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Subject: Aaralyn
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: December 10, 2007 at 7:53:39 PM
I suppose this is a "heads up" about a bad etymology. Babynames.com posted its Top 100 names of the year (which they collect from the names on "favorite lists" of users of their site, so it's not created from actual birth records), and the most surprising name on the list was Aaralyn. Jennifer Moss, owner of the site, says Aaralyn was added to several hundred "favorites" lists on her site this year. It is the name of a particular "Christian singer", and also of a rock band. I found the website of the singer, where it explains that Aaralyn is her stage name and her birth name was Amanda. She claims that Aaralyn "means" "with song" or "beautiful melody".

There are several websites that do give one of those "meanings" for Aaralyn. This seems rather ridiculous on the face of it, especially since the linguistic origin given on those sites is "American". Babynames.com itself is undoubtedly much closer to the truth when it describes Aaralyn as probably being a modern creation of a new feminine form for Aaron.

So just to check -- do any of you other experts out there know of any language where "with song" would make sense as an origin for Aaralyn? Or is that really as silly as it sounds? :)

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