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  • I think there are different levels of unique names because some vary by a letter and some are literally just letters and I totally understand that being nonsense. 

    Alison or Allison
    Ashley or Ashleigh
    Haley or Hayley
    Katherine or Kathryn
    Keira or Kira (my niece is Keira and it is mispronounced)
    Eliza or Elyza (my friend is Elyza, mispronounced all the time)

    Are the names after the "or" consider wrong? I don't think so, they just vary by a letter. I think that's okay and even sometimes as most put it "correctly" spelled can be pronounced wrong. My name is spelled correctly and it is pronounced wrong almost 85% of the time, depends on where the person who is saying it is from. 

    Name your child what you would like or spell it uniquely but I would not get mad if a mispronunciation happens. When I was younger I would get annoyed and I had a nickname but now as an adult I just shrug it off because it happens almost regularly. That's the way it goes. I have my baby names picked out and for my girls names I have had others tell me my spellings are not "correct" and that's there opinion as this is my opinion. 
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  • I think there are different levels of unique names because some vary by a letter and some are literally just letters and I totally understand that being nonsense. 


    Alison or Allison
    Ashley or Ashleigh
    Haley or Hayley
    Katherine or Kathryn
    Keira or Kira (my niece is Keira and it is mispronounced)
    Eliza or Elyza (my friend is Elyza, mispronounced all the time)

    Are the names after the "or" consider wrong? I don't think so, they just vary by a letter. I think that's okay and even sometimes as most put it "correctly" spelled can be pronounced wrong. My name is spelled correctly and it is pronounced wrong almost 85% of the time, depends on where the person who is saying it is from. 

    Name your child what you would like or spell it uniquely but I would not get mad if a mispronunciation happens. When I was younger I would get annoyed and I had a nickname but now as an adult I just shrug it off because it happens almost regularly. That's the way it goes. I have my baby names picked out and for my girls names I have had others tell me my spellings are not "correct" and that's there opinion as this is my opinion. 
    I think if the name has multiple spellings due to multiple national origins, FINE, that is acceptable (example = Catherine / Kathryn)

    But if you spell it different just to be "unique" that is a different story (example = Lincoln / Lynkoln). The second defeats the purpose of naming the kid after a president.

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  • I think there are different levels of unique names because some vary by a letter and some are literally just letters and I totally understand that being nonsense. 


    Alison or Allison
    Ashley or Ashleigh
    Haley or Hayley
    Katherine or Kathryn
    Keira or Kira (my niece is Keira and it is mispronounced)
    Eliza or Elyza (my friend is Elyza, mispronounced all the time)

    Are the names after the "or" consider wrong? I don't think so, they just vary by a letter. I think that's okay and even sometimes as most put it "correctly" spelled can be pronounced wrong. My name is spelled correctly and it is pronounced wrong almost 85% of the time, depends on where the person who is saying it is from. 

    Name your child what you would like or spell it uniquely but I would not get mad if a mispronunciation happens. When I was younger I would get annoyed and I had a nickname but now as an adult I just shrug it off because it happens almost regularly. That's the way it goes. I have my baby names picked out and for my girls names I have had others tell me my spellings are not "correct" and that's there opinion as this is my opinion. 
    I don't consider the "leigh" variation valid. In most cases, "leigh" wouldn't be a "lee" sound, it would be a "lay" sound like in "sleigh".


    Generally speaking, if you are changing the spelling of a name to look "prettier" you are wrong.
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  • "The child is not getting a NN without his/her consent. If they are being called Nick it's because they want to be. No one just gives someone a NN and says "I'm going to call you this whether you like it or not."
    The above statement isn't entirely correct. I've had to make several trips to my sons' school because people are calling them everything but what they want to be called which is their actual name. My sons' don't have "weird" or "unique" spellings either, they are straightforward. Tommy and no not Tom or Thomas; he is named after his dad and his legal name is Tommy, but people insist on calling him Tom or Thomas. My other son is Nicholas, yet his teachers have started trying to work in nicknames such as: Nick, Nik, Nickie, and/ or Nicky. He likes to be called Nicholas. My point is, yes there are people who may feel like they can give your child a nickname.
    Also why is it anybody else's business how a stranger chooses to spell their child's name? Serious question and no my children's names aren't spelled all crazy they are simple names: Tommy, Nicholas Christian, Gabriel Andrew, Joshua Michael, Caleb Matthew. 
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  • Jackson nn Jack- Jaxon nn Jax
    I like Jax better ;;)

    I love the spelling Jaxson <3
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    As a receptionist, I have to say that unique spellings make me weep. I have only seen a couple of utterly bizarre ones I couldn't even being to parse, but please. Try to stick to the standard set of spellings.

    Having your name spelled wrong on paperwork and in computer systems is just annoying for everyone involved.
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  • "The child is not getting a NN without his/her consent. If they are being called Nick it's because they want to be. No one just gives someone a NN and says "I'm going to call you this whether you like it or not."

    The above statement isn't entirely correct. I've had to make several trips to my sons' school because people are calling them everything but what they want to be called which is their actual name. My sons' don't have "weird" or "unique" spellings either, they are straightforward. Tommy and no not Tom or Thomas; he is named after his dad and his legal name is Tommy, but people insist on calling him Tom or Thomas. My other son is Nicholas, yet his teachers have started trying to work in nicknames such as: Nick, Nik, Nickie, and/ or Nicky. He likes to be called Nicholas. My point is, yes there are people who may feel like they can give your child a nickname.
    Also why is it anybody else's business how a stranger chooses to spell their child's name? Serious question and no my children's names aren't spelled all crazy they are simple names: Tommy, Nicholas Christian, Gabriel Andrew, Joshua Michael, Caleb Matthew. 
    YES! I had so many people try to call me Lor or Laurie growing up, and it drove me nuts. Even after being told that that's not my name, they would continue to do it.
  • No, I was confusing reasonable posters with trolls. Apparently.
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  • BBaires said:

    No, I was confusing reasonable posters with trolls. Apparently.

    If everyone disagrees with you, you're the troll.
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  • Everyone wants to be creative and unique. I'm all for standing out but making it easy on people too. I grew up with an unusual name and for my whole life, nobody could spell it, say it or knew if I was a man or woman without meeting me! If you want more support on this and other pregnancy and baby issues, try preggie. It's fantastic and very supportive:

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    Unfortunately, I think most people who want to use creative spelling might not understand that.
    Wow i feel better now that somebody else said exactly what i was thinking.
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  • The Social Security Administration released 2014's most popular baby names today (how timely in light of this thread). While browsing through the list, I looked up some of my personal favorite names to discover their rankings. One name, "Camila," seems to be listed at #41 (pretty high up on a list of 1000 names); while the alternate spelling, "Camilla," is less popular at #364. I always thought the later version was the more common spelling of the name. This thread and the Social Security Administration's list now has me wondering what is the accurate spelling of that name? Any thoughts?

     

     

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  • The Social Security Administration released 2014's most popular baby names today (how timely in light of this thread). While browsing through the list, I looked up some of my personal favorite names to discover their rankings. One name, "Camila," seems to be listed at #41 (pretty high up on a list of 1000 names); while the alternate spelling, "Camilla," is less popular at #364. I always thought the later version was the more common spelling of the name. This thread and the Social Security Administration's list now has me wondering what is the accurate spelling of that name? Any thoughts?

     

     

    To my knowledge, they are two different names with different pronunciations. Camilla is pronounced with a short I sound (Cuh-mill-uh) and Camila is pronounced with a long E sound (Cuh-mee-luh).
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  • LizWhiz87, oh I see. I think you are correct. Kind of how Mila Kunis is pronounced but just with the "Ca" sound in front. Thanks for explaination.  

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    You all have too much time on your hands. Lol. I can't believe how angry and Defensive you all are over correct spelling, all my life I've had to correct people on how to spell my first and my last name, never bothered me, I doubt it will bother my child either.
  • ashhsa said:

    You all have too much time on your hands. Lol. I can't believe how angry and Defensive you all are over correct spelling, all my life I've had to correct people on how to spell my first and my last name, never bothered me, I doubt it will bother my child either.

    Well, just because your experience with your name didn't bother you, doesn't mean it won't bother others or your child. I had a pretty uniquely spelled first name and an uncommon, easy to misspell last name and no one ever spelled or pronounced either right, and it always bothered me. I got teased as a kid and I still get jokes about it today. I've grown to be comfortable with my first name (and I luckily married into a common last name!) but it is still annoying to have to spell it out/correct people every time. I just personally don't want to do that to my kid.

  • one thing im confused/curious about is how does a name come about to be correct, or a "real" name. seeing as for example: Jessica was first found in a william shakespeare play. that is the common spelling that he just came up with. so what makes that a real name as opposed to a name someone else comes up with?
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    I am so very torn on the issue of unique name spellings. Personally, my mother was ill after my birth and couldn't fill out my birth certificate which led to my father filling it out the best he knew how -Renay instead of Renee or another variation. I've only seen this done two other times in my entire life. When it was time for my sister to be named, the parents decided to phonetically spell her name as well. Her name is Mashell instead of Michelle. Yes, it's annoying when people misspell our names, but at the same time, I do enjoy having a name that is rarely seen.

    With that said, I do find myself rolling my eyes when names are spelled incorrectly just to be unique or just to include a more rare letter. In some instances it doesn't seem as bad to me as it does in other situations. I like names like Jaxon, but I hate names like You-Neek or other purposely ridiculous names.

    I guess what I'm saying is that small little variations don't bother me because language is constantly evolving, but I do draw the line with names that are blatantly outrageous simple for the fact of being outrageous and with the intention of raising an eyebrow or starting a conversation.
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    Omg I just found this thread and completely agree!!! When people try to get too "cutesy" with names and spell them funny it just irritates me so much!!! (So does giving a theme to all your kids names and using the same letter for the beginning of them all by the way). It's just over! Stop it! Normal is the new creative ;)

    That having been said my sister named my niece "Kelsi". :(
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  • I said this before on a different thread, but the general consensus on the "Baby Name" board seems to be, use actual names, traditional spellings, no nicknames as full names, nothing too trendy, no boys names for girls, etc. Yet in the birth announcements in the month clubs, the craziest and trendiest names are appearing. Is there no overlap between these boards? Wow!
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  • It is hard thankless work.

    Also ladies on the BMBS get nasty when you tell them a name is made up or unprofessional for when they are an adult.

    it's probably the same people who get nasty when teachers / doctors / other people who work with their kids mispronounce the name, or expect to see a boy and are surprised to see a girl. Like Jaymz means James, and is a girl. Or Ellyette

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  • bbiutmcph said:

    I said this before on a different thread, but the general consensus on the "Baby Name" board seems to be, use actual names, traditional spellings, no nicknames as full names, nothing too trendy, no boys names for girls, etc. Yet in the birth announcements in the month clubs, the craziest and trendiest names are appearing. Is there no overlap between these boards? Wow!


    Oh lots of us are on the BmBs but we "try" to give opinions when asked vs telling 99% of them they have terrible taste.
    It is hard thankless work.

    Also ladies on the BMBS get nasty when you tell them a name is made up or unprofessional for when they are an adult.
    I just think it's funny that they get so upset and defensive, yet their kid is going to have to deal with it for their entire life

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    mattandlora said
    We're not as close-minded towards other cultures as the post came across. 

    Yes, I am really only posting to the OP and to people who have commented on this post. This post was so prolific that it came up in my 'bump board feed'. I am usually a better lurker but felt that the many supporters of OP begged some counter argument. 
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