Name spelling change?


lately I've been feeling some namers remorse over the spelling of our daughters name (6 months old).

i LOVE her name Madeline (pn Mad-e-Lin) but we live in the UK and the french spelling Madeleine is much more common.

Everyone spells her name wrongly or pronounces it with a long 'line' ending - to rhyme with Caroline.

is it ridiculous to change her nsme spelling at this stage? The pronunciation would not change. Can't stop obsessing over this for some reason and thinking we have made her life more difficult with the constant spelling of her name.




December 12, 2014 1:34 PM

I would leave it alone.  I am in anguish weighing back and forth whether or not to change my daughter's name entirely because of the anxiety it causes me.  It is awful.  I would trade for your problem any day.  Just leave it as is. 

December 13, 2014 10:40 PM

I don't see why not. Although its possible changing the spelling won't fix the problem, but as an American I don't have much useful advice there. i think it would be pronounced -line- with either spelling here, anyone who wanted it pronounced that way in the US it would work better with the Madelyn spelling. Is that spelling used in the UK much? I think the best thing is to be more certain it will improve the mispronounciations before going through with it.

December 17, 2014 6:37 PM

Thanks both for your thoughts. It's been really good to get my feelings down in writing and get this anxiety off my chest, and I have decided to leave her name as it is.

firstly - I asked a few Madeleines about their experiences and it seems that people butcher the spelling/pronouncistion however the name is spelt. We've had Christmas cards from family and close friends spelling Madeline's name 6 different ways!

also my husband is not on board with the change.

I've started to feel better about her name by making her some personalised gifts and doing a big name mural in her room. 

I feel  lots better about this - thanks !!

December 17, 2014 8:58 PM

Not to worry, nobody spells anything right.  I have a very common, familiar, straightforward surname, and people still screw it up.  I have reached the point where I just automatically spell my name right from the get-go.

Here's how a little friend of my 4-year-old grandson handles this spelling problem.  He introduces himself as Xander-with-an-X (all in one breath), while making an X with his little fingers.  Problem solved!  My grandson Elliott loves the fact that his name has two sets of double letters, and he happily demonstrates the correct spellng to all and sundry.