Try These Tricks to Make that Common Baby Name You Love Stand Out

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If you've been looking through baby name books and throwing ideas back and forth with your partner, but just can't land on something, you're not alone. It's one of the biggest decisions to make as a new parent and while your child could change it later on, no one wants to choose a name that ultimately doesn't fit.

If you're super into the common baby names – let's face it, they're classic and popular for a reason – but you want your child to stand out a little bit, there's an easy solution. Choosing a common name with a fun spelling twist is a great way to put a little you in your child's name and the best of both worlds.

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Check out these fun variations of common baby names and we're sure you'll find something you absolutely love!

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Double or half the consonants

It's a small modification that can really set the name apart, but just adding (or removing) one of the letters.

Finn: Fin

Madison: Maddison, Madisson

Olivia: Ollivia

Benjamin: Bennjamin

Emmet: Emet, Emett, Emmett

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Switch up the vowels

There is a lot you can do just by changing you the vowel in each name. You can swap an A, E, I, O or U or you can add in a Y wherever you see fit.

Aria: Arya

Carson: Carsyn, Carsen

Aiden: Ayden, Aidan, Aidyn, Aaden

Zoe: Zoey, Zoie

Brandon: Branden, Brandyn, Brandan, Brandin

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Swap ‘C' and ‘K' where you can

The letters C, K, CH and CK are generally interchangeable and it's a super simple way to make a variation of the popular names.

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Christopher: Kristopher

Cameron: Kameron

Kaitlin: Caitlin

Cassandra: Kassandra

Caleb: Kaleb

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Is there a drawback?

If you're sensitive yourself to people spelling and saying your name incorrectly, going this route may not be the best idea. Yes, it's fun to have your own spin on a name, but you (and your child) will spend a lot of time correcting people on how to write and say the name. You have to ask yourself, “is it worth that” or “will this be an issue?”

What is your favorite variation of a common baby name? Share in the comments!

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Try These Tricks to Make that Common Baby Name You Love Stand Out

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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2 comments

  1. Corinne says:

    My name is Corinne, definitely not a common name but I am very familiar with mispronunciations and misspellings. (It’s pronounced Core-In, spelled with one R and two N’s). My husband is Jeremie, so he puts up with misspellings. We ended up naming our daughter Karlee. :] (Jeremy and Carly being the traditional spellings). So I suppose with this list we went with a C to K switch and a vowel switched and doubled.

  2. Micole says:

    My son name is Maison ( Mason) and my daughter name is Marlei (Marley)

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