Let’s be real

Let’s be real. I wouldn’t be on here if I wasn’t bothered enough to take time to post this. I have read enough on sites like this to know that some people like unique names and some don’t. I have   a little girl names Addyson. Yes. I like this spelling and always have. I like the feminine touch and think it lend more easily to the Addy nickname. I never realized there was such controversy over using a variant. Especially when the I for Y switch is so prevalent throughout our language. Ex: Egypt, Pyramid, Lyric, Hymn, Symphony... I know some parents really push it on the unique factor- I guess I’m irritated at the though of getting grouped into that. What are constructive thoughts? Besides a few spelling issues throughout the years does this variant pose any real issues? Or in 2019 does this name no longer get an eye blink? 


September 19, 2019 5:36 PM

yes it still would get an eye blink now and I think reading it, it could be pronounced differently as well,  spelling issues will be a big problem too

September 20, 2019 7:07 AM

We really haven‘t had too many spelling issues and none with pronunciation. I‘m starting to see Addisyn now as well but this is the one that seems unusual to me. 

September 20, 2019 1:20 PM

It probably depends somewhat on where you live, but I doubt your daughter will run into more issues with her name than most people her age. (I'm guessing you live in the US, since you haven't specified otherwise.) The naming "landscape" today in the US is so diverse that there really isn't a "normal" or "usual" name anymore. The flip side is that almost nothing is weird or strange, either.

My kids' friends run the gamut, from timeless classics like Katherine to modern classics like Emily to more modern names like Kaylyn and the very unusual like Callista and Drema, with spelling variations in pretty much all of these categories (Catherine, Emilie, Kaelin, etc.). They take it all in stride.

On the practical side, she probably will have to spell out her name a lot of the time, but I think that's becoming the norm now that so many names come in different  spellings. She may also get people who want to say it more like Addie-son, but that's a pretty easy correction. 


On  the plus side, with your spelling, I think it will be guessed as a feminine name 99% of the time. Also and most importantly, you love it!

October 6, 2019 10:04 PM

The name isn’t my style any which way it’s spelled, but I don’t find your spelling of it particularly bothersome. I think it might frequently be misspelled but it’s not the end of the world. My daughter’s name is Emelia, which is a very old name/spelling, not terribly uncommon in Europe, but it’s constantly being confused with or misspelled as either Amelia or Emilia. I find myself feeling similarly to you in not wanting to be lumped into the “creative spellers” category but, in the grand scheme of things, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.