Hi Jennifer,

I was wondering your opinion on using names with non-traditional spellings. My name is spelt in a non-traditional way: Karlee instead of Carly. I am almost always called Kaylee or Callie when first meeting people; not to mention I have to spell out my first name or have it spelt wrong every time. Even after I have told people how to spell my name they still spell it wrong (even family members). Honestly, it can be a bit frustrating at times.

I know my case isn’t as drastic as some such as Emmalie for Emily or Cidnee for Sydney. Just to clarify I’m not against changing a letter or two, and I’m not saying everybody has to be the same either. I just think sometimes people go too far with it. I would love to hear your insight on this. Thanks so much!

Sincerely,
Carly with a K and two EE’s

Dear Karlee,

Thank you for validating my stance on “Kreatyve” spellings. I think it puts an undue burden on the child, having to spell their name for people the rest of their lives!

I have heard from some that having a Kreatyve spelling of a common name kind-of “grows” on you. More adults are accepting of having a Kreatyve name than kids. It makes them feel unique.

However, I still do not recommend it for all the reasons you have stated, above.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

p.s. You can always legally change the spelling of your name when you turn 18!

Jennifer Moss is the founder of BabyNames.com, author of The Baby Names Workbook, and Producer of The Baby Names Podcast. Jennifer is widely regarded as the leading expert on popular baby name trends and the naming process, serving as the authoritative source on the subject for national and international media.

Jennifer entered the tech arena in the 80s as a software developer and database architect, and became a pioneer in the Internet industry. In addition to operating BabyNames.com, Jennifer owns a web development agency in central California.