Alternative Baby Name Spellings
After months of searching, deliberating and deciding, you’ve finally chosen a name for your baby only to find your neighbour/cousin/best friend’s sister have got in there before you and given their child the same name!
Perhaps you’re just after something a little more unique and unusual? Or maybe you like the sound of a name but hate the way it’s spelt?
Well we’re here to help. Something as simple as changing or adding a few letters can unleash a new found love for a name and add that personal touch.
Alternative spelling’s we’re already familiar with include:
However unconventional changes to the names have become more popular with parents thinking of creative ways for their child’s name to stand out from the crowd.
We’ve put together a list of alternative spelling’s based on 2015 trending names so far that will give a touch of individuality to an already trending name.
Amelia – Amelya, Amellia, Emelia
Emily - Emili, Emilee, Emileigh
Amelie – Ameley, Ameli, Amelee Ameleigh
Lily – Lilly, Lileigh, Lili, Lilee, Lilie
Ava – Avah
Ivy – Iveigh, Ivi, Ivee
Sophia- Sofia, Sophya
Poppy – Poppi, Poppie,
Rosie – Roseigh, Rosy, Rosi, Rosey
Leila – Laila, Lailah, Layla Leyla
Charlie - Charley, Charli, Charlee
Jack- Jak, Jaq
Finn – Fynn, Phinn
Rory – Roreigh, Rori, Roree
Alfie – Alfee, Alphee, Alfeigh
Freddie - Freddy, Freddi
Jacob - Jaycob, Jakob
Harry – Harreigh, Harri, Harrie
Thomas – Tomas
Henry – Henri, Hennry
If the name you‘re looking for isn’t listed there are some general rules of thumb that you can apply or play around with:
Add or remove consonants within the name, H is a good one for this e.g Mia - Miah & Joshua - Joshuah
- Replace vowels with consonants, I with Y, S with Z and CK with X works well
e.g Jackson – Jaxon &
Corinne – Corryne
Play around with names ending with an ‘E‘ sound, IEGH, I, EE, and EY, are all popular replacement endings e.g
& Harley - Harleigh
One thing to bear in mind however is the fact that an unusual spelling may lead to misspellings by others, it could get quite annoying for your child having to spell your name out endless times! It’s also worth considering why it is you want to change the spelling as this will add more meaning and help your child connect to the name later on in life.
If you have any more alternative spelling suggestions we’d love to hear about them in the Bounty Community.