Spelling and Middle Name

We are having our second and probably last child. [name]Even[/name] though we are having a girl, we’d like to use my grandfather’s name [name]Clayton[/name].

Which spelling do you like better for a girl?

Which middle name do you like?
[name]Hayes[/name] (call her Hazey)
[name]Phoenix[/name] (call her [name]Nixi[/name])
or another name…

I like Cleighton better! And I thought of [name]Reese[/name] as a potential middle? I think that would be so sweet. From your list, I like [name]Phoenix[/name] best, especially for a spunky baby.

Thanks! I like the idea of [name]Reese[/name]. Good thinking…

I would not pronounce Cleighton as [name]Clayton[/name], but maybe that’s just me. I read it as Clee-ton, not [name]Clayton[/name]. Not sure if that matters to you or not, but just thought I’d share that. [name]Leigh[/name] usually is pronounced [name]Lee[/name], unless there is another pronunciation I’m not aware of. Since [name]Clayton[/name] is masculine, I would give her something feminine in the middle.

[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Elise[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Rose[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Elizabeth[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Annemarie[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Juliet[/name]

I think I’d still spell it [name]Clayton[/name] even for a girl. [name]Reese[/name] is a very cool middle name choice, as well.

TBH I would keep the spelling as [name]Clayton[/name]. [name]Clayton[/name] [name]Reese[/name] is nice.

I think a nature name would work best, [name]Phoenix[/name] isn’t my style but fits well with [name]Clayton[/name]

[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Maple[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] Bramble
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Winter[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Amber[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Lotus[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Willow[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Indigo[/name]

Thanks, everyone!

Why not [name]Clayton[/name] as a middle name with one of your suggested middle names in first spot?
Would the namesake have actually appreciated you naming a daughter after him?

[name]Both[/name] Claighton and Cleighton look convoluted to me. My middle name is [name]Leigh[/name], so when I read Cleighton, I read it as Cleeton, and I have a feeling a lot of people will do the same.

I see no reason why you can’t use the [name]Clayton[/name] spelling. I think a little girl named [name]Clayton[/name] would be cute.

I’m not really a fan of your selected middle names. I like [name]Hayes[/name], but I think it works best as [name]Hayes[/name] and I do not like Hazey (makes her sound ditzy). Some people would disagree, but I feel if you’re using an unusual name in the first spot, the middle name needs to be more grounded. I do not like filler names, but I think there are a lot of pretty, classic middle options out there.

What about:
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Lisbeth[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Irene[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Hazel[/name] (as a possible alternative to [name]Hayes[/name])
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Laurel[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Louise[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Aster[/name]

I like [name]Clayton[/name] a lot more than Cleighton or Claighton! The other two spelling seem needlessly confusing and honestly just aren’t aesthetically appealing to me, and I agree that I don’t think I would intuitively pronounce them like [name]Clayton[/name] if I saw them on paper. [name]Clayton[/name] just looks nicer and would be a lot easier. [name]Imagine[/name] a teacher reading off the roll for the first time - Cleighton or Claighton would likely get a long pause as the teacher tried to figure out the pronunciation (I can attest to this because my own name often gets this reaction), whereas [name]Clayton[/name] likely would not.

[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Hayes[/name] is is nice, but it definitely reads as male to me. [name]Do[/name] you like [name]Clayton[/name] [name]Hazel[/name] at all?

I like [name]Clayton[/name] [name]Kenzie[/name] for some reason.

[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Darcy[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Maisie[/name] / [name]Clayton[/name] [name]Maisy[/name]
[name]Clayton[/name] [name]Avery[/name]

I agree the [name]Clayton[/name] spelling is so much cleaner and simpler and also truer to the family. Lots of little girls are being named [name]Payton[/name] or [name]Peyton[/name] so it will fit in well enough. Cladie/Clatie (rhymes with [name]Katie[/name] and lady) is an old school girls nickname (I think from [name]Claire[/name]?) I’ve seen in old SSA charts that could be really cute for her as a nn if you like.

With [name]Clayton[/name] being unusual and masculine I’d really recommend going for a more common and feminine middle. [name]Clayton[/name] [name]Hayes[/name] I’m afraid really sounds like a law firm. I get [name]Hayes[/name] may be a family name too but it’s a bit much. Use three names if you really want - [name]Clayton[/name] [name]Isabel[/name] [name]Hayes[/name] or something. [name]Clayton[/name] [name]Hazel[/name] would be great. [name]Clayton[/name] [name]Hailey[/name] also sounds a little similar and is nice.

[name]Clayton[/name] Jenci -> What about [name]Clayton[/name] [name]Jenna[/name]? [name]Clayton[/name] [name]Jessa[/name]? Or [name]Clayton[/name] [name]Jessie[/name]? [name]Clayton[/name] [name]Quincy[/name] even? Still uni and unusual but a little mroe established.

Instead of [name]Phoenix[/name], [name]Clayton[/name] [name]Phoebe[/name]? [name]Clayton[/name] [name]Fiona[/name]?

Good luck!

I’m REALLY liking Cladie as a nickname!

I was just worried that [name]Clayton[/name] would have no chance on paper of ever seeming like a girl. I thought a different spelling would at least suggest she might be a girl, but you all seem in agreement you don’t like it. It’s so funny because all of my friends are in [name]LOVE[/name] with Cleighton [name]Hayes[/name] and that got booed all around here. I’m not sold on it, so it’s good to have input from everyone here. I like the idea of a more feminine middle name. I just like one syllable and because [name]Clayton[/name] has so many consonants I was looking for a softer middle name, which [name]Hayes[/name] fit.

I agree with using [name]Reese[/name] for the middle name.