The More Spellings.. The More Difficult

[name_m]Lleyton[/name_m]. [name_m]Layton[/name_m]. [name_u]Leighton[/name_u].

when hearing the name my initial thought is [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m], than [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] and last [name_u]Leighton[/name_u]. i love the name but i have many reservations - starting with the spelling!!

  • which spelling would you use on a girl?

being australian, there is a famous tennis player [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m] [name_m]Hewitt[/name_m]. i wonder if one, naming my daughter [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m] would draw the connection but two, the spelling would probably make people actually ask if i named my daughter after him. i don’t find anything wrong or bad about this association and i think i would be okay explaining she was not named after him

  • would you still use this exact spelling of the name?

i also feel [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] feels/looks the most feminine with the drawn out [name_u]Leigh[/name_u] but it isn’t my favourite spelling. will [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m] or [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] have pronunciation or spelling issues, or because of the connection to the tennis player will it be fine in Aus

  • do you see any perceived pronunciation issues with [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m] vs [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] vs [name_m]Layton[/name_m]?

[name_u]Leighton[/name_u] reminds me of [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] Meester. It’s lovey and perfectly rough and tumble!

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I like [name_m]Layton[/name_m]. Second pick would be [name_u]Leighton[/name_u]!

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[name_u]Leighton[/name_u] is my favorite spelling for a girl!

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I think [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] is more feminine than [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m], and I’ve never seen [name_m]Layton[/name_m] be used. It’s a very preppy and trendy feeling name to me, although I don’t think it’s really that popular. I don’t perceive pronunciation issues with [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] or [name_m]Layton[/name_m], and I think [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m] is fairly intuitive to pronounce but may be difficult for people to remember how to spell.

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I personally prefer [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] for a girl & [name_m]Layton[/name_m] for a boy. I’ve never seen [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m] before but it looks interesting and I wouldn’t have any trouble pronouncing it.

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Yes, these are my thoughts exactly.

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I am not Australian, so I do not know about the soccer player. I like [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] on a girl, I’ve always though “[name_u]Leigh[/name_u]…” looks feminine and pretty. I think I would probably initially spell this lame as [name_m]Layton[/name_m], but I do not think the pronunciation is difficult. I really like the sound of the name!

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[name_u]Leighton[/name_u] is my favourite spelling!

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thanks for all your replies! i thought the same thing about the “[name_u]Leigh[/name_u]” looks and feels more feminine but that doesn’t bother me about [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m]. i haven’t heard of [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] Meester, i wonder if that would be more of a connection over [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m] [name_m]Hewitt[/name_m] - if you weren’t a sporting fan…

[name_u]Leighton[/name_u] seems the most feminine to me. I’d also point out that the ‘Ll’ is pronounced differently in different languages, so you might get some interesting variations on the name if you go with [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m]!

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[name_m]Layton[/name_m] seems the most straight foward to me

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For a girl, I prefer [name_u]Leighton[/name_u]. Otherwise, if it were a boy, I would go for [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m].

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I would use [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] just looks the prettiest and it’s how I would spell the name

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Go with the spelling you like the best, I like the look of [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m] though I’m more familiar with [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] because of the actress [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] Meester, as I am a lady of a certain age.

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I prefer [name_u]Leighton[/name_u]. I have only ever seen [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] used for a girl. [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] Meester comes to mind for me as well (Gossip Girl). I’m Canadian and we had a politician with the last name [name_m]Layton[/name_m], so I associate that as a more masculine spelling. I haven’t seen [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m] before. All the best!

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I personally dislike the name, although this may be due to a not so nice place near where I live being called [name_m]Leyton[/name_m].

[name_m]Layton[/name_m] looks pretty ugly, in my opinion, to put it bluntly and [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] is very much a boys name in my head. I would use [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m].

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I’m not really a fan of [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m]. Seems like an extra letter for no reason.

I like [name_m]Layton[/name_m], because it’s pretty straightforward, and it would rarely be mispronounced.
I also like [name_u]Leighton[/name_u], although some may mispronounce it and say [name_u]Lee[/name_u]-ton.
Have you thought about [name_m]Leyton[/name_m]?

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I prefer the [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] spelling. The double L in [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m] just isn’t very attractive to me, and I think [name_m]Layton[/name_m] looks the most masculine.

I was familiar with the actress [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] Meester, but before I heard her name pronounced, I thought it was [name_u]Lee[/name_u]-ton. However, as people are more familiar with her, I think the pronunciation becomes less of an issue.

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i have and did but i don’t really like it unfortunately…

i’m torn between [name_m]Lleyton[/name_m] and [name_u]Leighton[/name_u] but i guess it will be a decision for the future! thanks for all your wonderful help!