Spelling/Pronunciation issues

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Registered: 11-12-2008
Spelling/Pronunciation issues
Thu, 06-23-2011 - 10:35am

How important are ease of spelling and pronunciation to you?

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Registered: 07-15-2003
Thu, 06-23-2011 - 10:55am

I have a pretty common first name, yet some people STILL spell it wrong! :) It's even only 4 letters! I have a very uncommon last name and I spell it for people constantly and people always butcher the pronounciation. Yet, I've never minded at all, even as a younger child. I love my name, I'm proud of it, and I was always happy to 'teach' a new person to spell or say my name. So really I think people should sometimes worry less about the 'burden' of a difficult to pronounce or spell name.

You also never really know where life will take you, or your children. My family spent a chunk of my childhood in a different country so my popular, common, American name suddenly became unique and difficult to pronounce and spell. Same thing when I studied abroad in college.

I want to choose a name I love for my children and I want to choose it thoughtfully.


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Registered: 09-15-2007
Thu, 06-23-2011 - 3:31pm

I grew up with a name that was ALWAYS mispronounced (Katja) and I have absolutely never minded, even as a child.

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Registered: 08-24-2006
Fri, 06-24-2011 - 12:19am
As the mother of an Allison - spelled the MOST common way there is! - I believe that every name will be misspelled (or depending on the name mispronounced) by someone!!!

If I love a name I'll go with it. Then I go with the most visually attractive spelling to my eye. I prefer Allison to Alyson or Alison (only 1 L.) All other versions just don't look COMPLETE to me.

On the other hand, I LOVE the name Everleigh but can't stand the spelling Everly - it just doesn't look complete to me. Plus I don't see Everleigh as KreAtiVe spelling because I don't think it's technically a "real" name to begin with and Leigh is a legitimate spelling of "ly" or "lee"

When you start adding letters for the heck of it that's when I get annoyed. My niece had a bday invitation from a girl who spelled her name really weird. I wanna say it was "Peighteyn" or something to that extent. It was handwritten and took me about 5 minutes of staring at it before I went "OH! Her name is Payton, right???"

Also, growing up as a Caroline, I spent most of my life correcting the pronunciation from "Carolyn" to "Caroline" (add in my 10 letter long German "Schu" last name and you can see how things went! LOL) That said, I LOVE my name and I'm glad that my sisters got "stuck" with Emily and Katie, leaving my more unique name to me!
- Caroline

* Wife of Eric (July 28, 2007)

* Proud Mommy of Allison Kathleen (April 14, 2007)

* Expecting another BABY GIRL on September 16, 2011

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Registered: 01-26-2005
Fri, 06-24-2011 - 8:45am

I wouldn't purposely choose a name that's hard to spell & pronounce, but it wouldn't stop me from using a name either.