Unique Baby Names

There are so many wonderful ways to make a baby name unique for your baby girl or boy. If you are looking for a unique way to personalise the name you've selected, consider an alternate spelling for the name. Whether it's Leigh instead of Lee or Anya instead of Anna, using a unique spelling can give a special twist to a more common name. Just remember: there's a fine line between and embarrassing -- and they are going to have to live with it the rest of their lives!

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If you love the idea of a traditional name but want something a little more unique, then choosing an alternate spelling might just be the way to go. Here are some different ways to re-spell your favourite baby name. Having said this, if you do decide to use unique spelling, do expect your child's name to be misspelled or mis-pronounced some of the time. It will be unique, but it comes with a bit of a price.

Take a cue from the Kardashians

Some names can easily be made unique by switching up the first letter or two, a la the Kardasians. Sister Kim may have a traditional spelling of her name, but her sisters Khloe and Kourtney have a unique twist with a 'K' instead of a 'C'. This works with some other letters like 'G' instead of 'J' as well.

Here are a few ideas:

Boy Names:

  • Cidney instead of Sydney
  • Felip instead of Philip
  • Gerry instead of Jerry
  • Gene instead of Jean
  • Kaleb instead of Caleb
  • Kalvin instead of Calvin
  • Kameron instead of Cameron
  • Kristopher instead of Christopher
  • Schyler instead of Skyler
  • Skott instead of Scott

Girl Names:

  • Aeryn instead of Erin
  • Catie instead of Katie
  • Christal instead of Crystal
  • Gennifer instead of Jennifer
  • Kaitlin instead of Caitlin
  • Karissa instead of Carissa
  • Karoline instead of Caroline
  • Kleo instead of Cleo
  • Phelicia instead of Felicia
  • Secilia instead of Cecilia

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Comments on "A new twist: Old baby name favourites"

Elke January 14, 2013 | 3:47 AM

I think it's a waste. For the rest of your life you'll have to explain, "No, it's Gennifer with a G. My parents thought they were being clever and unique." Give me a break.

Verandah December 24, 2012 | 12:43 AM

I think this is creative. I believe that creativity is what makes the world go around. Think - if there wasn't creativity, we'd all be drones.

Erin December 18, 2012 | 8:04 PM

this is horrible.. As a teacher I feel bad for kids whose parents do not know how to spell...

Missy December 09, 2012 | 9:49 AM

no need to ruin it people want uniquie names nothing wrong with that.

Me November 16, 2011 | 8:58 AM

l am so glad people feel the need to ruin the English language

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