A mum who gave her son a unique spelling of his name as she didn’t want to be “boring” has slammed other parents for judging her by telling them it’s none of their business.
From the moment she discovered she was pregnant, Meaghan says she was set on calling her baby Emily – but the 20-week scan revealed she was expecting a boy.
As she searched around for an alternative, she found it difficult to find a boy’s name she loved as much as Emily and was left undecided for months, simply referring to her bump as ‘jelly bean’ or ‘blobby’.
But one night, she had a dream where the name Riley appeared, and she said it was “perfect”, except one detail.
“It was too common,” she told Kidspot. “It’s boring and everywhere as a boys’ name.
“There were four boys named Riley born around the same time as my baby.”
So Meaghan turned to Google to find an alternative spelling, and eventually “fell in love” with Rhylee, which she says she liked because her own name isn’t spelled traditionally either.
Her partner also liked the name but it became clear after little Rhylee was born in May that not everyone in their lives agreed that the name was a good idea.
People told the parents that traditional spellings are “always better’ as children won’t miss out on little things, like items with their names on.
Although the comments made her feel sad, Meaghan refused to change the spelling and said her family and friends approved of the “uniqueness” of the name, which was all that mattered to her.
She’s now issued a message to other parents who judge baby names, saying what people decided to name their own children “isn’t really any of their business”.
Meaghan said: “What you call a child and the reasoning behind someone’s name or spelling is for the parents of the child or children to decide.
“It makes me sad when other parents rail on those kids.”