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Unique baby names

From SheKnows UK
There are so many wonderful ways to make a baby name unique for your baby girl or boy. If you are looking for a unique way to personalise the name you've selected, consider an alternate spelling for the name. Whether it's Leigh instead of Lee or Anya instead of Anna, using a unique spelling can give a special twist to a more common name. Just remember: there's a fine line between and embarrassing -- and they are going to have to live with it the rest of their lives!

Get re-centred

Still looking for a unique spelling for your baby-to-be's name? Sandwiched between the beginning and the end of names are letters that can easily be traded for a unique take on nice names. For instance, a 'y' is a nice replacement for a 'i' and a 'ks' can easily sub for an 'x.'

Here are some examples to get you thinking:

Boy Names:

  • Aron instead of Aaron
  • Aydan instead of Aiden
  • Aleksander instead of Alexander
  • Bayley instead of Bailey
  • Bryden instead of Brayden
  • Dayvid instead of David
  • Gorje instead of George
  • Jayson instead of Jason
  • Jozeph instead of Joseph
  • Stefan instead of Stephan

Girl Names:

  • Alayna instead of Alana
  • Alyxa instead of Alexa
  • Bryanne instead of Brianne
  • Brigitte instead of Bridget
  • Caryl instead of Carol
  • Dafne instead of Daphne
  • Daysy instead of Daisy
  • Gabryella instead of Gabriella
  • Lita instead of Leta
  • Sosana instead of Susanna

Baby names with unique spellings:

Don't limit yourself to the beginning or middle of a name when thinking unique. The end of a name is also ripe for the altering. Here are some more ideas:


  • Andru instead of Andrew
  • Asten instead of Austin
  • Bruis instead of Bruce
  • Colyn instead of Collin
  • Dennez instead of Dennis
  • Elija instead of Elijah
  • Josef instead of Joseph
  • Lanz instead of Lance
  • Mathieu instead of Matthew
  • Tomaz instead of Thomas


  • Ashleigh instead of Ashley
  • Abigayle instead of Abigail
  • Beatrix instead of Beatrice
  • Brittnee instead of Brittney
  • Danyell instead of Danielle
  • Debroah instead of Deborah
  • Erykka instead of Erica
  • Hadleigh instead of Hadley
  • Jezika instead of Jessica
  • Sumyr instead of Summer

Still thinking?

If you haven't quite located the unique spelling you're after, check out the SheKnows baby name directory. Find names that you like the sound of and consider how they might be customised for a chic, unique take on tradition. Or maybe you prefer to bounce some baby name ideas off of other parents? If so, check out the SheKnows message boards to connect with thousands of other mums!

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