Here is the ‘right’ way to spell 21 of the most popular names around.
You may ask what constitutes an unusual way to spell a name, and what’s the “normal” way to spell them?
Business Insider compared the most popular variations of common names – think Shawn or Shaun instead of the more popular Sean – using data from Names.org, which tracks the names of babies born in the US dating back to 1880.
The results were surprising: According to the records, there have been 345,000 babies named Alan born in the US since 1880, compared to 268,000 named Allen and just 94,000 named Allan.
Meanwhile, girls named Makayla outnumbered those named Michaela by more than 50,000 making it by far the most popular variant of that name.
Check out how Sara, Caitlyn, Steven, Alison, Erica and Lindsay rated below.
Are you surprised by some of these more popular spellings?
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