you spelling, Hannah like "Hauna" to distinguish her from the millions
of other Hannahs out there? If so, you may want to choose a less common
name. Remember, Whether your daughter is Hauna, Hahna, Hanna, Hana or
Hannah, she still has a really common name. For
alternatives to common names click here.
Ways to Make A Kreatyvleigh
OK, you've read
all this, and you still like unusual spellings. Here are a few common
ways people change spellings of names. Who knows? Maybe your spelling
will become standard! After all, Kathryn is much popular than Catherine,
and Mikayla is the most common spelling of Michaela these days
1. Take out an "I"
and add a "Y"
This is a common way of altering spellings. But be careful, "y" often
looks like it should make a long "i" sound (like in Kyle, Tyler and Skye).
People will probably know that Bryttani is pronounced like Brittany, and
not like Brighten-ee, but sometimes it can be confusing.
People also use
the letter 'y' to replace a long "i," as in
The trickiest 'y'
replacement is when you want it to make a long 'e' sound (as in Kyra
and Lyric). Traditionally, the 'y' as long 'e' started in English to
replace a Greek letter when writing Greek words in the Latin alphabet.
in English, since 'y' in the middle of the word usually sounds like
a short 'i' (Allyson) or a long 'i' (Bryan).
2. Add an extra
Some people thinks
this looks fancy, and livens up an otherwise boring name. You can make
a "Y" emphasize the long "a' sound, as in:
Or to add a little
bit to names with an "ia" in them (made popular by the singer Aaliyah):
3. Fun with names
ending in the long 'e' sound
This is perhaps one of the oldest tricks in the book. Long before daycares
and Kindergartens were populated with Kaylis, Jaycies and Hailees, there
were Nancis, Sherris and Amis. The most popular endings are "i" "ee" and
"ie." We'll start with those.
You can also add
'-ey' to names ending with plain 'y' and take the 'e out of 'ey' names:
the older English spelling for Lee, can be used in names containing
"lee" "ly" or "ley"
4. K: The "J" of
the New Millennium
When I was growing
up, everyones' names began with J (Josh, Julie, Jennifer...) Today,
the letter 'k' is much more in vogue than any other, and it's much Kooler
than the plain old letter 'c.' This has been the case for as while,
as stores such as Kwik Fill and the Kleen Korner probably exist in your
town. K stands up and takes notice more than C. However, if your last
names begins with K, don't be tempted to use too many K names for your
Or, you can add
a "c" where a "K" would normally go. The trouble with this is that it
doesn't always work. (Kevin = Cevin? I don't think so!)
To get over the
"c" sounding like "s" problem, you can add another "c", or a "k," or
even 2 "k"'s...
5. Add an extra "h"
to names ending in "a".
Sarah and Hannah have
been excepted spellings of Sara and Hanna, probably longer than the non-'h'
spellings. Of course, this because the silent "h" on the end
actually stands for a Hebrew letter in the original Hebrew forms. However,
in this vein, many parents are following suit with other names. Be careful
what you add an "H" too, though. Some people may think you're trying to
alter the pronounciation. for example, I know a little girl named Annah.
When people see the 'h', they think her name should be pronounced "Onna."
However, her mother just liked the extra 'h', and pronounces it ann-a
(rhymes with banana).
Lots of names with
an 'a' in them can be pronounced 2 different ways. Take for example
the name Tara. Do you pronounce it like tair-a or like
tar-a? I've known people with both pronounciations. Most people
are militant about their pronunciations as well. Many parents have discovered
that by adding an 'h', it makes names more likely to be pronounced the
way they want. Tahra, for example, would most likely be pronounced
to rhyme with star rather than stair at first glance.
However, be careful that the "h" doesn't change the pronounciation.
For example, Kayhla might not look the same as Kayla at
You can also use an
"H" to separate syllables, a la Johanna. In German,
Johanna is pronounced /yo HAH na/, but in English, it is usually pronounced
like Joanna. This trend has been popularized more by the singer Rihanna.
6. Mess around with
The long 'a' syllable
is very trendy in the USA right now. Names like Katelyn, Kaylee, Jacob,
Caleb, Nathan, Taylor and others are topping the baby names charts.
Creative spelling-minded Parents are finding many ways to spell out
the long 'a' sound. The most common ways are: just plain 'a' (like in
Jada and Jaden), 'ai' (Aidan), 'ae' (Michaela), and 'ay' (Kayla).
The long 'a' sound
can also be made by "ei" and "ey". However, these combinations can also
be pronounced like long 'e' (Leila sounds like Leela) and long 'i' (as
in Maia). Be careful when using these combinations--they might mean
a lifetime of your child saying "KAYLA! K-E-Y-L-A. Not Keela, not Kyla--Kayla!"
7. Play with the
Many of today's names end in the 'n'. The sound before the 'n' best
represented by a schwa (or upside-down 'e'). However, to spare your
child the agony of learning this new letter, (any my computer doesn't
even have one on it) you can try a variety of letters to make this sound.
Just about any vowel will work. Ironically enough, even though the sound
is closest to a short 'u' (as in "up"), the 'u' is probably the vowel
that would work the worst in this position! Justun, Kevun, Karun, Kaylun?
See what I mean?
8. Add a Silent "E"
Silent "e"s certainly
make names look fancier. However, you know the old song "who can turn
a van into a vane, who can turn a man into a mane...it's elementary
for silent e..." Don't go too crazy, or you could change the whole pronounciation
of your child's name. For example, does Robin = Robine?
9. Replace an "s"
with a "z"
Z is certainly more jazzy and has more zip and pizzazz than its soft,
sleepy counterpart. Names like Zack, Zoe and Zane are climbing up the
charts. Why not add a Z to a few names that already have the Z sound?
10. Add or take away
Do you really need the extra 'n' in Jennifer? Would Alyssa look better
with two L's? Adding and taking away consonants is another common way
to alter the spellings of names. However, be careful--sometimes you
can alter the pronounciation as well. For example: Callie, Cali,
and Calie. Which one whymes with "tally"? which one rhymes with "Hayley"?
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11. Add a capital
letter in the middle
Many times people with compound names add a capital letter in the middle.
If you're using a surname with a Mc or a Mac, this is not such a big
deal. MacKenzie is just as recognized as Mackenzie. Some people string
together 2 names of people to make one name and capitalize the name
in the middle to show the two names. For example, I know a girl named
JoAnn. she was named after Grandpa Joe and Grandma Ann.
12. Substitute "Ph"
for "f" and vice-versa
After all, these both make the same sounds, why not? "ph" and "f" are
used for different forms of the same names in many languages already!
(like Raphael and Rafael)(see rule #4).
13. Add An Apostrophe
If a name begins
with the sound of a letter (as in Emily=Em (M), Deandre=Dee (D) etc.),
sometimes you can add an apostrophe in place of a vowel. Be careful,
though. Many computer forms will reject the apostrophe and will print
your child's name as Rriel instead of R'riel and K'lee becomes Klee,
which changes the pronounciation.
You can also use an
apostrophe if a name starts with a quick consonant sound. Some people
like to separate consonants with apostrophes as well. I think this second
method is a little confusing. After all, the purpose of an apostrope
is to replace a letter (i.e. don't=do not), but
hey, whatever floats your boat!
Putting it All
We don't advocate
using more than one spelling change rule per name, however, some people
do! Kreatyv Spellings such as Kaytelynne, Brytnee, Knicklaus, Dommenik,
Konnyr, K'saundra, and Alyxzandra have been recorded. So, have fun.
But remember, your child will spend his or her lifetime spelling the
name out for people!