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  1. #11
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    Re: LEGITIMATE Alternate Spellings

    Elizabeth vs. Elisabeth: Elisabeth!

    Rachel vs. Rachael: Definitely Rachel.

    Katherine vs. Catherine (or Katharine): Catherine or Katharine

    Sofia vs. Sophia: I'm not sure... I think Sophia right now.

    Nora vs. Norah: Nora.

    Cecilia vs. Cecelia: Cecilia! I don't think Cecelia is a legitimate alternate spelling... wasn't it made up to get to the nickname Celia?

    Ann vs. Anne: Anne is elegant and lovely, while Ann is frumpy.

    Claire vs. Clare: Claire, but Clare is nice too.

    Eleanor vs. Elinor: Eleanor, though both are nice.

    Susannah vs. Susanna: Today, Susanna, but I like both.

    Rebecca vs. Rebekah: Definitely Rebecca.

    Hannah vs. Hanna (or Hana): Hana is pronounced differently, isn't it?

    Lee vs. Leigh: I don't like either, but Leigh looks tryndeigh.

    Kara vs. Cara: Cara.

    Katrina vs. Catriona (pr. the same): Catriona; it's lovely!

    Kaitlin vs. Caitlin: Caitlin. Kaitlin isn't a legitimate spelling.

    Madeline vs. Madeleine: Definitely Madeleine. I've also seen Madelaine.

    Lina vs. Lena: Lina, but both are nice.

    Leila vs. Layla: Leila; Layla looks trendy.

    Lynn vs. Linn: Neither, but Linn just looks wrong.

    Laura vs. Lora: Laura... Lora is made up, isn't it?

    Finn vs. Fin: Finn. A fin is what a fish has.

    Briony vs. Bryony: Bryony.

    Greer vs. Grier: Ugh, neither. Since it's a surname, there can't really be a legitimate spelling.

    Leah vs. Lea: Leah. There's also Lia.

    Sarah vs. Sara: Sarah, but I don't mind Sara.

    Steven vs. Stephen: Stephen.

    Blythe vs. Blithe: Blithe.

    Maia vs. Maya: Maia!

    Molly vs. Mollie: Mollie looks so juvenile. Molly isn't much better.

    Isabelle vs. Isabel (or Isobel): I actually like them all equally!

    Stuart vs. Stewart: Stuart.

    What about:

    Silvia/Sylvia
    Gabriella/Gabriela
    Lidia/Lydia
    Zara/Zahra
    Talia/Thalia
    Clio/Cleo
    Serafina/Seraphina
    Alana/Alanna
    Vivian/Vivienne/Vivien
    Calista/Kalista
    Amelia/Emilia
    cordelia ~ jessamine ~ alice ~ louisa ~ maeve ~ julia ~ eloise ~ fiona ~ genevieve
    matthias ~ william ~ henry ~ finn ~ benjamin ~ frederick ~ leander

  2. #13
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    Re: LEGITIMATE Alternate Spellings

    Elizabeth vs. Elisabeth - Elisabeth
    Rachel vs. Rachael - Rachel
    Katherine vs. Catherine (or Katharine) - Catherine
    Sofia vs. Sophia - Sophia
    Nora vs. Norah - Nora
    Cecilia vs. Cecelia - Cecelia
    Ann vs. Anne - Anne
    Claire vs. Clare - Claire
    Eleanor vs. Elinor - Eleanor
    Susannah vs. Susanna - Susannah
    Rebecca vs. Rebekah - Rebecca
    Hannah vs. Hanna (or Hana) - Hannah
    Lee vs. Leigh - Leigh
    Kara vs. Cara - Cara
    Katrina vs. Catriona (pr. the same) - Katrina
    Kaitlin vs. Caitlin - Caitlin
    Madeline vs. Madeleine - Madeleine
    Lina vs. Lena - Lina
    Leila vs. Layla - Leila
    Lynn vs. Linn - Lynn
    Laura vs. Lora - Laura
    Finn vs. Fin - Finn
    Briony vs. Bryony - Briony
    Greer vs. Grier - Grier
    Leah vs. Lea - Lea
    Sarah vs. Sara - Sara
    Steven vs. Stephen - Stephen
    Blythe vs. Blithe - Blythe
    Maia vs. Maya - Maya
    Molly vs. Mollie - Molly
    Isabelle vs. Isabel (or Isobel) - Isobel
    Stuart vs. Stewart - Stuart


    Wilhelmina or Willamina? Hubby and I are actually debating over this. The German or anglicized spelling. I prefer Wilhelmina.

  3. #15
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    Re: LEGITIMATE Alternate Spellings

    Rachel vs. Rachael - example of hyperforeignism
    (or Katharine) - Just because one celeb had her name spelled wrong doesnt make it legitimate
    Rebecca vs. Rebekah - Rebekah is one of the only misspellings I actually prefer to the legitimate one
    Kara vs. Cara
    Lynn vs. Linn
    Laura vs. Lora
    Finn vs. Fin
    Greer vs. Grier - One celebrity spelling her daughter's name this way also doesnt make it legit
    Blythe vs. Blithe
    Maia vs. Maya

    The rest are also not legitimate variations. Legit variations come from other languages using the name and changing the spelling to better fit for them, such as Ann (English) vs Anne (French) or Claire (French) vs Clare (Latin).

  4. #17
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    Re: LEGITIMATE Alternate Spellings

    Rachel vs. Rachael - example of hyperforeignism
    (or Katharine) - Just because one celeb had her name spelled wrong doesnt make it legitimate
    Rebecca vs. Rebekah - Rebekah is one of the only misspellings I actually prefer to the legitimate one
    Kara vs. Cara
    Lynn vs. Linn
    Laura vs. Lora
    Finn vs. Fin
    Greer vs. Grier - One celebrity spelling her daughter's name this way also doesnt make it legit
    Blythe vs. Blithe
    Maia vs. Maya

    The rest are also not legitimate variations. Legit variations come from other languages using the name and changing the spelling to better fit for them, such as Ann (English) vs Anne (French) or Claire (French) vs Clare (Latin).

  5. #19
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    Re: LEGITIMATE Alternate Spellings

    Quote Originally Posted by whitman
    Rachel vs. Rachael - example of hyperforeignism
    (or Katharine) - Just because one celeb had her name spelled wrong doesnt make it legitimate
    Rebecca vs. Rebekah - Rebekah is one of the only misspellings I actually prefer to the legitimate one
    Kara vs. Cara
    Lynn vs. Linn
    Laura vs. Lora
    Finn vs. Fin
    Greer vs. Grier - One celebrity spelling her daughter's name this way also doesnt make it legit
    Blythe vs. Blithe
    Maia vs. Maya

    The rest are also not legitimate variations. Legit variations come from other languages using the name and changing the spelling to better fit for them, such as Ann (English) vs Anne (French) or Claire (French) vs Clare (Latin).
    Sorry, I realize that you are correct that some of these names are not exactly LEGIT. Perhaps I should have been more clear, in that I meant that this thread was for discussion about more widely excepted VARIATIONS of names, but not "unique". Meaning, Katharine is okay (although I much prefer Catherine), however for the purpose of this discussion, Kaathyrinn is not.

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