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Spelling Variations: Do They Change the Image of a Name?

Spelling Variations: Do They Change the Image of a Name?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Does a different spelling alter the image of a name?

We’re not talking about kreeatif spellings here, but standard variations. For example:

• Would Ann of Green Gables have seemed like a slightly different character? (She passionately advocated for the e at the end of her name, claiming it made it “so much more distinguished.”)• Do you see Catherine as more classic than Katherine?• Is Isobel more exotic than Isabel?• Aiden more modern or American than Aidan?• Elisabeth softer than Elizabeth?• How about Susanna vs Susannah, Margo vs Margot, Mae vs May?

Any other examples you can think of where different spellings alter your perception of a name?

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About the Author

Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. You can follow her personally at InstagramTwitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.