Is naming a baby Spoughte a bad idea?

Hubby and I are trying to decide on names now to leave a little wiggle room incase we change our minds later. We both fell in LOVE with the name Spot, but decided it was too much like a pet name. While trying to consider other names, we kept coming back to Spot. So, we made the spelling of Spoughte. We're SO happy with it, but nobody else agrees. Hubby and I both have our heart set on Spoughte, and don't want to use Spot as her name. Any help? 


January 26, 2019 11:21 PM

yes,  sorry dont like it at all maybe a nn,  sounds like a pets name   Elspeth,  Esperanta Esperantia Inspiritation Spirit

Aspen Crispina Despina Espe Esperence Espenza Hesper Hespera Larkspur Prospera Sparrow Speranza Spring Thespina Vespa Vespera Vesperia Vespira Whisper Aspagia Espana Esphyr Caspara Crispina Jasperine Spicer Jasper Jesper Kesper Spencer Spence Spruce

January 27, 2019 12:29 AM

Love Spencer as a suggestion!

January 27, 2019 2:53 AM

I think it would be a really bad idea to name them that.  No offense intended, but in the spirit of honesty -- it comes across as extremely weird and pretentious, and they are definitely going to get made fun of for it.  Also, it looks kinda like it would be read as "Spaghetti".

January 27, 2019 5:30 AM

congrats on baby girl! until i read thr 'traditional' spelling of spot, i was thinking maybe it was pronounced sport or spout. Spot would be such a cute nickname for a name like Spencer, Sparke or Sparrow. have you thought of the name Dot or Dottie? it could be a lovely name by itself or a gorgeous nickname for somthing like dorothea, dora, pandora, theodora, dorris, dominique or doreen. another gorgeous name if you like the 'ot' sound is lottie, which couuld be short for charlotte, scarlerte, collette, nicolette, violet or odette.

actually, odette could be a fn for the nn dot aswell!



January 27, 2019 1:08 PM

As a kindergarten teacher, I urge you not to use this spelling! My little friends really struggle with name writing, and adding extra letters does not help. As unique and cute as it is, I understand your love for the name Spot. But I also see where it reminds you of a pet. I agree with other comments that Dot may be a good substitute. Or use Spot as a middle name and call her that! (I have an uncle named James, but everyone calls him by his middle name because it is more unique!) That way she could have more “professional” sounding first name to use as an adult, but you can use and call her the name you love. Just some ideas :) Congrats on your baby girl! 

January 27, 2019 2:26 PM

I think the spelling is unnecessarily confusing and the the name still seems very nicknamey/doglike. I would pronounce Spoughte as “spout” so I don’t think it’s intuitive either.

I think Spot could easily be a nn for an Sp- name like Spencer.

January 27, 2019 3:06 PM

I can't tell if you're serious about this or parodying other naming dilemmas. On the chance that you are serious, here are some thoughts:

First, your spelling looks more like spout or spoofed or even spaghetti than spot. Even when I know what you're going for, I'd have a hard time hearing this as "spot" rather than "spaut" because I don't have the cot/caught merger. If you don't see any difference between "cot" and "caught" then you're merged. The spelling Spaught would be a little more intuitive, but has the merger problem even more.

Second, I don't think anything that sounds like Spot is a very good idea. Not only is it a quintessential dog name (or cat name if you're an android), but you're also dooming her to years of "Out, damned Spaught!" jokes. A "dot" is almost uniformly a small round mark, but a "spot" has other, unpleasant associations. Here's a definition from Oxford Dictionaries; note that the most problematic senses (stain, pimple, blemish on one's character or honor) are all up at the top of this list, which is sorted with most common meanings first.

This just completely fails the "would I want this to be my name" test. I don't generally think that the etymological meaning of a name should nix a name, but when you're literally using a common word in your own language you are absolutely hanging all of its associations and nuances on your child.

January 27, 2019 6:45 PM

I was guessing Spout.


This is a really terrible "name".  It reminds me of the Duggar's Spurgeon, which is just about the ugliest name ever named.

January 27, 2019 7:37 PM

Yeah, I also read it as "spout??", and either way, it's much worse than Spurgeon, which is saying a lot. I'm really, really hoping it's a joke post.

January 27, 2019 8:25 PM

To answer the question in your title: Yes, I think it is a very bad idea, sorry. If I'm understanding your post correctly you would still be saying the name Spot. So everyone who heard you talking to her or that she introduced herself to would still hear the pet name; all changing the spelling does is ensure that nobody would ever spell or pronounce her name "right" without being corrected. 

Honestly if your hearts are totally set on Spot then I have to agree with everyone who said make it a nickname. To my mind Spot is actually the kind of name that works perfectly well as a unrelated-to-the-given-name-nickname in the same vein as nicknames like Bug/Bean/Champ. However if you want it to be more related then I think you could either go with one of the names that gives Dot as a traditional nickname (because Dot to Spot makes total sense to me) or look at S names so you at least have that initial.

If you're still thinking you want to use Spot/Spoughte as her given name then I would urge both you and your husband to try using it in place of your names in places like coffee shops or for restaurant reservations and see what kind of reactions you get, I'm betting it would be polite incredulity at best and outright disbelief or ridicule at worst. 

January 28, 2019 5:40 AM

I agree 100%. Spot would be pretty adorable as a nn - like you called her Spot because she was so tiny when she was born, or something like that. It could definitely work for any name that starts with S too. But as a full name - no. Especially not spelled Spoughte (which I would read as Spout, not Spot).

Scout is similar in sound and style but has history of use as a name and could work well, if you wanted an alternative.

March 8, 2019 12:29 AM

I really hope you're trolling...

If not, please reconsider your life choices!