth…nothing more…nothing less.

  • Anonymous

    How is it based on truth when some of you are named the same name as some black people.

  • Anonymous

    Name your children what you want , & we will name ours what we want to name them. How about the name Barack
    look what he turned out to be. Call him what you want to call him, but who do he look like. I know you hate it , but when these stupid republicans finish cutting their throats, he’s going to win again.

  • Anonymous

    Most of your’s are, man you just can not help yourself.

  • Anonymous

    I was wondering some months back about some of my teachers back when I was in school, and let me tell you, Ms. Irene Paradise could teach middle school history like no one, IMO!!  The way she taught, actually took you back to the time period we focused on!  She had the ability to keep your attention from the time the class started, until it ended and I could just sit and listen to her all day!  Mr. Oliver was another one who foolishness aside, could have you singing the scientific names of just about every bone in your body!  This article precipitated my walk down memory lane.  :) 

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