Choosing the perfect name for a baby is a massive responsibility. There are different schools of thoughts on whether you should give your kid a "common" name or a "unique" name, and only you can make the decision. And once you've chosen a moniker, you then have to figure out how you want to spell it. Some parents prefer to go the traditional route. Others want to put their own spin on it. If you're in that latter camp, rest assured that are plenty of uniquely spelled names your kid won't hate you for to choose from.
I have some personal experience with this. Although spelling "Kristina" with a C instead of a K is a pretty simple switch, I have no doubt it's more unique. I performed a highly unscientific experiment recently and Googled my name as if it were spelled with a C, which brought up 70 million results. As actually spelled, with a K, my name only brought up 20 million hits. In a time where people make so many of their connections online, that kind of feels like an advantage (however minor).
Not everyone is going to agree with your spelling if you go in a non-traditional direction. And that's perfectly fine. What matters is that what you choose has meaning for you and your family, whether you'll be able to find it a souvenir keychain or not. Here are 11 options to consider to set your baby boy or girl apart.
Olivia has been another perpetual favorite in recent years. I've seen more moms and dads choose the Alivia spelling to make the name stand out a bit more.
Switching a name traditionally spelled with a C to a K isn't just for Kardashians. Kolin is a fresh take on Colin.
The boy's name Noel is pronounced like "knoll," but the traditional spelling makes it look just like the girl's name spelled the same way. Changing it up to Nole should make it easier for people to pronounce.
Isabelle is a classic name with lots of spelling variations. Isobel is my favorite twist, and the one I've seen used the least.
Changing the spelling of Riley to Rylee can help give the name a more feminine spin, if you're planning to use it for a baby girl.
Ryan's a classic boy's name that even been nabbed for girls in recent years. It's spelling variant Ryin seems suitable for either gender.
There's been a trend lately to add Xs to names that don't typically have them, like Jaxon for Jackson. You can buck that trend by ditching the typically spelled Max in favor of an awesome alternate like Maks.
It's hard to get a fresh take on a name that's been around for thousands of years like the biblical Aaron, but a spelling variation like Arin gives it a modern update.
The more well known version of this name is probably Aaliyah, pegged in the minds of many to the late R&B singer. Spelling it Alia simplifies the name and cuts the length nearly in half.
Abigail is another name that remains near the top of the charts for girls, which looks totally different spelled as Abigael. It's amazing what a different a single letter makes, isn't it?