Apostrophes in First Names?

You know what puzzles me?  I don’t understand why people include apostrophes in the spelling of their children’s names.* This phenomenon crosses socio-economic and racial lines, so I’m really puzzled by it.  Everyone’s doing it.  Why?

Google’s definition of “apostrophe” is:

 a punctuation mark ( ’ ) used to indicate either possession (e.g., Harry’s book ; boys’ coats ) or the omission of letters or numbers (e.g., can’t ; he’s ; class of ’99 ).

The apostrophe is most commonly used to indicate possession.  We know it’s not being used for that when it comes to these names.  On the flipside, the chances of it’s secondary purpose, replacing letters in a word, occurs sometimes but why not just spell the name out?  So then is it fair to assume the apostrophe is there for mere decoration?  Is this form of ornamental emphasis what is being used to justify the gross abuse of English punctuation that’s been taking place?

Darcy=D’Arcy     Nadine= N’Dean     Delilah=D’Lilah     Shatoya= Sha’Toya     Dewayne=De’Wayne     Latoya =La’Toya

It needs to stop.  It doesn’t make sense-actually, it’s kind of confusing.  It’s not practical.  What happens when it’s time to fill out official forms with those boxes for each letter of your name?  Are you using a single box to place a lone apostrophe in it?

Might I suggest parents pick different names?  Or better yet, keep the name that’s been picked, just omit the apostrophe?  Ideally, the goal would be having a name that doesn’t rely on arbitrary punctuation.  If you absolutely must include an apostrophe, would you consider making it the middle name, not the first?  Because I mean really, what explanations are you giving your children when they ask you why there are random apostrophes in their names?

*Disclaimer: I understand some apostrophe-having names are non-English (such as traditional Hebrew names).  I am not talking about those names here.

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2 thoughts on “Apostrophes in First Names?

  1. ” What happens when it’s time to fill out official forms with those boxes for each letter of your name? Are you using a single box to place a lone apostrophe in it?”

    Funny story my little sister has 4 names and they have have an apostrophe in them. My middle name has one in it. I think all my sibilings have them. -_- My mom was a young mother…lol

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