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  1. #6
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    Re: LEGITIMATE Alternate Spellings

    "Four be the things I'd have been better without: love, curiosity, freckles and doubt." -Dorothy Parker

  2. #8
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    Re: LEGITIMATE Alternate Spellings

    I definitely prefer Elizabeth, Rachel, Catherine, Sophia, Cecelia, Anne, Clare, Eleanor, Susannah, Rebecca, Hannah, Leigh, Cara, Catriona, Caitlin, Lena, Leila, Lynn, Laura, Finn, Briony, Grier, Leah, Sarah, and Molly, Steven, Blithe, over their respective counter-parts but...

    Nora vs. Norah - I like the classic-ness of Nora and the spunky-ness of Norah, so I find this one really tough.

    Madeline or Madeleine - I think I really prefer Madeleine but for Madeline seems a lot more.. practical. In that it would cause less confusin, I believe.

    Maia vs. Maya - I assume this is said May - uh. I pronounce Maya as MY - uh, so to me these are two completely different names. For May-uh, I prefer. Maia.

    Isabel vs. Isabelle - I like the Scottish variation, Isobel, best.

  3. #10
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    Re: LEGITIMATE Alternate Spellings

    Elizabeth - the Z adds spunk to such a total classic, in my mind.
    Rachel - I'd seen Rachel many times before I ever saw Rachael, so I find myself wanting to pronounce Rachael differently, like ray-chayl, not ray-chel.
    Katherine - difficult. I think this one just wins, for added spunk, especially as I love the nicknames Kit and Kitty. That said, I prefer Cate to Kate.
    Sophia - just aesthetics.
    Nora - I think this one looks sweeter!
    Cecilia - this one looks more legitimate to me, somehow.
    Anne - Ann without the E looks so dull, to me. I've probably been brainwashed by Anne of Green Gables, though :)
    Claire - looks more complete.
    Eleanor vs. Elinor - I actually can't choose. It's really funny, but I say these names differently - I'm British, and we pronounce Eleanor as ell-uh-nuh, but the only Elinor I've met was American, and so I pronounce her name the way she does, el-in-or. So to me, Elinor gets the R pronounced, Eleanor doesn't.
    Susannah - looks more complete.
    Rebecca - looks gentler, in my opinion.

    Interesting topic!
    Auburn

    Oh, more :
    Stuart or Stewart?
    Stephen or Steven?

  4. #12
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    Re: LEGITIMATE Alternate Spellings

    Elisabeth-I think it looks more lyrical. And I hate the 'Liz' syllable
    Rachel
    Catherine-more unexpected
    Sophia
    Nora-I think I'm in an anti-final 'H' period
    Cecelia-Cecilia reminds me of penicillin
    Anne-Ann Shirley said it best!
    Clare-more unusual, cleaner
    Eleanor
    Susanna-fresher
    Rebecca
    Hannah
    Lee-more authentic
    Cara-Kara looks trendee
    Katrina-Catriona wld get too much mispronunciation
    Caitlin-Kaitlin looks trendee-gotta be careful with those K's!
    Madeline-b/c I like the long 'line' pronunciation
    Lena
    Leila
    Lynn
    Laura
    Finn
    Briony
    Greer-it's just what I automatically think
    Leah
    Sara-see Nora
    Stephen
    Blythe-looks more like a name, less like a word
    Maia
    Molly
    Isobel-most seperate from ubiquitous Isabellas.

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    Re: LEGITIMATE Alternate Spellings

    TARA <3

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