Purposeful Misspelling?

I know a woman with 2 kids, really sweet kids, but I can’t get over the fact that their names are misspelled…

The son’s name is [name]Issac[/name], which drives me crazy because I can’t tell if she purposefully spelled it wrong or if she just didn’t know!

The daughter’s name is [name]Vivianna[/name], which I would pronounce vivi-[name]ANNA[/name], but she pronounces it vivi-AHNA. I don’t know, if she was going to pronounce it like that, why not just spell it [name]Viviana[/name]?

And it’s not like they’re trying to be Kr8tyv spellings, it’s almost like she just didn’t know how to spell them in the first place. I don’t get it…

Any thoughts?

That would bug the crap out of me.

It definitely looks like she just didn’t know how to spell [name]Isaac[/name], and there’s no reason to do a double “n” on [name]Viviana[/name]. That’s still a little more forgivable to me than “[name]Issac[/name].” Ridiculous!

Sounds like she can’t spell but the names are lovely.

I would assume [name]Issac[/name] was iz-sack

Yesterday I saw a guy’s name listed as Jephery

Sometimes I don’t know if the parent was trying to be “unique” or it they truly can’t spell. Since a lot of people don’t bother to research a name and just go by sound I’m not at all shocked at the ridiculous spellings anymore.

[name]Issac[/name] is one of my most loathed name misspellings, because [name]Issac[/name] would not be pronounced the same as [name]Isaac[/name].

As ‘nat108’ said, [name]Issac[/name] = iz-sack.

I cannot STAND it when people spell it [name]Issac[/name].

I don’yt have an issue with [name]Vivianna[/name] but the [name]Isaac[/name]/[name]Issac[/name] spelling problem is a pet peeve

You could just ask her. Let her know you think the spellings are unusual and where she got the idea from. Maybe [name]Issac[/name] is a family name because someone 100 years ago couldn’t spell.

I also don’t have an issue with [name]Vivianna[/name] because i just prefer the look of the double N and I still naturally pronounce it viv-ee-ah-na even if that’s not the correct way I guess.

With [name]Issac[/name], it does look like maybe she just made a mistake. Sometimes i have a hard time keeping track of which letter repeats.

See, I’m okay with some misspellings as long as they’re not the crazy, ridiculous looking ones that you know were just done to be kr8tiv. I’m okay with [name]Vivianna[/name]. I’m going to misspell [name]Damian[/name] to [name]Damien[/name] when I have a son because I have been spelling it that way since I first used the name in my novel when I was 13 and that spelling has special meaning to me. There are some names I prefer the misspelling to, like with [name]Vivianna[/name] and the double N.

[name]Issac[/name] would have got his name misspelled sooo many time! Uggh! At first I didn’t even notice the misspelling which is how discreet it is so it would defintiely be annoying. And I always pronounce [name]Viviana[/name] like [name]Vivianna[/name], its just the one I pronounce it and so do my family, friends and all the people I know. Maybe its a Welsh thing? Haha, dunno!


I pronounce [name]Vivianna[/name] and [name]Viviana[/name] the same, so I guess it is me as well. That doesn’t really annoy me.

If I saw the name [name]Issac[/name] I would just think it was accidentally misspelled. I guess I am weird because it doesn’t annoy me as much as it does others. I would just find it strange that it was spelled that way.

I hate the misspelling of [name]Isaac[/name] the most. [name]Issac[/name] is just strange and it would look like a careless typo printed on anything! I don’t understand why you would do that. I hate purposely misspelled names because they aren’t sticking to the originality of the name. It’s so strange. [name]Vivianna[/name] could be [name]Vivi[/name]-ahna, but I don’t really know. I would spell it [name]Viviana[/name] if I was going to call my daughter [name]Vivi[/name]-ahna. Very annoying!

I know a [name]Gena[/name] (pn [name]Gina[/name]) that’s misspelled because she was named after her dad, [name]Gene[/name]. So that was purposeful. I still really hate the idea , but that could be a reason.

I know a lot of people who can’t spell [name]Isaac[/name], but you would think you would at least look it up before naming your child that, right?

My only guess to the [name]Viviana[/name]/[name]Vivianna[/name] thing is that they wanted to keep the beautiful Spanish pronounciation but with a more American spelling… which normally wouldn’t bother me except that the name [name]Vivianna[/name] doesn’t look like it would be pronounced vivi-AHNA. The [name]Gena[/name]/[name]Gina[/name] thing doesn’t really bother me because they both look like they would be pronounced the same.

Kind of like are there are 10,000 different ways to spell [name]Carlie[/name] (you know, [name]Carlee[/name], [name]Karly[/name], ect.) but if it was spelled
[name]Carlea[/name], my mind would automatically read that as car-[name]LEE[/name]-uh.

[name]Vivianna[/name] doesn’t bother me at all.

[name]Isaac[/name] is my favorite boys’ name. Not sure if she didn’t know the spelling or purposely spelled it wrong.

I’m one of those people who instinctively pronounces [name]Anna[/name] as [name]Ann[/name]-uh and [name]Ana[/name] as [name]Ah[/name]-nuh, so I would pronounce [name]Vivianna[/name] as [name]Vivi[/name]-[name]Anna[/name] rather than [name]Vivi[/name]-Ahna, though it doesn’t bother me as I find most names acceptable with both [name]Anna[/name] and [name]Ana[/name] spellings (prefer [name]Anna[/name] but that’s just me). [name]Issac[/name] though does bother me, it looks as though you can’t spell [name]Isaac[/name] and it’s not even as though you’re changing the spelling to an equally legit one like [name]Vivianna[/name].

Hmmm - Reminds me of a [name]Michael[/name] I know spelled ‘[name]Micheal[/name]’. He said his mom wanted to be a little different. Different is the word alright. All she did was give her grown son 30 years (so far) of name misspellings and the [name]CONSTANT[/name] need to correct everyone.

It is possible that she didn’t know how to spell [name]Isaac[/name]. I know a Korean woman with an American daughter named [name]Jinnifer[/name]. I asked her if that spelling had anything to do with a Korean name, and she said no. In fact, she was still fairly knew to [name]America[/name], and English, when she gave birth, and in the hospital she couldn’t remember if [name]Jennifer[/name] had an i or an e. She asked the nurses for help, but they told her they were forbidden from giving any naming advice to patients. So she went with what sounded right to her, only to find out soon after she’d spelled it wrong. At the time she didn’t understand how to go about changing it, which is why her daughter has that ridiculous spelling - which for the record, her mother also hated.

I agree with you completely on [name]Issac[/name]. According to nameberry, it is a legitimate spelling though. With [name]Vivianna[/name], to be honest, I prounounce it with th AHNA ending. COuld just be my mind set.

I wouldn’t automatically assume she didn’t know how to spell their names and I definitely wouldn’t bring it up to her like a pp mentioned. If that’s how she likes them spelled and pronounced that’s up to her. It really isn’t any different from all the [name]Catherine[/name]/[name]Katherine[/name]/[name]Kathryn[/name] or any other unique spelling variations. Assuming she doesn’t know how to spell really makes you sound pretentious.

Disagree. Of course it’s rude to say “You can’t spell”. There’s nothing wrong with asking why someone spells their kid’s name a certain way.

[name]Do[/name] a quick google search and you’ll find stories of accidentally misspelled names

Suzzanah – But my mother misspelled my sisters middle name! Her middle name is Suzzanah, but that’s not the ‘correct’ spelling. She found out later that it’s Suzannah, so she accidenly put two Z’s instead of 2 N’s…

Nichole – My sisters middle child is Katlyn Nichole. It was not meant to be spelled wrong, she meant Katelyn Nicole, but she was 7 weeks early in a traumatic delivery and she was still hopped up on all kinds of drugs when she filled it out.

Abagail – My step mom did this. She named my sister Abagail. She didn’t realize until after she was born and people were sending gifts and cards written to “Abigail” that she didn’t spell it the traditional way. She figured oh well.

Machelle - I worked with a girl named machelle. She said her dad filled out the paperwork and didn’t know how to spell michelle.

Cathrine – Mine is supposed to be spelled Catherine, but its spelled Cathrine. She didn’t notice until I was 13. It’s a pain in the ass because I always have to try and remember to spell it the way it is on my certificate on all legal documents

I found out when I had to get my baptismal certificate that in my birth certificate I’m Jennifer Cristina, but I was baptised as Jennifer Cristhine. Wth? I had to fill out paperwork to get it changed to Cristina.

I’m not saying mistakes don’t happen, I’m just saying no good can come from pointing it out to her. Maybe she’d take it lighthearted, but most likely you’d hurt her feelings and sound like a know-it-all.

Names can be a sensitive subject. Unless you are known for asking people why they chose a traditional spelling, asking why they close a variant could make you appear like you’re trying to trap them into admitting that’s not how its spelled. Some people out there really like [name]Brooklynn[/name] but you don’t assume they’ve never seen a map.