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    Default Bad idea to choose a baby name which can be spelt various ways?

    Hi all,

    Ok I'm throwing this out to the forum... because I'm completely torn! Hubby and I have decided on a boys name and a girls name which we really LOVE (we aren't finding out the sex). Anyway the girls name (we think) is so pretty, however it could be spelt various ways. Hubby doesn't think this is an issue, however I worry that if we have a girl, she will end up hating her name because she will have to continually spell it, or correct people - what do you all think?

    On one hand I think that people incorrectly spell even the simplest of names - my name is Sarah and I always have to say "with an h" and even names like Stuart (ua not ew) and Linda (i not y) have the same problem but on the other hand I worry - am I going to make my babies life more difficult from the onset? I should add that the name has a very obvious way it could be shortened at it starts with "anne"... but we don't love this shortened alternative (although I guess she could use it if she got older and was fed up).

    Thanks!!!

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    I have a name that needs spelling constantly, so annoying! I know a few people with the same name, mine has the odd twist and I hate it.

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    I don't think it's a big deal - as you said, people always get names wrong no matter how obvious you think it should be. I just automatically spell my name when someone is writing it down cos it saves them asking whether it's one L or two, etc.

    My DD's name can be spelt a few different ways, and pronounced two different ways too, it doesn't really bother me or DD - she accepts both pronunciations and just tells everyone how it's spelt.
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    I like my name but I hate that I always have to spell it. I also hate that there is a much more common pronunciation now, so it's usually said that way.

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    I think if you like the name, you should use it. Basically any name can be spelt different, I have seen Jane spelt Jayne and Lucy spely Lucey. My name is Joanne my Partne is Shay both names can be spelt various ways and my kids names can also be spelt different, it's insane! If you worried about hating the name because of it's spelling then just stick with the tradtional spelling or most common.

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    My name is not unusual and I have to spell it all the time.

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    I have a known name but no one ever spells it right. (Elle is my nickname) it can be very frustrating as I end up spelling it several times and people still get it wrong! Plus they often want an explanation of why it's spelt like that! I tend to use my nickname a lot as it's easier.

    On the plus side, in the fields I work in, no one has my name so it's well known and recognisable (lucky I do a good job haha) and when I was little, no one could steal my stuff as my name was on it and it could never be mistaken for something else. And I knew if my name was on something (pens, bracelet etc) that it was just for me as it'd have been specially made, not like now when you can pick up any old 'Kate' name on notepad etc.

    Always pros and cons but I do like my name/spelling most days haha.

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    I hate when my name is misspelt as I think my spelling is the most common spelling. I spelt dd's Lilly with two L's 1 L to me just wasn't enough and looked weird and I wasn't naming her for the flower as much as I like lilies. I sometimes think I hope she doesn't get upset later when she has to say 2 L's as its not the most common spelling

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    I have a name that is constantly spelt wrong and it annoys the hell out of me which is why I was cautious choosing my kids names.

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    My husbands middle name is Michael and he has trouble remembering if it's "ae" or "ea"! Sometimes you just can't win!


 

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