Poor Megan. I do bad things to her, turning her into Meghan and Meggan, and I do it with a smile.
Jessamyn...flagrant abuse of the letter Y, but it's a family spelling, and I've grown to like the look of it more than Jessamine.
Briony: Again, with the Y, but this time I take it out for no good reason. It belongs in Bryony, and I know it. Briony is very Atonement.
I used Shaun in a story because I wanted a name that was familiar--but a little "off"--for a troubled character. I have grown to like it more than Sean or Shawn. Whoops.
Winnifred: I slightly prefer Winifred now, but I threw this extra N in for the longest time. When I'm typing the name, I still include it without thinking.
I also have some names where I prefer a certain spelling over the most common and/or original one, but I don't feel any guilt about these: Elinor, Marion, Kaitlin, Rebekah, Gillian, Clare, Lillie, Bryce.
Camryn for a girl is a GP spelling I've had forever. I like Cameron on a boy (but wouldn't use it due to it's meaning), so I have no idea why I like Camryn. But it does the trick.
Zoe to Zoie
Cora to Kora
Megan to Meghan
Mia to Miya (Miya is a legit Japanese name, but it does look kry8tiv and it would be said as Maya)
Mae to Mai (I know Mai is said like my, but I grew up thinking it was said May thanks to my favorite cartoon)
Caia to Kaia
Sailor to Saylor (I had a friend named that in fifth grade and it stuck)
Adeline to Adalyn
Gianna to Jianna
Jocelyn to Josslyn
Leo to Lio
Ian to Aeon
Jason to Jayson
Nick to Nik
Wesley to Westley
Carolyn: I like this much better than Caroline. Probably because of House of Dark Shadows.
Alyx: Far too tryndee, but much more modern than just Alex.
Jakob: I like this because it feels like a real name, not just a long form of Jake. I know it doesn't make sense. I'm okay with that.
Alyss: Yeah, I don't even know. I love Alice but Alyss is just awesome.
I preferred Elisabeth to Elizabeth for a really long time. Even looking at it now, I'm wavering. Ditto Katharine. And I still dig that extraneous H in Meghan.
Take the final 's' off Alyss and you get Alys, a totally legitimate Welsh spelling. Also, Alix is a million times better than Alex.
Ditto this. Jayne looks so magical to me.
Originally Posted by r_j
It was mentioned by a pp, but I adore Elyse...with the y, even though I have an utter hatred of unnecessary Ys in names.
Also much prefer Elinor to Eleanor.
Ashlyn for Aisling (Yes, I know. I'm going to name nerd hell).
I like a lot of alternative spellings which people I know would say are wrong, but which are so perfect and legit. I don't know if I feel guilty about 'em but they would certainly get me a lot of grief.
Spellings I prefer
Gillian Love this one! I know some people try to change the pronunciation, but I pronounce Jillian and I prefer this spelling.
Elisabeth I prefer this Gemanic spelling to Anglo one. Also would be easier to get to Ilse, Ilsa, and Elsa nicknames.
Isobel I love this spelling. Probably wouldn't use it, but I would pronounce it with more of an o sound.
Jayne Wouldn't be able to use it, but this spelling is spunkier and funkier and sassier than Jane.
I also like Kassandra much more than Cassandra. Behind The Name lists it as the ancient Greek form (as well as the modern English variant), so I guess it's legit. With all the K names around now though, it still feels guilty :)
I also agree about Meghan. Love this one too
Haha! The Irish in me probably shouldn't be laughing at this : )
Originally Posted by pansy