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  1. #1
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    Guilty-pleasure SPELLINGS?

    Well, I love the name Zoe. It's a great name, with spunk and vivacity, and a good Greek backround. But lately I've been crushing on the spelling Zowie, even though my better sense would prevent me from ever using it : ) What about you all? Have any of you got a guilty-pleasure spelling?
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    I actually like the Zooey spelling even though some would pron. it "ZOO-ee" I'm sure

    I think the one that stands out the most to me is Genoveva... it's pronounced "Jen-uh-vee-va" (like Genevieve with an A at the end) but I don't think anyone would know how to pron. it from the original spelling. I think the original spelling is prettier but I've toyed with the idea of Jennaviva just to make it easier on the child with spelling/pron. issues.

    And... I like Kaitlin better than any other spelling (Kaitlyn, Caitlin, Caitlyn, Katelynn et c.) but I may be biased You're not alone!
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    Genoveva, Jen-uh-vee-va, Jennaviva - why not Genaveva?

    the e & i and J &G swap seem unnecessary. i guess you can be particular about the a versus o sound but it is minuscule.


    think people would have an easier time with the traditional spelling.
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    Zowie is the spelling David Bowie gave his son... little Zowie Bowie

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    Zowie rhymes with owie. Is that intentional?

    For me, the only time I would use an alternative spelling is if it makes the pronunciation more phonetic. I have a common name with an uncommon pronunciation, and it's caused a great deal of difficulty throughout my life. I love the name Esme, but if I used it I would spell it Esmay to prevent my daughter from experiencing the same frustration.
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