Baby Names with Unique Spellings: What Do You Think?

I just LOVE baby names. Whenever my friends get pregnant, the first thing I ask is if they have a name picked out yet.

I appreciate well-thought-out names, and names picked for special reasons. I also appreciate a good uniquely spelled name every now and then.

It’s all the rage to switch up some lettering nowadays, and everyone seems to have a really strong opinion on the matter. After looking around, I picked out some of the best uniquely spelled baby names and discovered some simple rules for you if you want to add some spice to your favorite name.

What do you think? To spell uniquely or not?

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Alys


    I LOVE this version of the common spelling of “Alice”. It is dainty, unique, and not too over the top.

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Rylie


    Riley is a pretty playful sounding name already in my opinion but I think switching out the “y” for an “ie” makes it even more so.

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Kayleigh


    I’m not a huge fan of the old English “leigh” but on some names, it just looks lovely. I like this version a lot.

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Kody


    I think swapping in a “K” instead of the more traditional “C” in the name Cody is a cute but not too crazy way to make this name stand out.

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Jaxon


    I am a huge fan of names with the letter “X” in them. I don’t know why, but I am. And I think this version of the name “Jackson” is super masculine and updated from the traditional spelling and maybe even a bit quirky.

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Aeryn


    Now I’m not usually a fan of this many changes to a traditional spelling but something about this version of the more traditional name “Erin” is just so lovely to look at. Almost mythical or elf-like wouldn’t you say?

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Emma Leigh

    Emma Leigh

    Now this is a big jump, but it could be the perfect compromise for parents fighting over the names Emma and Emily. Ha.

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Jakob


    A simple swap of a “K” for a “C” takes the traditional name “Jacob” to a modern new height. I know this isn’t for everyone, but I think it’s cool.

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Caiden


    The subtle “AI” addition can be so visually pretty in names like this version of the more common spelling of “Caden”.

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Bryan


    I’ve seen this version of the name “Brian” so many times that it is starting to seem less unique and more common. But I really like the swap of the traditional “I” for a more modern “Y”.

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Jayden


    Jaden is already a trendy name, so perhaps tweaking the spelling is a recipe for a trendy disaster. But I like this version still. Maybe I just have a thing for “Y”s.

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Sofie


    Swapping an “F” for the more common “PH” in the traditional spelling of “Sophie” is a really cute and simple tweak that, in my opinion, makes the spelling a bit more dainty.

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Samm


    Double the fun? I know two girls with double “M”s on the end of their “Sam” and I think it’s a really cute twist on a common name.

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Fynn


    I love the name Finn already but swapping out the original “I” for a “Y” just ups the adorable factor as far as I’m concerned. What do you think?

  • My Favorite Uniquely Spelled Names: Viktor


    I don’t know what it is about swapping out the “C” for a “K” in this version of the traditional spelling of “Victor” but it just seems so masculine.

  • Rule No. 1

    Rule No. 1

    Replacing an “I” with a “Y” seems to be a pretty common spelling switch. You can utilize this rule without too much drama.
    (Ex: Lyndsay, Eryn, Allyson)

  • Rule No. 2

    Rule No. 2

    Simply adding a “y” for no real reason seems to be another common name-tweaking tactic.
    (Ex: Layne Jaycob, Jaymie)

  • Rule No. 3

    Rule No. 3

    Another simple spelling adjustment that seems to be common is replacing an “E” at the end of a name with an “IE”. This substitution can be really subtle and make a name more appear more girlie.
    (Ex: Mollie, Lacie, Shelbie)

  • Rule No. 4

    Rule No. 4

    Adding an “H” to names that end in an “A” is a trend that has picked up popularity it seems. To me, this makes names appear more Biblical, does anyone else think that?.
    (Ex: Alyssah, Kaylah, Dakotah)

  • Rule No. 5

    Rule No. 5

    Taking out a “PH” and inserting an “F” in it’s place is a unique spelling I’ve noticed a lot, even in my friends’ names.
    (Ex: Sofie, Stefanie, Christofer)

  • Rule No. 6

    Rule No. 6

    I’ve noticed parents taking it back to the old school and using the old English “LEIGH” where an “LY” would normally go.
    (Ex: Ashleigh, Kyleigh, Hayleigh)

  • Rule No. 7

    Rule No. 7

    The popularity of the letter “K” seems to be ever growing as more and more parents swap it in.
    (Ex: Kasey, Kody, Kourtney)

  • Rule No. 8

    Rule No. 8

    This one is subtle but effective. Look around and you’ll start to notice it more and more: a replaced long “A” with an “AI”.
    (Ex: Kailee, Caiden, Jaida)

  • Rule No. 9

    Rule No. 9

    Another subtle spelling change I’ve seen is parents being creative with the “N” sound ending a name.
    (Ex: Paytyn, Peyten, Peytan)

  • Rule No. 10

    Rule No. 10

    It is this writer’s opinion that some subtle tweaks can make for really beautiful and unique names. But when parents go crazy combining a bunch of swaps in one name, things get murky. So if you’re thinking of a uniquely spelled name, pick 1 or 2 swaps and keep it simple. ;)

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