'Teen Mom' Leah Messer Calvert Suffers the Consequences of Her 'Weird' Baby Name Choice

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Leah Messer Calvert Us Weekly coverPoor Leah Messer Calvert! This was supposed to be the Teen Mom 2 star's big week. She and husband Jeremy Calvert were introducing their new baby, Adalynn Faith Calvert, to the world. They even got a big magazine spread (and we're guessing a nice chunk of change). 

But here she is spending the whole week correcting every media report out there on how to spell the baby's name. Whoops!

The problem started when US Weekly spelled the little girl's name with two "d"s instead of one, and just spiraled from there. Leah has had to turn to social media to make the correction.

Sounds like the Teen Mom just got a taste of what happens when you decide you need your baby's name to be insanely "unique."

Granted, it's not her first bite at the apple. Her older daughters are named Aleeah and Aliannah. Not exactly traditional, or traditionally spelled.

But she sure as heck better get used to correcting people. And she has no one to blame but herself.

Worse, she's doomed her kids to years and years of frustration.

Folks, we can go back and forth for hours about baby names in America. Some folks think unique is grand; some folks are all about the plain Jane. And then there are those of us who try to find a middle road.

I'll put it right out there: my husband and I wanted a name that wasn't being used by every other parent out there, but we didn't want to saddle our kid with something "weird."

We accomplished it, we think, with Jillian. I'm sure plenty of folks out there hate the name. It's OK; it's no skin off my nose.

At least it's a name most people can look at and easily pronounce. At least it's a name most people can spell.

It's nice being unique; I get it! But it's also a giant pain in the rear end.

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I say this as a girl with a relatively "normal" name who has spent 30 years on this planet correcting people. My parents went with the French spelling of Jeanne because it's technically the female version. And day in and day out, I get Gene. Jean. Ge-anne. Janine. Joan. Jane.

I'm not mad at my parents; I actually like my name. But then, it's relatively "normal." It wasn't something my parents completely made up just to be "unique." They weren't playing a game with something as important as the name I will have for the rest of my life.

Do I feel sorry for Leah that she's stuck re-spelling little Adalynn's name? Nope. She did this to herself. 

And the truth is, parents aren't the ones who usually bear the brunt of a weird baby name. Typically it's the kid, who will have to deal with it for the rest of their natural born life.

It's about time a parent saw the ramifications of putting form over function.

What do you think of Leah's baby names? Think this is a wake-up call or will we see more of this from the Teen Mom?


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kelti... kelticmom

I'm sorry, but I don't see what is so "weird" about the name Adalynn. Seems pretty straight foward to me.  Why does everything have to be "traditional"? My full name is spelled Emilie, do you know how many times it's been spelled "Emily"? Do I get in a tizzy over it? No. I just started going by Emma. My son's name is Kovryn. Why does everything have to be so generic, overly Americanized and generic?

Stephanie Caldwell

I don't know what I think honestly. They're not awful names, I even like aliannah and adalyn. But to be fair many people have to spell their names for others and some even have to offer how to pronounce it. I never realized how many people would struggle with my son's name and it's an established name and not that uncommon (Isaiah) it was number 42 on the baby name list the year he was born. My husband has had people struggle to spell his name, Joseph! Sometimes its not the name....it's the person. 

Trist... TristanMitchael

Apparently my daughter will be correcting people on how to spell her name her whole life since her name is Adelyn. I didn't know it when I named my daughter but it is actually a really poplular name spelled SEVERAL different ways. My name is Kristina and for the better part of my childhood people spelled it Christina and I'd let them. Finaly I would say "Kristina - with a K". People really shouldn't be assuming how to spell names these days anyways. 

sarah... sarahbell811

Honestly, I don't think that Adalynn is a weird name. It would have looked weirder with the two D's.

nonmember avatar Hannah

What the heck? Why on Earth would you even care? There was no need to write such an insulting piece. You seem like a real bully. I wonder how your children act with a role model like you...

Alexa... AlexaAdams

OMG I'm so tired of people saying how weird this name is. My 2 year old is named Adalyn. It's in the top 100 names of last year. How is it such a strange name? It's Madelyn without the m

amiec... amiecanflie

My name is Amie(the french version of Amy) and I love it, I got called Emily all the time though. My son's name is Gabriel and if I have any other children their names will be a little more... Out there. Haha. 

fave82 fave82

We just had our second girl 2 months ago and my husband totally suggested adalyn for a name (no idea how he was planning in spelling it though)! I literally had never heard of it before and told him that he just made it up and that it sounded like a drug i would take if it couldn't sleep ("i need my adalyn prescription refilled") . I love Madeleine.. But he shot that one down. To each their own.

nonmember avatar Theresa

Adalynn is not a weird name or weird spelling. I don't get what the big deal is. Maybe it's a regional thing? Idk, but here in the south, Adalynn and Adaline are actually fairly common names

buffa... buffalove23

Adalynn is much more "normal" than the other two honestly. But really...who cares?

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