As we鈥檝e seen in our 鈥淲hy I Named My Baby鈥 series, a creative baby name often reveals a tremendous amount about the namer: their ancestry, the values their family holds and more. But like all things in life, there are no hard or fast rules when it comes to unique names. Sometimes a name is the perfect fit just because! Scroll on to learn the history behind a baby name that is super sweet.


The Unique Baby Name

Cinnamon Lee Janzer

The Story (and Real Meaning!) Behind the Baby Name

Marlene Janzer had the baby name 鈥淐innamon鈥 picked out ever since she was a teenager. 鈥淚 just came up with it,鈥 she told us. As she grew older, the name聽was always hanging in the back of her mind: 鈥淪omeday, if I have a girl, I鈥檓 going to name her Cinnamon.鈥 While she knew the name was never a given聽鈥斅犫淚 didn鈥檛 even know if I would someday find a husband who would agree to that name!鈥 鈥 the name stuck with her.

When Marlene was pregnant with her fist child, she and her husband decided to keep the gender of the baby a surprise. They pored over baby books, creating lists and matching them to see their favorites. If the baby was a boy, they decided on the name 鈥淛oran.鈥 But picking a girl鈥檚 name ended up being a challenge, though not because of Marlene鈥檚 husband 鈥 he really liked the name 鈥淐innamon.鈥

It was Marlene who started to get cold feet as she got closer to her due date 鈥 could she really give her daughter such a unique name? She found herself leaning toward the name 鈥淐assandra,鈥 an equally powerful, though certainly much more common moniker. When a family member suggested 鈥淪andy鈥 as a possible nickname for Cassandra, Marlene鈥檚 mind was instantly made up. She didn鈥檛 care for nicknames, and so the baby, if born a girl, would be Cinnamon Lee. Marlene and her husband chose Lee as a middle name because it was short, and they were already saddling their baby with so many letters in her first name.

When they announced the name, Marlene says they got a lot of surprised and shocked reactions from people, and she heard, 鈥淚 can鈥檛 believe you鈥檙e doing that,鈥 more than once. Perhaps the best reactions though, were from Marlene鈥檚 oldest friends. They聽knew she had the name picked out for years. 鈥淵ou really did it, didn鈥檛 you,鈥 they told her.

But it didn鈥檛 take long before the name Cinnamon fit their daughter聽perfectly, and now Marlene says no one can imagine Cinnamon聽by any other name. Especially given聽Cinnamon鈥檚 creative聽background,聽Marlene says the name actually suits her better than any other name would.聽While there have been the occasional jokes 鈥 many people suggested that Marlene name her second daughter, Mandi, 鈥淣utmeg鈥 or 鈥淕inger鈥 鈥 and a few turned heads in public, Marlene says she wouldn鈥檛 trade it for any other name.


What Cinnamon Thinks

Cinnamon says, 鈥淚 love my name! There was never a time that I didn鈥檛鈥 I think that it played a huge role in defining me, and weirdly enough, has taught me a bunch about people over time based on the way they react to it. A lot of people love it, some people (usually men) are skeptical of it, and assume that I鈥檓 giving a fake name, sometimes even go as far as to demand to see identification as if I owe them that. It鈥檚 a really funny thing to observe.鈥 Cinnamon says that as she鈥檚 grown older, she loves her name even more. 鈥淚t鈥檚 just always been a part of who I am and I think it set me up to stand out from the crowd a bit and to be okay with being a little different from an early age.鈥

She plans on giving her kids creative baby names, telling us, 鈥淣othing so bizarre that it鈥檚 incomprehensible, but I think I鈥檇 strive for something unique. I鈥檇 hope my kids would find the same empowerment in it that I did, and if they don鈥檛 like the name, they can always adopt a nickname or even change it legally if they鈥檇 like. Haha!鈥

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