Using initials as acronyms for baby's own name: cute or too far?

I am waiting on my second child (should be a boy, fingers crossed!) and have decided to use his initials to spell his own name!  I did this with my daughter, Masyn (whos name I had to add to the database here).  The surname starts with a "Y", and the rest of her name goes as follows:

Masyn (MASON)


Scocia (SKO-SHA)


This leaves the last letter of the first name "left-over", but I think it still works.  I plan to name my son Madyx (Mad-dix) and do the same thing with his initials.





This leaves the "x" is the same situation and Masyn's "n".  I wonder sometimes if this is going too far?  Or if it's a cute affectation placed on their names.  Any thoughts?


January 11, 2013 1:46 PM

I think it's kind of cute if it just happens, but it isn't something I'd really make an effort to do.  3 thoughts occur to me about your situation in particular.  

1.  Masyn & Madyx seem very similar to me and I'm not a huge fan of sibling names that are too matchy.

2.  You could really be backing yourself into a corner if you ever have a 3rd child.  This doesn't seem like a pattern that would be easy to keep up, and a later child might feel left out.

3.  Addison is trending girl lately & the letter Y is often used in unisex names to denote a girl.  The combination of the Y in Madyx and the middle name Addison could lead some people to assume girl instead of boy. This might not bother you, but it is something you should probably be aware of.

January 11, 2013 1:56 PM

I have to agree with all of this.

Masyn and Madyx are way to cutesy for siblings, in my opinion.

Madyx Addison reads all girl to me. Maddox is a boy's name, but with the creative spelling, especially the internal Y, it looks like a girl's name. If I saw it, I would assume the parents wanted the nickname Maddie for their girl, but wanted something different than Madelyn or Madison.

By mk
January 11, 2013 2:25 PM

I agree with all of this as well. I suggest going with the spelling Maddox if you want that name. If you really want to stick with the initial-spelling-the-name, I suggest Cody (just because having to ignore the last letter would bother me).


January 11, 2013 4:00 PM

When we had my younger daughter we wanted to use my husband's grandmother's first or middle name as the middle name.  Her name was Anna Rose and she went by Ann so we really had 3 possibilities - Ann, Anna, or Rose.  We had picked Katharine as our daughter's name and our last name begins with a T.  I thought it would be too cheesy to pick an "A" name for her middle initial so we went with Rose.  But, I really wish we had used Ann.  We thought we'd call her Kate but ended up calling her by her full name or Kat.  I think it would have been more fun than cheesy if her initials had spelled her nickname.

January 13, 2013 11:17 PM

I think it's a cute idea and I can see why you'd want to do it -- it's almost a secret about the names that only people very close to your kids will know/notice.  The "y" does, I think, offer some problems -- like other people mentioned, internal ys often signal "girl".  So for a boy, I would personally try to come up with alternatives -- a lot of boy names end in y, luckily!

Some I thought of:


but there are lots and lots more!