Guilty Pleasure Spellings: What’s yours?

You know, you know, it’s Nameberry heresy. ย But you just can’t help it.

You like Jayne better than Jane. ย Prefer Aiden to Aidan, Katelyn to Caitlin.

We were tickled when we saw the forum started by Chrisco called Guilty Pleasure Spellings. ย You know, those less-than-conventional spellings you prefer to the more classic versions.

We’re not talking about Steven over Stephen or Anne as opposed to Ann: Those are both correct and long-accepted.

But the much-maligned kree8tiv spellings that you know may be tacky or twisted, but dang it: You love it anyway.

I, for instance, love the Irish name Siobhan, but I can’t help loving the phonetically straightforward Shevonne even more, maybe because it embraces its own luscious sound.

What’s your Guilty Pleasure Spelling, and why?

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JH Says:

October 9th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Does Rebekah count? It’s the original spelling of Rebecca, but I don’t think it’s as common. I love it. Otherwise, I’m a traditional girl.

Giinkies Says:

October 9th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Jaymi for Jaime / Jamie.
I love this spelling.

KiwiMarie Says:

October 9th, 2013 at 11:00 pm

I have the opposite problem: I love both the look of the lovely French Mireille and the pronunciation (Meer-ay’) but I know people would butcher it mercilessly. However, I can’t bring myself to alter the spelling. Mirei is cute but lacks the sophisticated polish of the longer spelling and the silent L’s.

oboeplayer1 Says:

October 9th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I am obsessed with the alternate spelling Adrianne for Adrienne. I am not sure if they are pronounced the same or not, but I like Adrianne much better.

alzora Says:

October 9th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Neve! Pronounced how it looks: “neev.” I know it’s supposed to be…Niamh?…but I think Neve is charming. My husband actually likes Neve pronounced “NEY-vey,” as in the Italian word for snow.

Bea_Kent Says:

October 9th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

I like Kaila better than Kayla and Jaimee better than Jamie. I think they’re cuter. I also like Alivia and Isobel.

MauveBird Says:

October 9th, 2013 at 11:20 pm

My bf likes the name Elvis but I much prefer the spelling Alvis, maybe it’s because when growing up an Elvis was a females private parts :s

Jasey101 Says:

October 9th, 2013 at 11:30 pm

I prefer original spellings of everything.

minisia Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 12:00 am

I’m a sucker for “y” pronounced j’s in names like Freija, Lilija, Salomeja, Katelijne, Fjord, Sonja Kaj etc. although they’re legitimate spellings in other langauges. Same goes for the Slavic/Scandinavian “k” in Klara, Veronika, Karolina, Viktor, Luka, Kasper and Aleksander, and “e’s” at the end of Scandinavian/German names like Lore, Lotte, Mette, Elke.

As for kre8tyv spellings: Fynn, Helaine, Lylah, Djuna, Everleigh, Wylla, Sybella, Finleigh, Jorja

shellezbellez Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 1:02 am

I prefer Hailey to Haley, Aiden to Aidan, and Gryffin to Gryphon. Does Isobel instead of Isabelle count? I prefer it, too.

Haili73 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 1:10 am

Michaila! Because it’s my name I think it’s pretty. As opposed to all other Michaelas, Mikaylas, Makaylas, Mccailas, Micaelas, and McKaylas out there.

And if a kree8tv spelling is closer to the phonetic spelling, I’m all for it. Shevonne may not look as pretty as Siobhan, but at least I have an idea how to pronounce it.

Here’s my spelling philosophy: The more unique the name, the better a phonetic or “traditional” spelling will be. The more common the name, the more creative you can get with the spelling. Caitlynn/Katelyn/Kaitlin don’t bother me as much as the obscene amount of spellings for my own name, because you always know it’s pronounced KAYT-LIN. (I’ve gotten Mi-KY-la, Mi-shay-la, Mi-KAH-lee-ah…and don’t even get me started on misspellings…Michalila…on a letter from a college, no doubt. I didn’t go there, needless to say)

Also, if you name you child Madeline, it’s not pronounced like Madalyn. Madeline rhymes with “In an old house in Paris, covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines, and the smallest one was Madeline.”

If you’re going to spell it different, at least spell it a way that makes it closer to the pronunciation (as in the case of Madalyn/Madeline and Sheevone/Siobhan)

butterflykisses Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 1:14 am

I love Ashleigh over Ashley. Actually, I like all the leigh names… yes Im guilty.

niftylavalamp Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 1:34 am

I love Elanor (though I also love the classic Eleanor spelling), because of the Lord of the Rings connection. I think that is my only non-traditional spelling preference.

clairels Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 2:06 am

While Jane is plain, Jayne is vibrant and dare I say sexy.

Also, Bryan feels more…complete, somehow, than Brian. Also you don’t get that annoying “Brain” typo.

bluejuniper Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 4:19 am

I agree with butterflykisses – I’m also a bit of a fan of the leigh alternate spellings. And a number of lee ones for that matter!

The main one I’m guilty of is I much prefer Saige to Sage. I love both, but Saige just has a little extra appeal for me. Maybe it’s because I also like Paige but couldn’t use both, so Saige is a bit of a middle ground.

Abby Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 5:13 am

Alicyn! I know it looks kreativ and made-up and violates all sorts of name nerd rules but I love it anyway.

Heatherann Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 6:04 am

I’m also a fan of the -leigh endings.

My favorite spelling is the classic Catherine, but I’ve always like Kathryn. It just seems younger and cuter to me.

NerdyNamer Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 6:10 am

I can’t think of any. I love Isobel but since it is a Scottish spelling it isn’t exactly creative.

EmmaF Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 6:20 am

Rather than unconventional spellings, I’m a huge fan of unconventional pronounciations: I’m sorry, but I wish Fionnuala was prounounced fe-on-new-alla, not Finola, and that Siobhan was pronounced See-ob-an. Same for Niamh. Ne-am is so much prettier. Gosh darn those Irish!

TaylorBlueSkye Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 6:24 am

I have a soft spot for Taylor and since I live in Germany I’m thinking about using the Tailor spelling instead, because the “y” is a letter that looks very non-german in the middle of a name. Then again Tailor is a word.

larkub101 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 6:42 am

I like the name Sailor for a girl, but I adore Sayler even more! ๐Ÿ˜›

tree_loves_eth Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 6:57 am

I love different spellings of well established names, but only if they have history of their own.
For example, I love the name Isla, but I live the spellings Ila and Eila better (:

abkuroneko Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 7:40 am

I love Jane with a y so much better than the original, though that might be because I’m a Firefly fan. I’d love to use Jayne as a middle name for a future daughter. Kaitlyn and Kathryn are another one. They combine my love of y’s in names and names that have the nickname, Kat. Then there is Alyson, which I prefer over Alison, again because of the addition of the y haha.
While I am a fan of y’s in names, I’m not a huge fan of names that look really unique because of the addition of the y. I prefer names that have y’s to be more established versions of the name that have been used for awhile.

vicioustrollop9 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 7:42 am

My dad’s nickname is Jay, so my mum used Jayne as my sister’s middle name, and I love it. It makes the name more meaningful in my family.

dancingwithdad Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 7:52 am

Magdalynne — I guess it’s a combination of a different pronunciation and spelling?

dramagrl19 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 7:57 am

I ALWAYS get heat for this, but I prefer alternate spellings.

Instead of Caitlin, I like Katelynn and Catelynn
I LOVE Brooklyn, but I also LOVE Brooklynn
Instead of Jersey, I actually like Jerzee.
Instead of Emily, I like Emmalee
Instead of Lisa, I like Lysa
Instead of Michaela, I like MaKayla
Instead of Mackenzie, I like Mackynzie

And I can go on and on. ๐Ÿ˜‰

shieldsc Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 7:57 am

My daughter is Madelyn, and I do prefer this spelling but only because it was my beloved grandmother’s name. Otherwise, I’m pretty much a traditionalist. I have to share, though, that I just came across a Typheni on FB and it took me a few minutes to realize that it was the same name as Tiffany!

RainbowBright908 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 8:30 am

Sometimes, it makes sense. Like Rory instead of Ruaidhri. Maeve instead of Maebh. Traditional Irish names have some really difficult phonetics, at least to the majority of Americans. We named our little one a Gaelic name, only we used a more straightforward spelling.

But please, Brit’Tani is still pronounced Brittany, only it hurts my eyes to read& decipher the former. Aiydin? Maddyssyn? Londyn? Geez Louise. There are 20-some-odd spelling variations of the name Nevaeh. Stop it. The parents should change the spelling of their names to something kree8f before subjecting a child to a lifetime of people assuming they’re ignorant and illiterate.

calypsotheoneandonly Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 8:55 am

I don’t know if it counts, but I prefer Maisy to Maisie. I also considered spelling Lorelei “Lorelye” not too long ago (I know, guys. I know.). I was trying to make it look more phonetic ๐Ÿ˜€
And I have always disliked the spelling Eleanor. I don’t know why. I just do – Elanor or Elenor, fine. But not both the ‘e’ and the ‘a’.

jjayx Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 8:57 am

I don’t know whether its as unusual as I think, but I don’t see it many places; Aden. I prefer it over the Aiden/Aidan alternatives.

hermione_vader Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 8:58 am

I’ve heard Calum is the original spelling of this name, but I prefer Callum because it’s much more symmetrical. I also prefer Anne, Stephen, and Susannah for reasons of symmetry. Yet I prefer names with one “n”: Ariana over Arianna, Adriana over Adrianna, Briana over Brianna, Juliana over Juliana, with the exceptions of Giovanna and Gianna. I also prefer Gabriela over Gabriella and Daniela over Daniella.

As for more guilty pleasure-ish spellings, I prefer Hayley and Hayleigh to Hailey/Haley/Haylee/Hailee and I like Kayley as much as I like Kaylee. I used to love putting i’s on the end of names when I was younger: Ashli, Britni, Courtni.

I also agree with previous posters about Anglicizing Gaelic names because in the U. S., most people would not know Eithne was pronounced Enya by just looking at it. Outside of these exceptions I’ve listed, I’m generally a traditionalist when it comes to spelling.

backtomyroots Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 8:59 am

1. Josef instead of Joseph… it is a legitimate spelling and the spelling of my sons name. We chose it because my Husband is Hispanic and his family doesn’t speak English so the F was less confusing. ( Although they still mess up the J sound!)

2. Elinor… Don’t know what it is.. I just like the look

3. @ALZORA I also agree that Neve is MUCH MUCH easier than Niamh! It is still under consideration for our girls list!

MaryKathryn Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 9:27 am

1. I’ve always loved the name Cameron for a girl, but I found the original spelling so masculine, so I found Camryn. It’s so kree8tiv, I know, but I just love it! Especially because my name is Kathryn and -ryn is one of my favorite ending to names.
2. I also love Isobel, there’s something so contrasting to the beauty of the name and the regal spelling of the name. Isabel is nearly too pretty and cutesy for me.
3. I prefer Cate or Cait instead of Kate. C is one of my favorite letters as you can tell.
4. I can’t stand any other spelling of Emmie/Emmy than Emme. It looks to crisp and clean to me and I could never give my daughter the nickname Emme and not spell it e-m-m-e.
5. I love Gracyn instead of Grayson.
I have many more, I just can’t seem to think of them right now

lawsonhaley Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 9:31 am

Jayne over Jane
Malorie over Mallory
Maybelle over Mabel
Ainslie over Ainsley
Kaydence over Cadence
Darcie over Darcy

Brayden over Braden
Kayden over Caden
Elliott over Elliot
Ayden over Aiden
Lochlan over Lachlan

Mcdonak1 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 9:51 am

Unless you count my preference of Madeleine and Isobel over any of the other spellings of those, I almost always prefer the traditional spellings. I actually yelped while reading some of the spellings above. Eep.

CandaceMarie321 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 10:43 am

I prefer K to C usually, but that stems from my Scandinavian & my husband’s German background. Mikael and Nikolas, for example, are international spellings they tend to look like kree8tive spellings here in the states.

Sorceress Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 11:24 am

Briony! My long time favorite.

Karolina over Carolina (different pronunciation, same goes for Briony).

klutes Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 11:25 am

I really like the look of Freia instead of Freya. I’m not a huge fan of Y’s, but I also like the traditional name.

KickinKay Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 11:26 am

I used to be such a kree8tiv speller in my early teens! I’ve gotten better from my days of Maecie and Mychele and Violett but I still held on to one or two.

Fallyn instead of Fallon
Isobel instead of Isabel/Isabelle
Rebekah instead of Rebecca
Maia instead of Maya

I tend to also prefer the -ie spellings for girls better, Darcie, Carlie, etc.

For boys I really never tried to change the spellings, they always have seemed feminine to me, like Landyn vs. Landon.

Lakin5 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 11:29 am

I like Flinn for Flynn, Fionna for Fiona, Pollie for Polly, also like Ellanora/EllaNora for Eleanora!

LS08 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 11:35 am

I usually hate “unique” spellings of names. But for some reason, I love Everleigh opposed to Everly. I just think it looks so elegant with the -leigh!

PinkPenguin87 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 11:36 am

For me it would have to be Shyanne. Yes, I know its CHEYENNE, but I just LOVE the other spelling!

lalala__lauren Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 11:40 am

I always think that the first way I see a name spelled is the correct one: in kindergarten I had classmates Darcie and Katelyn, so I assumed those were how those names are usually spelled. I like both better than Darcy and Caitlin. I like Lillie better than Lily. I’m also a fan of Faye over Fay. Other than that, I think I like unusual names, but their usual spellings (for girls; I’m all for classics on boys).

katieree331 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I love K’s and almost always prefer them to C’s. I’m also not a huge fan of y’s in the middle of names. I prefer Brian to Bryan, Katherine to Cathryn and so on. Maybe because I’m Kaitlin. I love the way my name is spelled and all other spellings look wrong to me.

MillieMM Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I love Kacey for a girl, definitely a massive GP for me. I am also rather partial to Zoey. ๐Ÿ™‚

livia Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I can’t think of any creative spellings that I like, but I do like a few alternatives: for example Elinor (Eleanor), Briony (Bryony), Madeleine (Madeline/Madelyn et al).

EmilyVA Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Shivaughn or Shivonne or Chevaughn or Chivaughn instead Siobhan which is hard to see the pronunciation of. It’s the only name I really feel guilt for wanting to spell differently. They just look so…. corrupted or something.

In general I like legit spellings although not as the most popular spellings.
I like
Elinor (Sense and Sensibility and not Eleanor Rigby)
Isobel (which I think slightly alters pronunciation)
Elisabeth (on my list of names I would like to use)
Gillian (Jillian).

Chrisco Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I also plead guilty to Neve; but I have finally given up Zowie : ) Newest GP Spellings (I know, I know): Kateline and Willamina.

indiefendi Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Magdalina instead of Magdalena.

GinHanelle Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I typically prefer the common spellings of names, though I am somewhat in love with Yvori/Yvory (Ivory)

and Morghan (Morgan), as well as Maiban (Mabon) (Mabyn). I feel stressed even mentioning these…

Gingerfred4 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

How does changing the spelling of a name make any difference? Lauren or lauryn or Loren is still Lauren? I’m not sure people really pay so much attention to the spelling of a name unless its difficult to decipher or on the ridiculous side and then it would only be to snigger or comment on ‘how awkward’. It’s like trying to convince yourself you’re being original or different when in reality you’re still just choosing the same name. Sorry but it just seems pointless and quite funny that people would congratulate themselves on using an ‘alternative’ spelling that just sounds as ‘same old…’

mge28 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I don’t really like very many kreigh8tyv names. Just alternate spellings, except for Catelyn over Caitlin.

Julien over Julian
Rebekah over Rebecca
Jayne over Jane, but only ever so slightly.
Elyse over Elise
Jorja over Georgia, see Jayne.

chellemma1 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

It seems that people have more guilty pleasure spellings for girls than boys and I think I’m the same.
Even though these names aren’t favourites of mine I prefer Kealie/Keelie over Keeley, Kellie/Kelley over Kelly, Harleigh over Harley, Carlie over Carly and Ashleigh over Ashley (although where I’m from Ashleigh is the more common spelling for girls).

ricalini Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I like Ashlyn better than Aislin. Although I can’t pick a favorite, I like Shawn and Shaun as much as Sean. I like Kellie over Kelly. Jenni over Jenny. That’s all I can think of at the moment but I’m sure there’s more…

wanderland Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I like Karl over Carl – somehow I mean it gives the “old-fashioned” name a bit more spunk and young appeal.

Also, I can’t help but find Haleigh more appealing than Halie and Rhiley better than Riley (or Rylee).

ruolan Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Elanor more than Eleanor
Bryan not Brian
Feodor over Theodore
Lia over Leah
Ismael a little more than Ishmael
Fei slightly more than Fay
Laurylai over Lorelie

Dantea Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I like Jaxon more than Jackson. There, I said it!
Fey/Fae instead of Fay(e)
Damien instead of Damian
If used on a girl – Shilo/Shylo (this is the fault of a book) rather than Shiloh
Jayne on a boy
Loren rather than Lauren even though I know it’s a boy name
Terra rather than Tara (when Tara is pronounced the american way)
Zayn rather than Zane (I love Zane too but I think Zayn might be it’s own name?)
Syrena rather than Sirena — Even though the Y isn’t correct there, I named my villain Syrena and can’t force myself to use Sirena
Sylvana rather than Silvana

I just found an alternate name spelling tool that changed Ted to Tid as an alternate spelling. It told me to “Be Unique and stop following tradition.” How is Ted the same as Tid?

Anotherkate Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I don’t like many creative spellings to be honest…. But in high school I went through a phase of wanting a more unique name, via unique spellings. I tried out keighty, kaytee, katea, k80 and k8e (just for quick signature, and actually I still use k8 when signing emails now). Now I just love Kate ๐Ÿ™‚ if I were a Catherine I’d be cate but don’t consider that creative in that case.

njm222 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Well, I like most spellings as long as they aren’t obviously changed just for kicks, like adding silent letters or punctuation marks. I typically tend to lean toward more traditional spellings, but there are some exceptions.
The only real spelling-only differences I have a more-than-mild preference for are Alecsander instead of Alexander – I’m not entirely sure why, but I love it – and Brenden instead of Brendan. ๐Ÿ™‚
Also, anotherkate, you just happened to remind me of this – my sister also goes by Kate, but was called Katie when we were kids (her real first name is Kathleen). She’s 10 years older than me, and for the longest time I thought her name was “K.D.” Since it sounds just like “Katie”! ๐Ÿ˜›

Larkspur Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Karsyn for a girl. Have always loved it!

helloyellow5 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Can’t stand creative spellings!!! My own name is not spelled “traditionally” and it constantly gets spelled “wrong”. What’s the point when no one will ever get it right?

MFBerry Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I love Eleonora. I actually pronounce it elle-ee-oh-nor-a instead of elle-uh-nor-a.

KateMP91 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Oh, man. After reading through all of the comments, I have decided that I am REALLY not into creative spellings. I don’t even have a guilty pleasure spelling.

matti12 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I know, I know, it’s pretty bad-
I like Hayleigh and Haeli much more than the traditional Haley/Hailey spelling. They just seem so much more feminine, so much cuter. I also like Arora as opposed to Aurora- I love palindrome names.

Katarina Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I prefer Ana to Anna. Ana is a legitimate spelling in my culture but I had to fight with my husband to spell our daughter’s name that way.

catherineross Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I love Arielle. I think it’s because in my mind, the last syllable is emphasized more when it’s spelled this way, as opposed to the more familiar Ariel.

Jenna5128 Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Guilty pleasure spellings is a good way to put it, because I intensely dislike Kree8iv spellings.


I agree with the “leigh” endings –Ashleigh, etc. And I really like Lachlynn for a girl. Ick…I am ashamed.

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I seem to be in the minority here. I don’t really care for K names… I prefer Cara over Kara, Catherine over Katherine, Cassidy over Kassidy… The only K name I love is Kira. My guilty pleasure spelling is Zoie for Zoe(y). I don’t hate the Zoe/Zoey spellings, quite the opposite, actually. But when I hear a little girl with the name Zoe(y), I always imagine it spelled Zoie. When I meet an adult named Zoe(y), I imagine it spelled Zoe/Zoey.

sallycaitlin Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I love Elinor instead of Eleanor (which I also like). A girl in my class spells it this way and I’ve always thought it was lovely. I like Lakin rather than Laken and Laughlin or Lachlin instead of Lachlan (I like them both better on girls).

When I was younger, I preferred Salina to Selena and I’m not really sure why.

I also secretly love the “leigh” endings, with the exception of Haleigh and Kaleigh. I can’t get behind them.

BlueYorkie Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Maddey over Maddie
Rilee over Riley
Zophia over Sophia
Jada over Jayda
Lillie over Lily
Emerie over Emery
Tinleigh over Tinley
Marleigh over Marley

Wow I’m horrible!

Hannah-Banana Says:

October 11th, 2013 at 4:26 am

You know me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I prefer Locklyn (Lochlan), Onnaliese (Annaliese), Ellowyn (Elowen), Aubree (Aubrey), Juliette (Juliet), Arielle (Ariel), Pennleigh (Penley), Azrael (Azriel), and I have a Laikon (Laken) and a Faedra (Phaedra) of my own.

I’m the much despised Queen of creative spellings. I’m not trying to make a statement, I’m just doing what feels right for me and my family. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a visual person. I like a name, easing the spelling makes me fall in love with it. Not every name, obviously, but quite a few.

potofgold Says:

October 11th, 2013 at 5:47 am

I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to names! Particularly Irish names. I have an Irish name but live in England and it is constanly mispronounced so I can understand that it could bother people but I think spelling names phonetically takes away from the beauty of the name. Seeing Niamh spelt Neve, Caoimhe spelt Keeva and Meabh spelt Maeve makes me sad ๐Ÿ™

kgoodell Says:

October 11th, 2013 at 10:57 am

I am so, so not into creative spelling. Perhaps because normal spelling isn’t really my strong suit. Some of my least favorite names in life are the ones with the most variation in fact.

I did, however, run afoul of my husband when we were choosing a middle name for my daughter. It was to be “Marion” after my grandmother – but I strongly prefer “Marian” because it is so much more feminine. DH insisted on the original though, femininity be damned.

faithnamer Says:

October 11th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I love Merry instead of Mary. Although I think people would spell it as Mary too often..

LadyKofwatson Says:

October 11th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Evy instead of Evie.

We named our daughter Evy and chose to spell it with a Y because my husband spells his first name with a Y. Unfortunately, most people read her name as Eve-Ee instead of Eh-vee. Oh well! We love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

jillianmaye Says:

October 11th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I don’t even know why I looked at this page. Jerzee? Kill me now.

YvonneMarie Says:

October 11th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

In reply to Lawsonsays the name Maybelle and Mabel may be pronounced two different ways or are seen as two different names.
when i see Maybelle i pause between the may and the belle but with Mabel i pronounce it as i were saying maple. however i do prefer the name Maybelle to Mabel bc it is more flirty and femimine where Mabel reminds me of an older name

ebenezer.scrouge Says:

October 11th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Gemima from Jemima and Isobel instead of Isabelle but Isobel is my grandma’s name so I’m biased

jame1881 Says:

October 12th, 2013 at 9:41 am

I’m seeing a lot of Isobel, which I think is a “legitimate” Scottish way to spell Isabel. I totally agree with butterflykisses that it changes the pronunciation, and I like it better if it counts.
The best I can think of is I prefer Fredrica to Frederica, though neither name is high on my list. When a boy is Frederick, people naturally drop the “e” and pronounce it Fredrick. But when it’s turned into Frederica, it sounds like Fred-er-ee-ka instead of Fred-ree-ka.
Also, I like -leigh endings. They seem more formal than -lee or -ley. Within reason, of course, and only at the end. (Kelleigh and Ashleigh are okay, Leighann or Pahyleigh is not)

WarpedBritt Says:

October 12th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

My daughter’s name is Lyrik (pronounced the same as Lyric)

alchemicallypurplefairy Says:

October 12th, 2013 at 6:38 pm


Bugz Says:

October 14th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

One of mine is the spelling of Mercedes… I spell it Mercedeze

RubySophia Says:

October 14th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I also admit to loving Neve. I absolutely love it.
I prefer Isobel over Isabel/Isabelle, even if they are all legit spellings.
I like the look of Elinor, but enjoy Eleanor, too. Elinor looks cleaner, but trendy.

Westfall620 Says:

October 15th, 2013 at 12:14 am

Madeleine over Madeline etc.
Adelynn over Adelaine
Gracen over Grayson
Sebastien over Sebastian
Aiden over Aidan
Jayde over Jade
Arielle over Ariel
Sydney over Sidney
Conner over Connor
Colten over Colton
Kieran or Kyren over Ciaran
Gene over Jean (even for a girl)
Caileigh/Kaley over Kailey
Elysia over Alicia (El-lee-see-uh)

I’ve seen Loyd( not Lloyd), Tiphanie, Typheni, Stefani, Steffanie, Quade(pronounced Kade), Tayler and Taylar, Jaclyn, Janyce, all people in my high school yearbook

For pronunciation love Genevieve, but don’t like it pronounced Jena-veeve. I prefer Zhan-vee-ev

alphabetdem Says:

October 15th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Ayla much more than Isla. Isla is so tropical… Ayla looks more intuitive to me.

Laurs Says:

November 15th, 2013 at 11:44 am


GreenEyes375 Says:

July 16th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I too am guilty of prefering leigh to lee/ley/lie.
When I was younger, I was obsessed with Keyleigh (Kaley) and Hayleigh (Haley).
At around the same time, I’m ashamed to say that I liked Katelynne, Kyleigh, Kelyn (though I found out later that this is a legitimate name), Raehab, Alyzabethe, Danyelle, Madiline, Alixandryn, among many others.
Though I no longer like those spellings (except Kelyn), I now like Silvia, Jayne, Abbe (Abby), Carley, Syrena, McKinzi (my middle name).
For boys, I normally prefer the original spelling, excluding my preferences of Bayleigh to Bailey, Sloane to Sloan, and Viktor to Victor.

orphanedhanyou Says:

April 22nd, 2017 at 12:40 pm

KIIV (Kate)

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