The cause of this trend is clear. More women are bearing children without benefit of a formal husband. There is no check on the self-indulgences that take place with those who use idiotic “alternate spellings” for their daughters so she can be “one of a kind” (with a name nobody can spell).
Normally, it is the husbands who will say no son of mine is gonna be called “Jayden.” Regarding the oddball Palin naming conventions, that has much (I believe) to do with Native culture being broader in their selection of names from time immemorial, so they get a waiver.
Interesting but valid point. My wife is due with our second child now and like our first, I'll let her pick the name but I reserve veto power.
I believe that a child's name should let them blend in, not stand out and our first son has a very generic male name. If as he gets older, he'd like a nickname (as I took for myself) that'll be up to him.
My 29 year old son named his first boy (and my first grandson) Jaylen. Broke my reality into a thousand pieces.