As someone involved with the school, unusual names are a problem, but the biggest problems are the unusual spellings. Sometimes with the unusual spelling, it can make it difficult to pronounce correctly. In my son's grade, there are 2 Alyssa's. The one is pronounce like a-list (minus the t)-a, while the other is pronounced a- lease- e-a. While I know Alyssa is not an unusual spelling, the way it's meant to be pronounced makes things difficult, and I know even for the teachers, it makes it difficult to know which one is which....especially when handing homework back. Kids in 1st and 2nd grades, don't always remember to put there last name or just the initial of their last name on their papers.
But, some of the kids names really take the cake.....we have a Daquain pronounced day-kwan, a Dajorique, which I have to call him D.J., cause I can't get my tongue to work,(and I'm not the only one....almost every adult in the building calls him D.J.) and a Jacquoia pronounced Ja-coy-a.
Then we have the kinda unusual names like Star, Montana, Heaven & Autumn.
While some of the names are not totally unusual, people really need to think that these kids are going to be saddled with these names that the parents think are cute, but other people are going to have to learn how to spell, or pronounce correctly. Not to mention the kid is going to have to deal with that, too. My feeling is this: if you think Peach Blossom, or Audio Science, or any other oddball name is cute/nice, then change your own name to it, DON'T make some innocent child have to live with that name.
I went to school with:
Crystal Shan DeLear
Drew A. Blank
John F. Kennedy (no, not the president)