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  1. #1
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    Cailin or Emmalyn and what spelling?

    I have a main character who is the love interest of the narrator. I want to name her either Cailin or Emmalyn (that pronunciation, not LINE or LEEN). My feeling for her name was something fresh and feminine, underused but not unfamiliar, and I feel like either of these names fit the bill.

    I'm leaning toward Cailin, but I don't know that I love that spelling because the pronunciation may not be intuitive for every reader. I also worry it would be confused for CAITlin if it was spelled as-is.

    Which name would you choose and what spelling would you think is the clearest? Thanks for your opinions.

  2. #3
    Personally, I love Cailin! I know three of them, but they all spell it differently: Kaylyn, Kalen, and Caylinde. The last one gets mispronounced a lot, but it's really pretty. Emmalyn justs sounds... clunky. It also kind of sounds like you're trying too hard at being original. I'd go with Cailin.(However you'd spell it)
    -Lailey

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  3. #5
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    I like Cailin but at first glance I definately thought it was Caitlin. Maybe Kailin? Good luck!
    Boys: Maxwell, Bennett, Oliver, Elliott and Archer.

    Girls: Rose, Juliet, Aria, Cora and Scarlett


    Sorry for any random spellings. I'm probably on my nook!

  4. #7
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    Caylan? Definitely some form of Cailin. I prefer C over K.

  5. #9
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    Ceilin? A bit like the Scots Gaelic word Ceilidh (Kayleigh). Caylin? Caelin?
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


    Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.

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