Do You Prefer...

Lili gave me an idea for this game - just post what your preference is for the spelling of a name and why you like it!  Then you come up with a name with multiple spellings (it can be more than two, and of either gender) to ask the next person.  As an example:

Poster 1

Eric or Erik?

Poster 2

Eric - it looks less feminine.

Clare or Claire?

Poster 3

Clare - (and so on)

I'll start - Tabitha or Tabatha?


October 4, 2018 10:53 AM

Tabitha, because I had a girl in school with that name and that's what I'm used to.

Catherine or Katherine?

October 4, 2018 11:16 AM

Catherine - the other way looks more dated to me.  Kathryn is not bad either.

Sarah or Sara?

October 4, 2018 1:31 PM

Sarah, it appears softer and flowy...Sara feels like its missing something 

Celina or Selena?

October 4, 2018 1:47 PM

Selena - it appears more soft than Celina.

Tracy, Tracey, Traci, or Tracie?

October 6, 2018 8:21 PM

I really don’t like any Tracy variation, but Tracey looks nicest. 

Nora or Norah?

October 6, 2018 8:39 PM

Nora - I had never heard of the Norah variation, plus I don’t really like that name as much.

Cara or Kara?

January 2, 2019 8:41 PM

It seems that no one else likes this game... :(

Cara or Kara?

January 3, 2019 12:09 AM

Cara- I think it looks prettier

Maya or Maia

January 3, 2019 2:25 AM

Maya - I like both but Maya feels more classic


Isabel or Isabelle

January 3, 2019 9:38 AM

Isabelle- I find it prettier

Zoe, Zoey, Zoee, Zoie, or Zooey?

January 3, 2019 9:39 AM

Isabelle- I find it prettier

Zoe, Zoey, Zoee, Zoie, or Zooey?

January 3, 2019 12:37 PM

Zoe - I love the cute style of this spelling.

Carey, Carrey, Carrie, Karey, Kari, Keri, Kerri, or Kerry?

January 3, 2019 2:37 PM

Carrie - Classic and simple; Has a much more timeless feel


Katherine, Kathryn, or Catherine?

January 3, 2019 2:55 PM

Catherine - I think it's more timeless than the others.  Katherine looks dated to me.

Eliot, Elliot, or Elliott?

January 3, 2019 3:25 PM

Eliot - I think Elliott is nice too and feels balanced but I kind of love the little streamlined Eliot


Quentin, Quinton, Quinten, or Quintin?

January 3, 2019 4:26 PM

Quinton - spells like it's normally pronounced, although I have a positive association with someone with the spelling Quentin.  Quinten is not bad either.

Jaden, Jadon, Jaeden, Jaiden, Jaidyn, Jaydan, Jayden, Jaydin, or Jaydon?

January 3, 2019 5:56 PM

Jayden- Most common. It seems like it would be a pain to correct people.

Haylee, Haley, Hailey, Haleigh, Hayleigh, or Haylie?

January 3, 2019 7:48 PM

(Tough one for me)

Hailey - seems like the one that doesn't have a celebrity or personal association tied to it without an unusual spelling, but I like many of them (Hayleigh has especially grown on me recently).  Not sure what the most common is, but I've also seen Hayley, Hailie, and Haili.

Caitlin, Caitlyn, Kaitlyn, Kaitlynn, Kaitlynne, Katelyn, or Katelynn?

(If your preference is not in this list feel free to pick it!)

January 3, 2019 9:37 PM

Kaitlyn- I do not like this name but this is my favorite way to spell it

Devin, Devyn, Deven, Devon, Devan, Devun, Devphin... 

January 4, 2019 1:25 PM

Devon- all the other ones looks wrong to me.

Lillian, Lilian, Lillyan, Lilyan, Lillyanne, Lilianne, etc

January 4, 2019 1:26 PM

Devon- all the other ones looks wrong to me.

Lillian, Lilian, Lillyan, Lilyan, Lillyanne, Lilianne, etc

January 4, 2019 6:13 PM

Lilian - I like Lili as a nickname.

Teresa or Theresa?

January 4, 2019 9:31 PM


Chloe, Khloe, Kloie

January 4, 2019 10:49 PM

Chloe - The other ones are terrible IMO

Annabelle or Annabel?

January 5, 2019 1:06 AM

Annabelle- It looks more complete


Adalyn, Adalynn, Adalynne, Addalyn, Addalynn, Addalynne, Adelyn, Adelynn, Adelynne, Addelyn, Addelynn, Addelynne, Adilyn, Adilynn, Adilynne, Addilyn, Addilynn, or Addilynne?

January 5, 2019 1:50 AM

Adalyn- It looks less made-up

Demetri or Dimitri? 

January 5, 2019 1:31 PM

Dimitri- I saw it that way first, though I also like Dmitri.

Elliot, Elliott, Eliot, or Eliott?

January 5, 2019 3:44 PM

Elliot- It seems more streamlined but really I think it was the first way I saw it. I think Eliot is my least favorite, it seems incomplete. 

Isla or Ayla (They are both pronounced the same but have different origins)

January 5, 2019 4:45 PM

(Interestingly, I pronounce Isla "eye-luh" and Ayla "ay-luh")

Isla - Because Ayla is a different name and pronunciation to me


Sean, Shawn, or Shaun?

January 5, 2019 11:41 PM

(hmm... maybe I am the one that is wrong...)

Shawn- It looks the most like it sounds. Sean is a close second. 

Margery or Marjorie?


January 5, 2019 11:47 PM

(I'm with Mara on the pronunciation for Isla vs. Ayla)

Marjorie - not a big fan of this name but this one spells like it sounds.

Layton or Leighton?

January 6, 2019 1:07 AM

Layton- I don't like the name but would pronounce Leighton Lee-ton

Aaliyah, Aliyah, Aliya, Alia, Alea, Alya, Alyah, Aleah, Aliah, Aleigha, Aleea, etc.

January 6, 2019 1:35 AM

Aaliyah- I associate this name with the singer, and this is how it is spelling

Niki, Nikki, Nikky, Nicky, Nicki

January 6, 2019 2:08 AM

Nikki - I don't mind a few of the spellings but this one feels the most like its own name and not just a nickname

Maisie, Mayzie, Maisy, or Maizy?

January 6, 2019 11:15 AM

Maisie - I also don't mind Maisy but the others don't feel right to me.

Jackson or Jaxon?

January 6, 2019 1:13 PM

Jackson- more traditional

Erika, Erica, or Ericka?

January 6, 2019 2:11 PM

Erica - Feels the most classic

Emilia or Amelia? (different origins and slightly different pronunciations understood)

January 6, 2019 3:14 PM

Emilia- Not overused, added benefit of nn Emmie.

Natalie, Nataly, Nathalie, or Natalee? (Or something else)

January 7, 2019 1:35 AM

Natalie - the most classic and the only form I've seen (the others are interesting though).

Ann or Anne?

January 8, 2019 5:00 PM

Anne- more classic and familiar to me

Scarlett, Scarlet, or Scarlette?

January 8, 2019 6:11 PM

Scarlett - feels the most classic.

Terrance or Terrence?

January 10, 2019 9:56 AM

great game, might help me with my spelling issue :)


Terrence! Terrance makes me feel like it’s terrace spelt incorrectly

Anneli, Annelie or Annali? (pronounced ANN-eh-lee)

January 11, 2019 12:41 AM

Thank you! :)

Anneli - I think the others would have more confusion over the pronunciation.

Tara, Tera, or Terra? (if Tara, tah-rah or tair-ah?)

January 11, 2019 1:43 PM

Tara- most common, but I'd probably pronounce it Tar-a.

Aria, Arya, Ariya, Ariah, Aryah, or Ariyah?

January 11, 2019 2:33 PM

Aria - seems like the most common and I love the meaning.

Amy or Aimee? (if I'm missing spellings feel free to choose your own)

January 11, 2019 2:46 PM

Amy - Classic spelling in the U.S. Aimee is quite pretty but I'd go for classic.

Mathias or Matthias

January 11, 2019 4:04 PM

Mathias - looks more classic.

Curtis or Kurtis?

January 11, 2019 11:14 PM

Curtis- I was pretty torn but I think the C just pushed me over being ambivelant 

Sonia or Sonya

January 12, 2019 3:30 AM

Sonia - I also think Sonja is pretty.

Teagan, Tegan, or Teigan?

January 12, 2019 11:56 AM

Tegan - feels the most cute to me (I've had a positive association with a Teagan though).

Carys, Charis, Karis, or Kerris?