Spelling Dilemma

hi. we are almost 100% going with Elise, as the doctor gave me his 90% certainty we are having a girl (at appointment last friday). today, while skyping with a cousin, who is from the northeast, where i live, but lives in the southeast (u.s.), she advised me to spell it Alyse or Elyse. she said if i spell it the "normal" way, then people will mispronounce it when reading the name and call her ElSIE. i can see that happening once in a great while, like a dyslexic moment, but not as a whole am i totally off here? how should we spell Elise?


July 19, 2012 10:30 PM

I'd definitely stick with the traditional Elise.  The others look creative or made-up in comparison.  I don't think people will say "Elsie" any more often than they would say "Alice" if you spelled it Alyse.

By Jill
July 19, 2012 10:32 PM

Since about four times more babies are named Elise (with that spelling) than Elsie, I really don't see this being a problem.  Since my daughter's middle name is Elise, prefer that spelling.  If you liked one of the other spellings better, I'd say change it, but it sounds like the only reason would be to avoid (highly unlikely) potential confusion.  

By Guest (not verified)
July 20, 2012 1:01 AM

I truly cannot imagine that happening, unless perhaps there was an enormous, sudden upswing in Elsie.

Spell it Elise.

By Guest (not verified)
July 20, 2012 3:33 AM

I actually know a girl named Elise who gets Elsie at times. I would go with Elyse if you decide to change the spelling. I don't think it looks odd or too uncommon.

July 20, 2012 3:37 AM

I prefer the spelling Elise and actually always read Elsie as Elise!  I don't think it's a big deal but Elyse is the next best option in my opinion.

July 20, 2012 6:56 AM

I say use Elise.   People may sometimes misread it as Elsie, but I don't see it being a common problem.  To me, it'd be like someone misreading June as Jane.  Sure, it's possible, but it doesn't warrant the spelling Joone to avoid.

Alyse looks like Alice to me & Elyse looks a little made up.  

By hyz
July 20, 2012 10:16 AM

ditto this.  And HungarianNameGeek's rule of thumb, below. 

July 20, 2012 2:21 PM

I agree 100% with all of this.

July 20, 2012 9:57 AM

I think I'll make up a new slogan/aphorism/motto: "When in doubt, spell it right." (Hey, it sorta rhymes.)

Actually, "spell it right" sounds like a good guideline in general. Just use Elise. Any name is subject to mistakes, because people are only human, and I don't think Elise has any greater chance of confusion than Elyse would. (Alyse is a medieval spelling of Alice.)

July 20, 2012 2:35 PM

I agree with the herd. Spell it right.  Also, nice choice. That's a very pretty name.

July 20, 2012 5:05 PM

I like the look of Elyse; the under-the-line y just makes it a little more visually pleasing than Elise to me, and I think it's less likely to be mistaken for Elsie. But, that said, go for the spelling you like the most; the Elsie/Elise confusion is hopefully going to be a minor issue that only needs to be corrected once... 

By Guest (not verified)
July 20, 2012 10:31 PM

I think Elise is a much more common name than Elsie, plus Elise is the traditional and most common spelling of the name. I think your cousin is definitely wrong. Go with Elyse if you're worried, but definitely not Alyse -- it's an alternative spelling of Alice and I'm sure you're aware of the trend of creative spellings. I think especially in today's society, Alyse is going to read as Alice. It also has the added bonus of looking "made up" which connotes a lack of refinement in many opinions. 

By Guest (not verified)
July 20, 2012 10:32 PM

This also reminds me of a friend who has Elise as a middle name. She is also adament that it's pronounced "EEEEE - lees" not "UUUUH - lees." Hm. 

By mk
July 21, 2012 2:29 AM

I've seen Elyse plenty or times so it doesn't look made-up or odd to me at all, and I like how it looks a bit better. Both Elyse or Elise are fine, so go with whichever you prefer. Yes, Elsie may happen but I don't think it will be a huge issue.

I would pronounce Alyse as Alice.


July 21, 2012 4:36 PM

I'm not going to go into what is the "right" way to spell a name, but I think most of us agree that the unnecessary and/or copius use of the letter "y" tends to be downmarket.

By Guest (not verified)
July 21, 2012 5:47 PM

I disagree with this for this particular name. both variants seem normal. If anything. I've seen Elyse used far more often than Elise, so to me it looks more "right".

July 21, 2012 6:27 PM

Different strokes. I've seen this spelling twice, as a friend's middle name and a schoolmate's first. I've also known an Alyce, pronounced Elise. I still prefer the Elise spelling because, to me personally, it looks "clean."

July 23, 2012 2:50 PM

I agree that you should stick with Elise, the classic spelling. I don't think people will confuse it with Elsie very often at all.