Now, to be sure, DC had it's share of unique names too, but that was largely due to the large pool of people from other countries. In my son's preschool class he had names such as:
His classmates came from Somolia and India, as well as Germany and all parts of the US. It was an eclectic mix. Here in Utah, the names found in his preschool class are a bit different...
Utahans seem to take naming their children as the pinnacle of creative acts. Throwing caution to the wind, along with a general disdain for proper spelling, Utahans set out to make sure their kid stands out. You can be sure that if you ever encounter a young man or woman who is polite beyond belief and has a weird spelling, it's a good assumption they are from Utah.
Now, I realize I may fall into this category by spelling Andria with an "i" rather than an "e", but it seems properly phonetic to me. After all, we have Gloria, Julia, and Sylvia not Glorea, Julea, and Sylvea. The plus side of moving to Utah is that people tend to spell my name correctly. The down side is that they seem to spell my son's name incorrectly. I have been asked on many occasion if his name is spelled with an 'i' or a 'y'. I'm left with a blank stare when I tell them it's an 'a'. Hmmm...
So there you have it. I leave you with this gem of a video to show just how super fun and creative Utah names can be. Enjoy!
**PS - By the time I was finished with this post, I could NOT for the life of me spell anything correctly. Perhaps, this is part of the reason Utah has such a horrific education system. (More on that later) I'm not sure which came first though... the chicken or the egg.