March 2012 Moms

Now I'm doubting our name choice...what do u think??

Be honest.  I can take it.  I've had a horrible morning of dodging tornadoes in Alabama...so if you critique my LO's name I will be OK. 

We decided to name her Savanna.  Savanna without the H on the end.  Mainly because I wanted to name her Vanna but DH wouldn't let me.  So we went with Savanna and we are gonna nickname her Vanna.  I just love the name Vanna.  I always have.  Since we are calling her Vanna I didn't wanna put the H in Savanna in case she starts going by Vanna in school and stuff.  Does that make sense?

(My husbands name is Van.  That's why I like Vanna and Savanna so much.  I know, I'm a dork. )

Now I'm starting to think we should put the H at the end.  But we already have so much stuff monogrammed.  And frankly, I would rather just change her name altogether before I put the H at the end.  (And plus, we've been calling her Savanna since 16 weeks...)  

My baby shower invitations went out last week and the hostesses spelled her name SAVANNAH on the invitation after I told them 6,000x it is SAVANNA! 

I'm so ill today.  What do yall think?   I know several girls named Savanna (no H)...but obviously, according to some people, it's dumb not to put the H at the end. 

Her name is Savanna Belle....I just like it better than Savannah Belle. 

 

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Re: Now I'm doubting our name choice...what do u think??

  • I think it doesn't matter what anyone thinks but you. And you don't want the H at the end. So don't do it. An H at the end of her name or not is really not that big a deal.
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  • I like the name and to me, it doesn't look weird without the h :)

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  • Sounds like a very Southern name!  I like it.  And I love that DH's name is Van...that makes it more special, IMO.  It sounds like you love the name and the spelling.  That's really all that matters.  Sure, people are going to misspell it.  Oh well!  It won't kill her.  DH is Erik and he gets Eric ALL the time, as well as occasionally Erick.  He doesn't care.  He just corrects people.  No big deal.

     I think you should stick with it.  And be careful...I'm from Memphis, but lived in AL for 9 years.  I've heard that the weather is awful! 

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  • I personally don't care for the name (or Vanna) but if it is what you love, then stick with it. Do you and DH have a runner-up that you were considering? I would either stick with Savanna (no H) or change it altogether.
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  • I am on the train of thought that it is your baby, and you should name her what ever you want. I don't think Savanna without the H looks bad at all, but that's just me. Now will you have people spell her name wrong? Yes. Just don't take offense to it. My name is Jennifer, but I go by Jenni...people have spelled my nn wrong my whole life. I get Jenny, Jeny, Jeanie, Jenie, etc. I don't take offense to it, because I know they know my name, and to me it isn't that big of a deal. If Savanna Belle is her name, and that is what you love than name her that.

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  • I agree w/Colleen.  An H at the end of her name is not a big deal.  I would just keep her name Savanna since you love it.
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  • I personally think it is fine with out an H. I think the whole name Savanna Belle is cute also. I wouldn't change it.
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  • Well I'm the unpopular opinion.  Having it spelled differently than the original spelling of Savannah is ultimately going to cause your daughter to have to correct EVERYONE.  Apparently you have already run into this with the invitations BEFORE she was even born.

    It will be mispelled EVERYWHERE.  Why do this to her?  Just because her NICKNAME will be Vanna?  

    Personally I wouldn't do it.  Too much heartache for her throughout life for really no reason. 

    ps I work in HR and deal with name issues ALL DAY LONG.  So it's a giant pet peeve of mine. 

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  • I like Savannah with an H. But do whatever you want - it's your choice.
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  • Love your name choice, I have a very good friend who names her Savannah (yes, with the H) as well. As a teacher I prefer children to have "normal" spelled names but as a soon to be mother who obsessed over my child's name, I say spell her name however you want.
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  • I personally like it better with the "h" on the end, but like PP said, it's not that big of a deal and you obviously like it a lot better without, so I'd go with that. 

    And keep safe in those tornadoes!  

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  • The word savanna could be spelled with or without the H.  It's just Savannah, Georgia that is spelled with the H at the end.  It's not like it's incorrect to spell savanna (as an ecosystem) without an h... so it's not MISSPELLED.

    The name is NMS at all, but if you love it, don't listen to anyone else about the H.  I think the H is a silly thing to be concerned with. 

    P.S. Hope you are safe after that line of storms!  I live in AL too, but we are far enough south that we were spared a lot of the destruction that seemed to hit farther north.

  • I like it with or without the H, it's very pretty :] 

    No matter how common the name..it will be spelled wrong. I have a pretty common name (Robin) & I get Robyn or Robbin all the time...really, it is no big deal to have to correct people. To say that OMG it is just such a life burden..seriously? It is not a big deal to me at all. Yes, I am sure many people scoff at my name choice for our LO & it's spelling..but DH & I love it, so that is what counts to me. We gave her a more common, easily spelt middle name, so if it is that big of a deal to her..she can always go by Emma.

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  • I disagree, it is a life burden to some.  Honestly Savanna/Savannah isn't that bad, I have seen MUCH MUCH worse.  But why burden them at all, really? 
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  • Like I said, even with my name I have still have people spell it wrong. I think it comes from people knowing someone/multiple people with a name spelt one way, so that is how they spell it for everyone. Even if I gave my LO the common spelling of "Riley", she could still have someone spell it Rylee/Reilly if that is how they see it in their head. If you name your kid "Jason", but the person filling out paperwork knows 5 people with the spelling "Jayson", that is probably how they are likely to spell it.
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  • image SassyRedhead:

    Well I'm the unpopular opinion.  Having it spelled differently than the original spelling of Savannah is ultimately going to cause your daughter to have to correct EVERYONE.  Apparently you have already run into this with the invitations BEFORE she was even born.

    It will be mispelled EVERYWHERE.  Why do this to her?  Just because her NICKNAME will be Vanna?  

    Personally I wouldn't do it.  Too much heartache for her throughout life for really no reason. 

    ps I work in HR and deal with name issues ALL DAY LONG.  So it's a giant pet peeve of mine. 

    I have a name that was very popular in the 60-70's but is spelled completely different than what everyone is use to seeing it as.  It never crossed my mind on how different it is and it has never bothered me. Yes everyone has to be corrected and I have to spell it out everytime I make an appt., reservation...and yet never experienced "heartache" from it. I think excluding an "H" in Savanna is no big deal.

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  • I am one of those people that have a name spelled a bit differently.  I spell my name with one "e" whereas the common spelling of my name in the states is with two "e"s.  I just smile and say, nope just one e! When I spell it for someone.  It's never bugged me or been a burden.  There are so many people that can't spell to begin wih, it's not a big deal to me when they spell it wrong.  Spell your kid's name the way you want. She will not have a terrible burden or complex because of a lack of an h!
  • I think Savanna is a beautiful name.  And people can suck it if they don't like the way you're spelling your little girl's name.  Also "Savanna" is a real spelling.  (http://www.babycenter.com/baby-names-savanna-4034.htm

    I'm Christen.  My name gets butchered: Kristin, Kristen, Christine.  It's not that big of deal to me.  I'm sure your daughter won't mind if people occasionally misspell her name.

  • Myself I would have spelled it with the H, however correcting people isn't that big of a deal.  I correct people every day how to spell my name, and frankly even with a common name people will misspell it.  Most the time it doesn't matter, if it on a form the person inputing your name should ask you spelling anyway and if its on your starbucks cup who the hell cares if they spell it wrong as long as the drink it right.  However if I realized I wanted to spell her name different I wouldn't care if I monogrammed things b/c the few items monogrammed mean a lot less than the actual name my child will carry for their whole life.
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  • Love the name, like it better with the h personally, but I wouldn't side eye either way.
  • I was about to come out for Savannah, since it's more common, and say that it doesn't matter whether the name ends in an H or not for the nickname (seriously - Jack has almost nothing to do with John, so I think that using or not using an H would be fine).

    But I looked it up on behindthename.com, which is one of the strictest name sites, and it agrees that Savanna is a variant of Savannah.  http://www.behindthename.com/name/savanna

    I'm firmly on your side, use whichever you want.  

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  • I like the name and the "h" really isn't a big deal.  But...everyone is going to spell it Savannah.  Her teachers, her employers, her friends.  And she is going to have to correct everyone.  I think it is hard because Savannah is already a city so it already has a "correct" spelling.    (You can still call her Vanna!)

    I have to correct everyone on the spelling of my name and you just get used to it.  I also don't correct people half of the time though because I am sick of it. 

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  • I also think its very pretty and very southern (Gone with the Wind type of southern)  Very lovely!  She will be spelling that name out for the rest of her life but its no biggie (I do it almost every day).  I feel like my real name is not just Karla but "Karla with a K" as I say that so often.  Smile Again, no biggie, just something you have to deal with and if you really love that name, I doubt you would be happier with anything else.  Just go with it girl!

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  • I am Kristin and my husband is Jon.  Both super common spellings but the second most common. Take is from me, add the h to the end. You will save her a ton of frustration down the road. People that I've worked with for 7 years still spell my name incorrectly and it drives me crazy!
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    I like the name and to me, it doesn't look weird without the h :)

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  • Personally I like the look of the "h" at the end of the name, but that's JMO.  I think even with the "h" she could go by Vanna.  If you like it, than stick with it.

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  • image SassyRedhead:

    Well I'm the unpopular opinion.  

    I agree. I love the name but spell it with the H. Everyone will automatically put the H on the end so save her a lifetime of correcting people.

    If her NN ends up being Vanna then she can spell that however she likes. Coming from an Elizabeth, I have had about 700 NN during my life, none chosen by me, and all spelled differently. Liza, Lisa, Lizzie, Lizzy, Betty, Beth, Betsy...

    If I saw Savanna on a form, I would honestly wonder if the computer cut off her name. 

  • I think if you like the name, go with it!!  My name is not spelled in a traditional way and I have been correcting people for years.  I did feel like it was somewhat of a burden when I was small because there wasn't much custom monogramming, etc. in the 80s.  However, I think it makes me even more unique.  Some of my friends even call me "Courtni with an I"

     We are naming our little girl Madeline....and several people have already commented that we are spelling it wrong.  Personally, I think the people who spell it Madalynn are the strange ones, but would never insult someone that way.  We are also spelling her nickname Maddi.  Several family members have complained that it is supposed to have an "e" on the end....However, ending girls names with an "i" is a tradition in our family.  I actually left the decision up to my DH, and he thought it would be neat for her name to be like mine. 

  • I don't think it matters either way. I obviously have a preference since we're naming our LO Savannah. ;-) But I think it's the same as choosing between Sarah or Sara. It's really your personal preference.
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  • As a teacher, I've seen so many students go through this, too. You just have to weigh how much you love the spelling vs. how patient you can be for the rest of her life with corrections.
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