Do you have preferred spellings that go against board (or real-world) norms? What are they?
Here are some of mine:
Sibyl / Sibylla - I'm genuinely baffled by the almost universal preference toward y-then-i here. Is it a Downton Abbey thing? Or what?
Isidora - I get that Isadora is much easier to pass off as an Isabella alternative, but Isidora's so much cleaner-looking!
Susanna - I'm 99% certain that the more common spelling (on these boards, at least) is Susannah. But the 'h' is so superfluous and dull, you guys!
Erika - This is my name and I am biased.
Geoffrey - Not that people are really clamoring to use Jeffery on the board, but in real-world terms, Jeffrey is ranked in the 200s (in the US) and Geoffrey is ranked...not at all
I prefer Sibylla. It seems less like Sibyl with -la on the end.
Isidora I also prefer because its closer to the original meaning - "gift of isis"
I also prefer Susanna vs Susannah. Without the 'h' it seems so much cleaner.
And I also prefer Geoffrey - its so much more sophisticated.
It will take me a while to think of my favourites.
I prefer Sybil/Sybilla, but that's probably because it's what my eyes are most used to, and therefore the other spelling jars slightly. Downton may be (okay, probably is ;) ) a factor, and I also like the nn Billie which is less natural with Sibyl/la.
Similarly with Isidora/Isadora, I prefer the latter as it's what my eyes are adjusted to, although that doesn't mean I really have anything against the alternative. Also, I think I would pronounce the two slightly differently - iss-i-dor-a vs iz-uh-dor-a. Plus, the a gives the nn Sadie (although thinking about it, Sid would be pretty cute for the i spelling).
Susannah I prefer with the h. For me, it escalates it from being just another -anna name to something quirkier and more complete.
Geoffrey all the way, for me. I agree with pp, it seems much more sophisticated, and I love the history and depth of the name.
As for my own spelling deviances:
Although I'm not a huge fan of either, I vastly prefer Norah to Nora. It removes some of the bluntness.
Edmund and Rosamund look far softer and more attractive to me than Edmond and Rosamond, both of which I see a lot.
I prefer Briony to Bryony by a mile, even though Bryony is the proper spelling of the plant, because it looks so much more feminine and dainty. All the Bryonys I've come across have had the y spelling.
I like Sybil better :D And Prof. Trelawney in HP's first name is Sybill. Hmm, perhaps it's an English thing. Just had a quick look at the popularity of Sybil/Sibyl for 2011, England & Wales. Sybil is at #4049 and Sibyl isn't ranked. In older stats, the only time it appears on our 1904-1994 ranks is in 1924 at #99, as Sybil. I think the Sybil spelling is generally more popular over here :)
Agreed with Isidora. I don't mind Isadora, but I love the boy name Isidor, so Isidora appeals more.
I like both spellings of Susanna, but perhaps Susannah clinches it. Looks complete to me.
Erika/Erica - I don't mind either way.
And I prefer Geoffrey. Jeffery seems very 50s/surname-y to me, whilst Geoffrey could be a mediaeval knight :D
As for my preferred spellings, I like the bolded ones best of these: Digory/Diggory, Anthony/Antony, Sidney/Sydney, Rachel/Rachael, Catherine/Katherine, Kate/Cate, Cecilia/Cecelia, Briony/Bryony, Steven/Stephen, Gillian/Jillian, Ann/Anne, Isabelle/Isabel
I got stuck on finding names with variant spellings so I googled it and found this old Nameberry thread :D
I always preffered Erik/Erika over Eric/Erica. The "k" makes it seem fresh.
I prefer Catherine with a C, even though Katherine with a K is the most popular and most traditional. I like the literary association and the nickname "Cat". I love animal names.
I like Vivienne more than Vivian because it is french and sounds and looks better with my last name.
I also prefer Geoffrey over Jeffrey.
I also MUCH prefer Gillian over Jillian. The G makes seem elegant and fresh imo.
Generally the only deviations I find I like are simplifications: I prefer Anabel to Annabelle, etc.
Most of the time I don't like names that have multiple common spelling options.
I saw this one on here the other day: Gwyneth vs. Gwenyth. I prefer the look of Gwyneth but prefer the sound of Gwenyth and the potential for the nn Gwen....
I believe Gwyneth is the traditional spelling. I went to high school with a Gwyneth; she uses the full name professionally but everyone calls her Gwen. In my region, there is no difference in the sound of Gwyneth and Gwenyth.
I admit that I don't know if Peyton or Payton is "correct," but there are a ton of girls at this school with the name and just like I always had to ask Sarah's "With an h or without?", now I have to say "Payton with an a or an e?" :cool:
My mother is name Gillian, so I've always thought the same haha. She's the only Gillian I know, but there is plenty of Jillian's around.
Originally Posted by uselesskitty
Some more names I like with a different spelling are;
Ariana, Arianna is much more common from where I live. I just like it with the one N.
Annabel instead of Annabelle. I used to prefer Annabelle but then it looked too frilly for me (I find Annabel a frilly name anyway).
I much prefer Louis to Lewis. Lewis is extremely popular where I live...There were 5 in my year at comprehensive school. There were also a few Lewys' too. I think it looks a bit better than Lewis.
I love Katharine. Two a's. Like Katharine Hepburn. It and Catherine are about tied for me. I know its maybe a bit strange, but I don't like Katherine nearly as much as the others.
I like the h on Susannah, it looks lopsided without it, and at odds with other Biblical names like Hannah, Sarah, Leah, etc. Well, those h's are also debatable, but I prefer them, generally.
I do prefer the simpler Isabel/Annabel/Mirabel to -belle or -bella forms though, so I can appreciate simplicity at times.
Rosamund I definitely prefer to Rosamond.
I like Briar more than Brier.
I like both Reina and Raina more than Rayna or Reyna.