18 ways to spell girl's name means it beats Mohammed for diversity The girls' name Chantelle is now beating Mohammed for the most spelling variations thanks to grammatically creative parents, a trawl of official statistics over the past decade reveal.
While there are 14 variations of boys' name Mohammed, there are now more than 18 ways of writing the forename Chantelle, according to data published by the Office of National Statistics. While Chantelle, as used by Celebrity Big Brother star Chantelle Houghton, remains the most popular expression, the French name is also being written as Shantelle, Chawntelle and Chantielle, all with the same phonetic result. "This has sparked a free for all in spelling which people are copying in their children's names. "But Chantelle has always been a bit of a wild one because it's foreign, so people adapt it to their own liking." It is not the first time this has happened. During the 1930s, the US saw a huge rise in the spelling variations of the another French name Yvonne, with parents Christening their children Yvon, Yvonn, Ivonne and Evonne, to name a few. Holly Ivins, editor of Baby Names 2012, believes parents to use spelling to make their children stand out. She says: "Parents want their child to be memorable but not in a way which makes them too different. This is why people choose unusual spellings or ray ban 4099 variants of traditional names. "These names are in keeping with tradition but have a slight difference that helps that child stand out a little bit." She says it reflects a wider trend for individuality in a name, with half of British children no longer having their name included in Top 100 either due to the spelling or because the name is too unusual. It rose in popularity in 20th century France, where popular demand saw it added to an official list of names ray ban wayfarers price that parents were restricted to choose from when registering their child. But while its origins were French, now Cresswell says it is widely used throughout Britain. She says: "We live in a very multi cultural society where people different groups like to identify themselves by spelling names in a way that resonates with their community. "In the UK, different social groups that like the name put their own spelling twist on it to express their cultural identity." Names often went along the class system at the start of the 20th century, with bankers likely to be called Edwin, while postmen were ray ban 3359 often called Fred, ray ban new sunglasses 2016 according to new research. Anyone called Jim, Tom and John were likely to be found working as dustmen, butchers and cabbies, while the police service had a higher proportion of men called Ernest than any other profession. Miriam Silverman, of Ancestry, said: "While many of the patterns observed around names and jobs may be coincidental, it's clear that some names were more common among the upper classes in 20th century Britain, which is reflected in the common name differences between blue and white collar workers." Click the Adblock/Adblock Plus icon, which is to the right of your address bar.
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