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Old 06-25-2010, 09:38 AM
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First name with most spelling variations?

What common first name has the most spelling variations with the same pronunciation? For instance, Mohammed and Muhammed are pronounced the same, but Mahmoud isn't, so doesn't count. Neither does Joe/Jose. Neither does Jon/John, as Jon is usually short for Jonathan.

I'm thinking that the winner has to be Kristin/Kristen/Christin/Christen etc.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:50 AM
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I would guess "Caitlin."

Kaitlyn, Katelyn, Kaitlin, Katelynn, Katlyn, Kaitlynn, Katelin, Katlynn, Kaitlin, Caitlyn, Caitlynn.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:11 AM
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I've seen Vikki, Vikky, Viki, Vykki, and Vycci. Seriously, the last one I just talked to a few minutes ago.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:18 AM
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I've seen Vikki, Vikky, Viki, Vykki, and Vycci. Seriously, the last one I just talked to a few minutes ago.
Vicki, Vickie, Vicky? Some of those are short for Victoria, but others clearly are not.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:18 AM
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I've seen Vikki, Vikky, Viki, Vykki, and Vycci. Seriously, the last one I just talked to a few minutes ago.
What about Vicki and Vicky?

However Catherine/Katharine/Cathrin/etc. has a lot of variations.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:51 AM
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Catherine has 191 variant forms: Cait, Caitey, Caitie, Caitlin, Caitlinn, Caitrin, Caitrine, Caitrinn, Caitriona, Caitrionagh, Caity, Caren, Cari, Carin, Caron, Caronne, Carren, Carri, Carrin, Carron, Caryn, Carynn, Cass, Cassey, Cassi, Cassie, Cassy, Cat, Cataleen, Cataleena, Catalin, Catalina, Cataline, Catarina, Catarine, Cate, Cateline, Caterina, Catey, Catha, Cathaleen, Cathaline, Catharin, Cathatina, Catharina, Catharine, Cathatyna, Catharyne, Cathe, Cathee, Cathelin, Cathelina, Cathelle, Catherin, Catherina, Catherinn, Catheryn, Cathi, Cathie, Cathirin, Cathiryn, Cathleen, Cathlene, Cathline, Cathlyne, Cathrine, Cathrinn, Cathryn, Cathrynn, Cathy, Cathye, Cathyleen, Cati, Catia, Catie, Catlina, Catlaina, Catreena, Catrin, Catrina, Catrine, Catrine, Catriona, Catrionagh, Catryna, Caty, Cay, Caye, Cazzy, Ekaterina, Kait, Kaitey, Kaitie, Kaitlin, Kaitlinne, Kaitrin, Kaitrine, Kaitrinna, Kaitriona, Kaitrionaugh, Kaity, Karen, Karena, Kari, Karin, Karon, Karri, Karrin, Karyn, Karynn, Kasia, Kasienka, Kasja, Kaska, Kass, Kassey, Kassia, Kassy, Kasya, Kat, Kata, Kataleen, Katalin, Katalina, Katarina, Katchen, Kate, Katee, Katell, Katelle, Katenka, Katerina, Katerinka, Katey, Katinka, Katha, Katharine, Katharyn, Katharyne, Kathee, Kathelina, Katheline, Katherin, Katherina, Katherine, Katheryn, Katherynn, Kathi, Kathie, Kathileen, Kathiryn, Kathleen, Kathlene, Kathleyn, Kathline, Kathyleen, Kathrine, Kathrinna, Kathryn, Kathryne, Kathy, Kathyrine, Kati, Katica, Katie, Katina, Katka, Katla, Katlaina, Katleen, Katoushka, Katrena, Katrine, Katrina, Katriona, Katrionaugh, Katryna, Katushka, Katy, Katya, Kay, Kaye, Kit, Kittee, Kittie, Kitty, Trina, Trine, Trinette, Yekaterin and Yekaterina.
Many of these don't really fit into the question raised by the OP, but you're still left with around 100 that do.
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:27 PM
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I think 'Monique' may have a lot of spelling variations. Recently, I saw it spelled 'Maniaq'- LOL!
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:45 PM
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I agree with Catherine and all variations thereof.
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Old 06-25-2010, 05:27 PM
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First one to come to mind: Antoine. Sean is another.
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Old 06-25-2010, 05:54 PM
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:17 PM
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There's Marc, and Mark and Marq and Marck and Marke

I've known people with all those spellings and none were short for anything
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:55 PM
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Antoine is pretty bad. A fun thing to do is look at early NFL preseason rosters and see how many different spellings of Antoine you can find. Highest I've seen is the low teens, and that wasn't counting Antonio.
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:20 PM
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I would guess "Caitlin."

Kaitlyn, Katelyn, Kaitlin, Katelynn, Katlyn, Kaitlynn, Katelin, Katlynn, Kaitlin, Caitlyn, Caitlynn.
Technically, Caitlin is the Irish version of Kathleen, and is pronounced similarly. Kaitlin, Catelynn, and all those are pronounced a bit differently.

Probably won't win, but:

Carrie, Cary*, Kari, Cari, Kerry, Kerri, Keri, Carey, etc.

I guess we should set a bar that each variant has to be in the top x names or appear on a baby name site or something. Else I could just say that Kreiaghhhj is a variant of "Craig."




*Usually male
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:09 AM
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I agree that it's gotta be Katherine, with at least 32 variants, NOT including variants such as "Katharine" that would have three distinct syllables, or "Katrine" which would be pronounced differently.

Cathrin, Cathryn, Cathrinn, Cathrynn
Cathrine, Cathryne, Cathrinne, Cathrynne

Catherin, Catheryn, Catherinn, Catherynn
Catherine, Catheryne, Catherinne, Catherynne

Kathrin, Kathryn, Kathrinn, Kathrynn
Kathrine, Kathryne, Kathrinne, Kathrynne

Katherin, Katheryn, Katherinn, Katherynn
Kattherine, Katheryne, Katherinne, Katherynne
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:02 AM
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But K and C are pretty much interchangeable so that gives names with K and or C (as well as S and C) an advantage
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:13 AM
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Lindsay has got to be up there somewhere, and in the running for surname as well. From "Clan Lindsay" on wikipedia:

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The Lindsays are arguably the clan with the most diverse variations when it comes to spelling their name. Known spellings include:

Limesay Linday Linde Lindeci Lindensay Lindesa Lindesaia Lindesaie Lindesans Lindesay Lindesaye Lindese Lindesee Lindesei Lindeseia Lindeseie Lindesey Lindesi Lindesie Lindesins Lindessay Lindessaya Lindessaye Lindessey Lindesseye Lindessi Lindesy Lindesye Lindeszey Lindey Lindiesay Lindisay Lindisin Lindissa Lindissai Lindissay Lindisseia Lindsa Lindsai Lindsay Lindsaye Lindsey Lindsseie Lindyesaye Lindyssay Lindyssey Linsai Linsaie Linsay Linsey Linsee Linsley Linzee Lyncay Lynde Lynddesai Lynddessay Lynddessaye Lyndesai Lyndesay Lyndeseia Lyndeseie Lyndesey Lyndeseye Lyndesheie Lyndeshey Lyndesie Lyndesins Lyndessai Lyndessay Lyndessaye Lyndessey Lyndessy Lyndesy Lyndesya Lyndey Lyndezay Lyndisay Lyndissai Lyndissay Lyndisseye Lyndsa Lyndsaia Lyndsaie Lyndsay Lyndsey Lyndseye Lyndsy Lyndysay Lyndyssay Lyndyssey Lynsay Lynse Lynsey
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:49 AM
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Technically, Caitlin is the Irish version of Kathleen, and is pronounced similarly. Kaitlin, Catelynn, and all those are pronounced a bit differently.

Probably won't win, but:

Carrie, Cary*, Kari, Cari, Kerry, Kerri, Keri, Carey, etc.

I guess we should set a bar that each variant has to be in the top x names or appear on a baby name site or something. Else I could just say that Kreiaghhhj is a variant of "Craig."




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Do you count Carrie and Kerry as variants of the same name?

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I agree that it's gotta be Katherine, with at least 32 variants, NOT including variants such as "Katharine" that would have three distinct syllables, or "Katrine" which would be pronounced differently.

Cathrin, Cathryn, Cathrinn, Cathrynn
Cathrine, Cathryne, Cathrinne, Cathrynne

Catherin, Catheryn, Catherinn, Catherynn
Catherine, Catheryne, Catherinne, Catherynne

Kathrin, Kathryn, Kathrinn, Kathrynn
Kathrine, Kathryne, Kathrinne, Kathrynne

Katherin, Katheryn, Katherinn, Katherynn
Kattherine, Katheryne, Katherinne, Katherynne
Yup, gotta be Catherine. Especially since you could include Katharine/Catharine with an a, too, as I've known a few people with that spelling who've pronounced it with two syllables, just like the spelling with an e.
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Old 06-26-2010, 02:55 PM
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Do you count Carrie and Kerry as variants of the same name?
Etymologically and literally? No. But in practice, someone wants to name their precious Carrie, so decides to go with Kerry or invent Kerreigh or whatever.
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Old 06-26-2010, 03:13 PM
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Etymologically and literally? No. But in practice, someone wants to name their precious Carrie, so decides to go with Kerry or invent Kerreigh or whatever.
I think that would only be in those areas where Kerry and Carrie sound the same. I thought that, even there, people would be aware they're not the same name, just like I know that write and right aren't the same word.
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Old 06-26-2010, 11:38 PM
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You wouldn't really think there could be many variations to Denise, but, behold:

Deniece, Dennise, Denyse, Deneese, Denese, Danise I've even seen a D'nise.

Sheesh.
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:49 PM
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I've seen Jasmine, Jazzmyn, Jazmin, Jasmyn, Jasmin, Jassmyn, Jazmyn and countless other variations.
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:08 PM
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My daughter's a Caileigh. (I only know one other that spells it that way.) In her preschool class were Kaylee and Callie, and she's got a cousin Kali (all pronounced "kay-lee"). Other variations include Caylee, Cayleigh, Kalee, Kallie, Callie, etc.

I'm not sure if it's the most, but it's got to be up there. I think it's a relatively new popular name that a lot of people like the sound of, but it's not so old or made famous by one person to cement just one or two spellings of it into our culture. I suspect that, if it doesn't have the most spelling variations in lists in books (which include historical or creative spellings not commonly used), it probably has the most spelling variations in widespread and common use today.
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:32 PM
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My daughter's a Caileigh. (I only know one other that spells it that way.) In her preschool class were Kaylee and Callie, and she's got a cousin Kali (all pronounced "kay-lee").
Is KAY-lee for "Callie" a usual pronunciation? I've always heard it to rhyme with "tally," but I only know two Callies and they're both in their 30s, so perhaps it's a generational thing.
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Is KAY-lee for "Callie" a usual pronunciation? I've always heard it to rhyme with "tally," but I only know two Callies and they're both in their 30s, so perhaps it's a generational thing.
Her teacher said it's her second "KAY-lee" spelled that way, but yes, I would have guessed "to rhyme with 'tally'", myself.

(And don't get me started on Kali. I think I've ranted about that before. It just doesn't make sense!)
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I came in to post my name, but it's Katherine, and already been mentioned repeatedly.
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:51 AM
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I think that would only be in those areas where Kerry and Carrie sound the same. I thought that, even there, people would be aware they're not the same name, just like I know that write and right aren't the same word.
You think the people that come up with abominations like Mykynzy care?

And that's just the worst one I could find where the pronunciation is obvious.
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I like Caitlyn but I've seen Hayley spelt many, many ways too:

Hale, Halee, Halie, Haley, Haly, Haile, Hailee, Hailey, Haily, Hayle, Haylee, Haylie, Hayley, Hayly, Haele, Haelee, Haelie, Haeley, Haely and even Hayliegh, Haliegh, Haileigh, Haeleigh etc...
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Lindsay has got to be up there somewhere, and in the running for surname as well. From "Clan Lindsay" on wikipedia:



Clan Lindsay
How did "Linzy" not make that list?
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Is Qaddafi a first name? It could be.
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My daughter's a Caileigh. (I only know one other that spells it that way.) In her preschool class were Kaylee and Callie, and she's got a cousin Kali (all pronounced "kay-lee"). Other variations include Caylee, Cayleigh, Kalee, Kallie, Callie, etc.

I'm not sure if it's the most, but it's got to be up there. I think it's a relatively new popular name that a lot of people like the sound of, but it's not so old or made famous by one person to cement just one or two spellings of it into our culture. I suspect that, if it doesn't have the most spelling variations in lists in books (which include historical or creative spellings not commonly used), it probably has the most spelling variations in widespread and common use today.
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Recently, I saw it spelled 'Maniaq'- LOL!
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Technically, Caitlin is the Irish version of Kathleen, and is pronounced similarly.
"Kaish-leen," as I was told when I gave my daughter that fine old uncommon Irish name around 1989... traditional spelling.

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Else I could just say that Kreiaghhhj is a variant of "Craig."
I'll have to use that next time I write to a family member of that name - who is female.
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Is Qaddafi a first name? It could be.
I don't think that the multiple ways his name has been spelled are actual variants in the sense of the OP, rather they are just different best guesses on the part of the media and government on how it should be spelled. IIRC, it hadn't been translated into written English by his regime until after he had become well known, and it contains at least one sound that does not exist in the English language.

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Welcome to my world (teaching, that is)...

Keeping the Caitlynnes and the Lindzeez straight is exhausting.

I miss "The Year of Jason/Josh/Jen/Jaclyn", when every kid seemed to be one of the those.
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How do 6-year-old zombies spell their names?

The names I've seen with the most spellings are the variations of Sheri or Cheryl.

Two different teachers told me that the names with the most variations, in their experience, were

SPOILER:
Alice and Jason


Those were quite surprising to me.
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How do 6-year-old zombies spell their names?
Ashley.

Or Ashleigh. Or Ashlee, Ashlie, Ashlea, Ashlie, Ashly, Ashli or Ashlé.
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