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Baby name advice from Jennifer Moss, founder & CEO of

Creative Spellings
Kreatyve Name Spellings
Hi Jennifer, I was wondering your opinion on using names with non-traditional spellings. My name is spelled 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 spelled wrong every time. [ More ]
Embedding Dad’s Name
Hi Jennifer, I’ve been a long time lurker on, even before I was married or expecting. Now I’m pregnant with my first child and would appreciate your help; I love the name Declan and the meaning ‘full of goodness.’ My husband’s name is Clay and I was trying to make the baby’s name more meaningful by adding a ‘Y’ to produce the title “Declayn.” My husband thinks that everyone will mispronounce the name and it will cause confusion. [ More ]
Kreatyve Name Feedback
I wanted to add some input to Jennifer’s request for information on people’s experience with common names that required spelling out. I am an unfortunate victim of just such a name, KATHRYN. I have never liked my name and never felt like it fit me – however the worst part about my name is constantly having to spell it out for people. [ More ]
Is Name Spelling a Burden?
Dear, I love reading the naming blogs, BUT I have to say my #1 pet peeve is when the “experts” advise not to use a name that is going to cause your child to spell it.  I agree that very unusual spellings can make a name seem less “classy” but simple variations seem perfectly fine to me.  [ More ]