i need different ways of spelling elise and levi. any suggestions?

Amber - posted on 02/14/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I am pregnant, dont know if its a boy or a girl yet, im picking out names and for a girl, elise, an boy, levi. but i want o spell them differently! any ideas?? im thinking alysse for elise. ??? i also need middle names!!! :) thanks

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Cynthia - posted on 02/14/2010

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When we were pregnant we looked to other countries for new ways of spelling names, but we also needed names that could be pronounced in 2 languages. Unfortunately not everyone is happy for example do you know how to say J'aime? You do if you know French or Spanish!!! We had fun looking for names and our children like their individuality because very few people have their names. Hope this helped...?

Emilie - posted on 02/14/2010

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My name is Emilie, pronounced like Emily. I hate always having to spell my name for people. My sons name is Dylan. I thought I was using the most common spelling for his name but people still misspell his name like Dillon. One time somebody spelled his name Dilland. Some people can be annoying sometimes. So I think you should use commom spelling's so the child won't always spell it name for people.

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As a grade school / primary school teacher I also suggest that you stick with spellings that represent the name. Don't mess with them too much otherwise the poor kid ends up having to spell their name ALL the time or having it mispronounced ALL the time.

Obviously totally up to you but for my 2 cents worth Alysse is a lovely way of spelling Alice... Just something to think about.

Abbie - posted on 02/14/2010

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Spell them so people can understand them! Thats my only advice! the other ladies have offered spellings

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Yes, yes, we know Cynthia. My name is often misspelled and mispronounced and it's not all that uncommon-it's the name of a Greek goddess, a princess, and a pop star. My son's name is often mispronounced, but that's because his name is Colin and people say it like the punctuation, like Colin Powell says his name, not with the traditional Irish short "o" sound. HOWEVER, less common names or names that are deliberately misspelled are more likely to be misspelled and mispronounced, and if there is already a common spelling of a name, it seems silly to alter it in a quest to be different-just pick a different name. Yes, to each their own-but the poster asked for opinions, and that's what we're giving.

Theresa - posted on 02/15/2010

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It's all a personal choice. Many ppl are looking for alternative spellings for names now to make the child unique. Remember the name doesn't make a child unique, their personality does. My name is spelled the old fashined way "Theresa", the kids in my generation didn't have the "h" in it. i remeber as a little girl being frustrated that I couldn't get barrettes, pencils, anything with my name on them because it was spelled differently. They offer a lot more differnt spellings of names on items like that now, and of course with internet you can order things with any spelling, but just something to think about. Maybe go to one of those specialty or novelty stores that sell all kinds of stuff with names on it and see if they offer items with alternate spellings of those names.

Cynthia - posted on 02/15/2010

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people even common names are misspelled all the time, like mine that I've had spelled many different ways. like I said before my children love their names but we told them why they where named and spelled the way their father and I desired (and yea there are some that don't like their names which seems sad to me). but in the end it's all up to you and your husband.

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I wouldn't change them. I think one of the mistakes people make when naming children is trying to be too quirky or original with spelling, then their child is saddled with a name that teachers and employers struggle to pronounce and/or spell. If you want a less conventional name then look in a baby book and find a less commonly used name-or use some variant spelling that is already common.

Lindsay - posted on 02/15/2010

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Honestly, all of these altered spellings just look awkward. The original spellings are nice and as many others have said, will cut down on mispronunciations and misspellings once they get to school and beyond. It's definately something to think about.

Krista - posted on 02/15/2010

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Don't mess with them too much -- the poor kid will have to go through life constantly correcting the spelling of their name. I would keep Levi as is, and maybe go with Elyse instead of Elise.

My husband's cousin named their boy Cameron, but they spelled it (get this) Kameren. He's going to be cursing her when he's older.

Gwen - posted on 02/15/2010

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What's wrong with Elise and Levi just the way they are? When you start messing with the spelling, no on ever knows how to pronounce the poor kid's name!

Tam - posted on 02/14/2010

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or aleece, alize aleese. i cant think of a way to spell levi different middle names i like lilly or lillian for a girl and im stuck on bible names for boys middle names like levi josiah or jacob

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