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Q&A: Unique name spelling for baby name?

Is it a bad idea to give my baby a common name with a unique spelling? I want to go with the names I love but I don’t want my kids to be just like everyone else, I’ve gone with unique spellings. Is this a bad idea?

Re: Is it a bad idea to give my baby a common name with a unique spelling? I want to go with the names I love but I don’t want my kids to be just like everyone else, I’ve gone with unique spellings. Is this a bad idea?

The Bump Expert

I personally never had any issue with my name. It’s pronounced "Sarah", but is indeed spelled "Sareh." There was apparently some conflict between my parents and all the grandparents regarding my name choice. They all settled on Sareh, but my mom wanted to make sure it was distinct, so she threw in an "e" for good measure.

The "e" never bothered me as a kid. I often thought I was special because it was different and unique. I loved when new people saw it and commented on the creative spelling -- I always felt very artistic... as if I had actually named myself! I did have to deal with many teachers mispronouncing my name as Sar-eh, but that wasn’t terribly bothersome and I rarely cared.

The only truly frustrating experience I had was when I went to college and began sorority recruitment. It was a six day event and each day I was presented with a new name tag. Every single day my name tag had the wrong spelling -- SARAH. No "e"! I continued to correct the spelling and the recruiters continued to "correct" me. They thought I was misspelling my own name! Even as I type this my name is being called out with spell check and the red squiggle is highlighting it to be corrected. These, however are minor nuisances.

So, I say go for it! I grew up being comfortable with my name because it’s all I knew. Children whose names are spelled differently may have to bypass the rack of knick knacks etched with more common names, but you can always present them with a set of pencils or other present with their names painted on the side, which is what my parents did. While my sister, Caroline, received generic items with her name emblazoned on the sides, I received customized items -- who wouldn’t feel special?

--Nest Sareh

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I would say that the unique spelling sends two messages--one that it is different and it leaves the person seeing it to wonder if the child's parents didn't know how to spell the name. I think it also puts too much emphasis on the child's name, which is not very important, really. After all, I don't meet new people named "John" or "Jane" and think, wow, they really have suffered to have a common name. I think about who they are and what it is like to interact with them instead. The emphasis on being different really seems to speak to an insecurity--a need to force people to see your child as unique and special...

ckadleck |

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ckadleck, I agree with you on this one. As a teacher, I meet a lot of parents who think their children are "special." Don't get me wrong, kids are great and parents who love them are even better. However, the idea that their kid is better than everyone else and deserves special treatment is frustrating and annoying to the rest of the world. Now, I'm not saying that naming your child something unique necessarily means you feel this way. However, it can be taken that way by others. Why do you think celebrities name their babies the ridiculous names they do? Because they think they're better. Enough said.

JocelynP |

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My name doesn't have an unusual spelling, but it's a double first name, and I've spent my whole life gently correcting teachers, colleagues, banks, etc. who spell it wrong. I have to spell my name out every time I order something by phone, or RSVP for a professional event. The two parts of my name are fairly common, but it's been a pain in the rear to deal with an unusual name. (The second part is Anne. There are few days that go by when I don't have to explain to someone that there's a space between the first part and the Anne, Anne is capitalized, and has an "e" on the end of it. This takes time and patience I don't always have.) Please, think about what sweet little Breuklyn or Alisen will have to deal with when she's applying for jobs before you decide on a unique spelling.

formossissima |

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My name is Zoe and growing up I always had to correct people in the pronounciation (most would say "Zo"). It wasn't until about 10 years ago that the name became popular and more mainstream. I understand what it means to have to constantly correct people, but on the other hand I would rather name my child something that doesn't appear on the top 100 baby names list. Some people go crazy trying to come up with unique spellings that nobody but them can understand and to me that's a little much, but a name that's no-so-common is nice.

Lolas_mommy |

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Just think about why you are choosing the name/spelling. Is it because that unusual name has a special meaning to you, or is it a cultural reason to spell an 'ordinary' name in a different way? If so, then go for it. However, if the only reason you want to change the spelling of a name so that it will stand out and impress people, you may want to think about it again.

chelserin |

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Personally, I think naming a child a common name with an uncommon spelling can be good and bad. I know what it is like to have a common name with an uncommon spelling (Brittnye) and growing up it was sometimes cool and most of the time a pain in the butt. It was annoying having people ask ME if I spelled MY name wrong, like I was dumb and couldn't spell my own name! And it was annoying having atleast 2 other girls in my class with my name. And when I was younger I hated when people, like my teachers, would say "Brittnye with an N-Y-E" to distinguish me from the others when they called on me in class. And I also had the joy of people calling me "Britt-Nye the Science Guy", which when I was younger really bothered me. But when I got older I liked the unique spelling of my name, cuz I figured if my parents had to name me something so common, atleast they got creative. And the "Britt-Nye the Science Guy" that bothered me so much as a kid over time got shortened to "Britt-Nye" in high school by my friends and it didn't bother me. It was just my nickname. You just have to think about what your child will have to deal with when you choose a common name but a unique spelling.

musicbabe1986 |

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I dont think its a bad idea. You can Give them a unique spelling while have the name still spelt as it's sounds, My nephews name is Michael, but my sister spells it Mykol. Its all in preference, but i dont think its a bad idea,

Mommy0f2 |

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Yes, it is a horrible idea. The child will have to spell their name every time they give it for the rest of their lives. Call the insurance company later in life... hello, this is arron. Yes, that is arron with two r's. HORRIBLE!

rsilberh |

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People will most likely think you don't know how to spell. Or that your child doesn't. This is not a good thing. I have a fairly uncommon name and hated it as a child, but it least it was spelled normally and now I'm happy not to be one of many. Please do not do this to your child.

happy_family |

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I'm all about unique spelling, I'm naming my daughter Peighton, rather than "Peyton" or "Payton" its original and I've never seen it before. I say, go for it.

babysouthworth25 |

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My name is Amy which is neither an uncommon name or an uncommon spelling, but I remember being absolutely devastated as a child when I went to the store and couldn't find the pencil, mug, etc with my name on it. A name with a unique spelling is almost definitely going to fall into this category. It's not a bad idea, but your child will have to go through their whole life spelling their name for everyone all the time.

AmysMelody |

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Go for it! I have a fairly common name and I still have to spell my name because people spell it many different ways - Alisha, Alicia, Elisha, Alisia, etc. I couldn't find things with my name on them as a kid (or if it had my name it was spelled differently). I was disappointed at the time, but I got over it. No devastation. I like my name.

asmith1908 |

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Each child is special, not because of their name, but because of who they are. Teylore for Taylor isn't special. Rammen is cultural so that's neat, it's part of his heritage. Kelleeanne is weird. Too many vowels. Teach your child to be a good person: kind, giving, intelligent, and empathetic. This is more important than a weird spelling for a name.

billina16 |

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I loved the name Layla. But I couldnt bear my child having the same name and spelled the same. So I spelled it Leighla! It works out for both of us.

bdtlb21 |

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They're a baby, not a Gucci bag. They are individuals in their own right and not because you give them a traditional name with warped spelling.

marneelynn |

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karma

keisaburton |

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I'd rather have a unique name than a unique spelling. You & your children will forever have to spell the common-but-uncommonly-spelled name aloud when people ask for the name. This could become annoying. Also, if you give an uncommon spelling for a common name, expect people to give monogrammed gifts with the traditional spelling. They won't mean any harm by it, so don't be offended or surprised if this happens.

HBetzel |

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Name your child what YOU and your mate want to name the child.... It's the person that they become that will make them unique.. not their name.

go2erika |

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A name does not make a child unique, his/her personality does. I had this conversation with a friend who likes uncommon and misspelled names the other day. I asked her why she likes them and she said "because I want my child to know that I actually took time in deciding on a name for him/her. And when people ask what his/her name is, I want them to say 'wow, that's different!'". Every parent takes time in deciding on a name for a child, no matter if it's common or not. Parents don't just throw out names and hope it sounds good. And the second reason just sounds attention-grabby, and "tricking" people into thinking "that kid has a unique name, (s)he must also be a unique and special person!". I have an uncommon name and people always ask me how to spell it. It gets rather annoying. And the mispronunciations, too, that's very annoying. I love my name, and I like how uncommon it was because it was always exciting when I did meet someone with my name (very rare), but changing the spelling of a common name doesn't really change the fact that your child will also have to go by his/her last initial in school because someone else in the class has that name. If you must give your child something unique and special, go with an uncommon name with the right spelling, not a common name with a wrong spelling.

danseusefrancaise |

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My name is Erin. Spelled normally. Do you think people spell that right? I have to spell my name out or they use the boy's spelling. I don't think it really matters.

eringilding@yahoo.com |

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Don't do it. Not only will no one know how to spell your child's name, they will also think you are a terrible speller. There are plenty of unique names, choose one.

zephyrg |

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Name them what YOU want to name them... My name is Deana (pronounced Dena) and I've also had to deal with people telling me that my parents didn't know how to spell- All that means is that these "people" saying that are close-minded idiots. Sure, there were times when it was easier to allow someone to mispronounce my name rather than correct it yet again, but at least my mother thought outside of the box and gave me something with personality...I'm grateful for that. Just know when the draw the line- be creative but don't make it something that they will hate you for (Apple?!?) My husband- with the boring name of Jason and I are in the process of deciding on a name right now and leaning towards Drake...it can't get butchered in the pronunciation, but there's also not going to be any other Drakes in his classes....Keep it different but practical!

De98D |

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I love the idea. I'm naming my son Jacen sounds like Jason but spelled differently. I'm going with Jace for short.

vmaiden |

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As a teacher, I will say it is frustrating for me not to be able to pronounce names. But in that case, I usually just ask the student. It is always so funny to see them light up whenever I do spell their name right on the board or papers. However, my mother and husband have normal spelled differently, and they agreed they were traumatized as children because they could never find things with their names on them. Those personalized license plates for kids' bikes or magnets never had their specific name. When it comes down to it, it is your call. You have to do what you want to do.

Faughn |

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Every parent wants a unique name for his or her baby coz your child is unique and the most treasured gift God could ever give. So to me it is a good idea

kamoyofaith |

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If you want a unique name, pick a unique name. Having the same name as everyone else but throwing in a couple of silent "igh's" does not make it unique. It makes you as the parent look really desperate to stand out but so badly want to fit in at the same time. Your child is the only one who suffers. So if you are going for the unique factor...make it count. Not just common but can't spell.

ashleycheatham |

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A little girl at the daycare I worked at was Abby Gail. Named after both grandmothers, but it looked like the mom didn't know how to spell Abigail.

Mamawillis |

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I think this is a bad idea because for the rest of their life they will have to spell their name to everyone. It also looks a little trashy.

mdoggg |

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My name has an unique spelling, Lara and I have loved it all my life. I named my son Logan and my daugther Kara. Go with your heart to name your children.

babyhuey11 |

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I just don't see the point in having a common name misspelled. If your kid is Mykol with it pronounced Michael, it's still the same name!!! Make up your mind and either pick a traditional name or don't!

Mommy2Ciara2007 |

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my husband and his ex decided to spell their kids names with a y in them so they are Austyn and Eryka. my two kids have double letters so also a different way of spelling they are Arianna and Leeland. Now i am having another girl and she will be Edynn (eden). Anytime i take Eryka somewhere people say what a beautiful name she has, my theory is if they cant look at it and read what it says its hard like my friend who has a son khannar (connor). Just realize if your gonna spell them differrently be patient with people if your the nit picky type who gets annoyed i wouldnt do it. My name is Mandi and i always have to say Mandy with an I.

AnLeMamma46811 |

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It's a good idea! I gave my baby a name with a unique spelling!

jacjac20052001 |

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bentley

lisamarie123456 |

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No I dont think it is! We are having a boy and naming him Dakoda, instead of Dakota, my husbands family had stuff to say about it, but I think unique spellings are cute!

Sparks14 |

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I'm all up for ordinary names with unique spellings, but make sure that when your child goes to apply for jobs and such, the name will be presented in a positive manner. If you decide against the ordinary name with unique spelling, might I suggest choosing a classic name that is uncommon in today's time. If we were having a little girl, I liked names like Annabelle, Felicity, etc. For our little guy, I liked the thought of last names as the first name. We've decided on Carter. I thought it was unique (I haven't met a child with the name Carter before).

CartersMommy11 |

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no

carried1105 |

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Agree, common names become very uninteresting after a while. I like the idea of unique names or unique spellings. Most likely a better choice as these days its become a trend setter, I believe parents must be very comfortable. Nice to have more than one name to feel happy about for the baby.

veenadoraisamy |

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Go for it. My name is JeNeal, and the traditional spelling is Janeal. My mom was sixteen years old. She spent hours spelling my name in a way that looked pretty on paper. So what? I was constantly getting into trouble with my teachers for misspelling my name on purpose, but I rather like how my name looks on paper, thank you very much. Don't listen to the judgemental folks. They are far too critical when they get that negative over a simple unique spelling of a traditional name. At least you aren't going with an extremely outlandish name.

jolsen74 |

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Personally, I think it's silly. The only time it's "unique" is when someone sees it on paper. Spelling Madison as Madysyn or Kayla as Kaielahh will make no difference when the name is called on the playground. 17 little girls will still all turn around. It only makes life more difficult!

Caru959 |

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Think about the child as an adult. I would hate to have to spell my name outloud everytime I opened an account because the spelling is unique.

danatdana |

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No, My name is spelled very different than most people whose name is spelled Lindsay.

Lynner1016 |

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Many names already have multiple spellings, even the most common names. Mine is Katie, but I discovered since moving to the South, most people around here spell it Katy. So I end up correcting people all the time. My name's not even unique! I would say a unique spelling of a name is just fine as long as it doesn't make it more difficult to pronounce, because we all end up spelling it out anyway.

rose0229 |

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how you spell your child's name has nothing to do with whether they're "like everyone else". trendy, made-up spellings of classic names look desperate. sorry.

frenchsc |

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I live in Utah and EVERYONE feels the need to do this. I am completely agaisnt it. I have seen people name their kids Ryleigh, Wynter, Dayvonna, Lierick (Lyric FOR A BOY!), Jamy (Jamie)... My name is Hayley and people think thats weird here. Hayley is one of the original ways to spell it but there are so many Hailees and hayleighs and Haileys... even one girl I went to school with was named Heileigh. The first day of school some of my teachers would try to attempt to call roll but it being so impossible to pronounce most names, she would just go down the isle and have us mark off our own attendance! I am anti weird spellings. And its just that, WEIRD.

hayleyanachronism |

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I went through school having to correct people constantly because my name is spelled Kristyn. I even won an award in Middle School and had to give it back and explain that my name was spelled incorrectly on it, then wait a month for my new plaque. I was VERY shy and it bothered me to correct adults so most of the time, I just left it as Kristin, Kristen, or Krystin, etc. It was also pronounced as Christine more often than you'd think. Annoying. My parents wanted me to be "different." I was already "different" and "special" I didn't need my name to scream it. It was also devastating not be able to have key chain, pencils, etc with my name on it and still is today. Also my brother's name is Alec and he was and still is constantly called Alex even after people are corrected. Alec is a real, proper name, but apparently unheard of by a lot of people. My mom used to say "Alec like Alec Baldwin" and soon realized she hated comparing her baby to a celebrity. Your kids will be different and special no matter what, they don't need their names to say it.

Aric&Kristyn |

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I'm Ashlee and my husband is Randal we are always correcting the spellings of our names. Who would have thought one letter would be such a pain. We constantly get mail for Ashley and Randall. We plan to name our little girl Adalyn Grace; so I'm sure we will get plenty of notes for Adalynn but oh well.

qd314 |

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My name is Carley which is different without being extreme. Not like Carleigh.

cantloseheart |

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My name is Kaitie - yes, it has an extra i (I'm actually a Kaitlin, not Katherine). It always throws people off, until I explain what it's a nickname of, and then it makes sense. I like it, and I just got over people ALWAYS spelling it wrong. But it's not THAT different from the typical spelling, so it's not a huge deal. The company I work for does school photography, so I see a LOT of names on a daily basis, and let me tell you, there are some WEIRD names out there. Sometimes unusual spellings are interesting, but some are so completely out in left field that I wonder if mom was still medicated when she made that decision. I think it depends on how common the name is and how off the spelling is. When you or friends or family speak to your child and use their name, the spelling isn't going to effect the pronunciation. But it will add some tiny inconveniences as they get older (Personalized pencils for school or souvenirs from family vacations? Not with an unusually-spelled name! Lots of misspelled yearbook messages from classmates who don't pay attention... Little things like that). I almost think it's better to make the child feel unique by having a name that maybe won't be shared with 3 of his or her classmates, than to spell a more familiar name differently.

Kaitie910 |

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I say you spell your baby's name any way you want to. just don't be super sensitive if people mispronounce it.

ecl54321 |

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Personally, it makes the parent look like they didn't know how to spell and that they didn't care enough to take the time to research how the name should be spelled. I would not take a normal/common name and change the spelling. It only causes confusion and doesn't look professional when they are adults.

sunnyd667 |

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i hate having names that are spelled "differently". i for one don't have a common name AND its spelled differently. My parents named me Polet, but its pronouced Paulette. Growing up teachers ALWAYS misprounced my name, which lead to kids picking on me. In high school, my french teacher took matters into her own hands and changed the spelling of my name to Paulette. At the time I didn't care just to get her off my back but now as a professional I have a identity issue. To colleagues and other professionals in my industry, i'm known as Paulette. To my friends and family i'm known as Polet. I like the originality of my name but its caused so much bouncing around for me in my life and confusion in my friends and family as to what is my real name. I say keep it simple, stop playing around with peoples names. I'm going to name my child David, not Dayvid or Dyveed. No one cares about creativity when you're trying to be a successful business person. Its only cute between the ages of 0-5.

paulette1979 |

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my name is Staci...with an "I". My name is not uniquely spelled, but its not the common way either. I ALWAYS have to correct people. It is also hard to buy souvenirs because it is NEVER spelled that way. :) Do your child a favor and keep it simple.

stacsterECU |

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My name is commonly uncommon and surprisingly unique. Jessie. That's is, not Jessica, and there is an i before the e. I guess because it is my name I never thought of it as terribly uncommon or unique because it is not Jessica.. but I would get upset when it was not spelled right. When people didn't add in the i. And I also really hated it when I was called Jessica. I guess because my mother told us that she named us what she was going to call up and did not give us the formal name so she could shorten it for a nick name. Phil, Jessie, Allie.. that is what who we are, and if that was not odd enough My brother and I did not get middle names..something we felt we needed to rectify for our sister and thus Allie got a middle name, but then she hates that she got one where we didn't. The point is, everyone is going to have a problem with the name you choose except, hopefully, you. Your child will ask you why you didn't just name them something non-confusing, people will look at you strange and think you are some 'weird hippy'. What I learned from my mom is that I don't think I can abide naming a child a formal name simply because I want to call them the shortened name. If you want to call your child Peg or Peggy then why are you naming them Margaret.. Just name them Peggy or Peg. I have joked around enough time that I wanted to rename myself to Jess for my first name and then give myself the middle name of Ica.. so that the people who CONSTANTLY call me Jessica can at least be sorta right. Jess Ica.. haha

jgrahn |

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These days "common" names are uncommon. I work in two elementary schools, and there are almost NO students with "common" names, and if they have a common name it is spelled wrong. I say that a "common" or traditional name is the way to go, spelled correctly. I want my kids to stand out for who they are, not for the strange name or spelling that their father and I picked out. A lot of names are out the window so to speak for my husband and I because I work in education and have a lot of associations already with certain names. We have talked about some traditional/old-fashioned names that most people don't use anymore but have special meaning to us. In the end, they may stand out in the sea of Jayden, Jaden, Aiden, Aden, Addison, Emerson, Emma, etc. I guess whatever you feel is right, do it. Every parent's intuition should guide them.

llars924 |

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I don't like unique spellings. As a teacher, I especially don't like it! Most teachers will tell you the same thing! Also, a lot of "unique" spellings aren't even correct. I think it's just confusing for the kid and everyone they meet. Now if it could be i, i.e., or y, that's not a big deal. But at least spell it so it's easy to pronounce!

rjemerson |

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I think many parents like the idea of "unique" spellings and names because they like the idea of being just that.. unique. However, the pursuit of being unique is the new normal. It's now rare to see a child's name that is traditional, let alone spelled traditionally. We are expecting a boy in November. While discussing names, my husband and I were both under the agreement we want 1) a very boy name that is 2) timeless and 3) spelled traditionally/phonetically correct. It might seem "boring" to some, but at the end of the day, it's up the parents. If you absolutely love a name, be it "unique" or traditional, go for it. You're the ones who have to love it for the foreseeable future!

imagine6 |

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Before you do, think ahead five years to when your baby's in kindergarten and is learning to spell his/her name...if it's a complicated or unusual spelling, he/she might be in for a struggle! And as a teacher, I can personally vouch for the difficulties others encounter when you mispronounce an unusual spelling of a common name; some kids get highly offended if I don't pronounce their name right (even if the spelling defies all laws of phonics). I understand that parents want their baby to feel unique and special, but there are other ways to go about doing so without setting them up for a future of highly creative misspellings from banks, credit card companies, schoolmates and the like.

summermagnolia |

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I have a uniquely spelled name, Lyndsay, and I am completely indifferent about it. I don't feel like its part of my identity or what makes me special. Most people will never know that I, or your child, has a unique spelling as we typically introduce ourselves verbally. It will most likely be misspelled constantly as others have mentioned, I know I deal with this issue. That being said, I do like the way it looks and how it feels to sign my name. So if you just simply like the way looks to spell a name differently, then go for it. It really isn't a burden as some imply to have your name misspelled or mispronounced. Try writing the names you like, along with middle and last, in cursive and print, and see what looks the best on paper based on how it's spelled. Best of luck!

lkirby85 |

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I love playing with the spelling of names! My name is Brook... most people spell it with an E at the end.... my first born i didn't think about the spelling... Alexandra Lenai. My second is Khloe Jean instead of Chloe. If this one is a girl... which i'm feeling it is.. she will be named Destynie Rae. If its a boy his name will be Steeler Ray.

Mamacita76 |

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I spell all my kids names differently. Everyone still gets their name correct and loves the spelling Cadence my baby's name is Kayedence. My mother's middle name is Kaye. I incoporated that into her name. Jazzlyn is my second baby girl's name and everyone gets it correct and says its very pretty. Now im on baby number 3 and im undecided on this little girl's name however I HAVE MY BOYS NAME picked... just waiting for a boy already! I have chosen Hadley: Spelled Hadleigh or Hadlee. Myla- I love the way its spelled as it is but I also like Mylah. I am torn between the two and I am starting to second guess my little girl to be's name.... I love unique names and need help!

jgonzo |

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As an educator, I strongly discourage "creative" spellings. Your child will be explaining their name for the rest of their life, which is a nuisance to them - I've even seen it lead to tears when a student has spent all day explaining themselves. I've seen a lot of "creative" names that look more like the parents are illiterate and unaware of phonics, rather than that they were trying to be cute. Studies have shown that obscure names can impact a child's school performance, college acceptance, and landing the job that they want. I don't think it's worth it. I have some friends who gave up on their first names because they're parents went with a different name/spelling, and they now use their more normal middle names in daily life. Foster your child's personality and talents to make them unique, rather than trying to pin all of their "specialness" on a name.

cstuart07 |

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I dont think its a bad idea. You can Give them a unique spelling while have the name still spelt as it's sounds, My nephews name is Michael, but my sister spells it Mykol. Its all in preference, but i dont think its a bad idea,

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Q&A: Unique name spelling for baby name?

Unique spelling is a great idea, especially for those names that you see everywhere. Just make sure that the name isn't too far-fetched, because certain spellings like Gesciqa (Jessica) can get out of hand. :-)

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Q&A: Unique name spelling for baby name?

Yes. You can. There is no mistake on name. I think you are trying to be a creative women. I hope you will be happy with your baby. sunrise homes for sale

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