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Pronunciation of Madeline

Hi Jennifer,

I have always wondered what the appropriate pronunciation of the name Madeline. I have heard it pronounced Made-line and Made-lynn. Me and my husband really like the name Maddie and are thinking of using the name Madeline (Made-line). Do you think that this name is too outdated or confusing?

Thanks!
Layla

madDear Layla,
The reason we don’t put pronunciations on our site is because there is no “one correct way” to pronounce a name. It depends on geography, culture and personal preference. I have met women named Dana that pronounce it “Day-na” and some that pronounce it “Dan-na.”

I believe in the cartoon of the children’s book they pronounced it Mad-eh-LINE, if that has any influence. But my answer would be: you can pronounce it any way you want.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

Anthony has no Meaning

Hi,
I just wanted to let you know that I saw that the name Anthony, as I tried looking up its meaning on babynames.com, reads “Unknown.”

Well I also happen to have a Name That Baby book that lists its meaning. Would you like to see? Please see attached photos.
Cheers.
J.E.

namethatbaby

Dear J.E.
Thank you for writing and providing your source. According to our international name experts, there is no known meaning to the name “Anthony” which originated as a Latin surname.

Apparently the researchers for that book found that the meaning was “unknown” and interpreted that as it meaning “unestimable.” However that is incorrect! It’s unfortunate the number of websites and/or books that propagate incorrect information…

Sincerely,
Jennifer

The Honest Company The Honest Company
About Kreatyve Name Spellings

Hi Jennifer,

I was wondering your opinion on using names with non-traditional spellings. My name is spelt in a non-traditional way: Karlee instead of Carly. I am almost always called Kaylee or Callie when first meeting people; not to mention I have to spell out my first name or have it spelt wrong every time. Even after I have told people how to spell my name they still spell it wrong (even family members). Honestly, it can be a bit frustrating at times.

I know my case isn’t as drastic as some such as Emmalie for Emily or Cidnee for Sydney. Just to clarify I’m not against changing a letter or two, and I’m not saying everybody has to be the same either. I just think sometimes people go too far with it. I would love to hear your insight on this. Thanks so much!

Sincerely,
Carly with a K and two EE’s

Dear Karlee,cup

Thank you for validating my stance on “Kreatyve” spellings. I think it puts an undue burden on the child, having to spell their name for people the rest of their lives!

I have heard from some that having a Kreatyve spelling of a common name kind-of “grows” on you. More adults are accepting of having a Kreatyve name than kids. It makes them feel unique.

However, I still do not recommend it for all the reasons you have stated, above.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

p.s. You can always legally change the spelling of your name when you turn 18!

Behind the Name: Somerlyn

Hi Jennifer!

I have always been a fan of the name Summer and recently I have came across the name Somerlyn. I was wondering if this is a made up name and/or what it means? Do you think this would be a good girls name?

Kenzie

somerlynHi Kenzie,

Somerlyn would be what we call a “combination name” where it combines two different names: Somer/Summer and Lyn. If you combine the meanings, it would mean “Summer Beauty.” I like it!

Sincerely,
Jennifer

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