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Which Way to Spell Baby Girls Name?

So my husband and i have picked out our little girls name we just can't seem to agree on spelling....I like Harlee Quinn and he likes Harleigh Quinn...im only 20 weeks so we has time to decide which way but I'm just courious which way others prefer? TIA I should add his Point about pronouncing it our son is Stephen (steven) James and people mess his name up.

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So What Happened?™

@BVic my son picked the name and I know I'll get crap for it but he picked it because he LOVES batman and Harley Quinn is Jokers girlfriend.
Also "Harley" is NOT a spelling we considering
@ all the negative nancys agains the name Harlee Quinn because you combine the TWO names giving it a specific meaning well when you ASSUME we will call her Harlee Quinn instead of Harlee with Quinn being her MIDDLE name....and at the poster who said my son has a beautiful name blah blah to be honest I HATE my sons name!! It mean alot to my husband and that's why it's his name, not because I liked it, trust me he would have been Mirko James if it were
Solely up to me...

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I think Harley would be fine.
I'm not fond of odd spellings for names.
I know someone who named their son Eric but spelled it Airich.
They were already tired of explaining the spelling by the time he was in kindergarten.
Additional:
Harley (however you spell it) by itself is cute, but the Quinn will make her a joke through school and possibly beyond.
I suppose if she marries and becomes Mrs Davis she'll be Harley Davis, but she's going to get tired of the motorcycle reference fairly quickly.
Amanda Quinn would be nice, as would Harleigh Ann.

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My daughter's name is Harley. She gets compliments on her name left and right!!!! She is 10 and we have met no others by this name. Great choice!!!
Harlee is a good way to spell it. Harleigh would be very hard for a little girl to spell and write.

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I have seen it spelled several different ways for a girl. Harley, Harlie, Harlee, and even Harleigh. I think however you guys want to spell it is fine, it's a lovely name too.

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I'm really surprised that both you and another person said people couldn't pronounce "Stephen" properly. The problem isn't with how it's spelled, it's with people's ignorance about the fact it's a perfectly normal spelling, just as normal as "Steven."

I agree with the folks who posted that they would not name a child Harlee Quinn, whatever the spelling. It will make your daughter's life a pain and not just for the years her classmates are studying the middle ages and figure out what a "harlequin" is. When she's older, will she really want to have "Harlee Quinn" on a business card, or use it when she's at a professional conference or whatever? If you love Harlee or Harley or Harleigh, fine, but the Quinn rather reduces it to a joke or a film reference. Not a name to live with into old age, really, is it? It's cute that your son wants to name the baby but think about her when she's older, not about what he thinks is cool now.

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Neither. Your son loves Batman. Great. He's a kid. He'll love Spidey next year... Mary Jane? No way. Harlee or Harleigh is fine. Quinn is fine. Together- no matter how you look at it, you've named your child after a cartoon character.

Why not name her something that she won't have to defend for the rest of her life. My husband likes to joke that he wants to name our child "Zack Morris", but do you honestly think that would fly?

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Neither.

I like the name but I would never name my child after a cartoon character.

She has to live with this name the rest of her life and she will be the one ridiculed in school about it. Then think about after high school, do you think she would get much respect if she were a lawyer, etc. it would be a cute stripper name but I would not set my child up for that one.

I am sorry if I sound brutal but I think long term on names, not cutsey, odd spelled things that would end up being an embarrassemet for my child in the long run... as in when she is elderly as well.

Childhood is hard enough on all kids with normal names, attitudes, etc. what add stress?

I would not leave something this critical up to a child to name a sibling. Let your son name the gerbil, dog or cat a cartoon character.

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I like Harley and I like Quinn, but I have to tell you that the whole name automatically makes me think of a "Harlequin", which is a type of clown from old plays (and also of Harlequin romances). Maybe that's what you're going for?

Ha, ha! Just saw your response! Yes, I forgot about "Harley Quinn" from Batman. My son is crazy over Batman too. Good luck!

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My grandpa's name is Harley.
I'd figure on the simpler spelling version just to make it easier for her to learn and for others to spell later on.
Harlee or Harlie seems much better to me than Harleigh. You'll be having to teach her the silent G rule at a very young age ;)

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I like Harlee, but not paired with Quinn because it reminds me of the romance novels.

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Your sons name is a wonderful name and I'm so glad you didn't get the chance to call your son Mirko. Yuck. Sorry honey... If you don't want opinions, don't ask for them.

I don't like Harlee or Harleigh. It does make me think of Harlequin Romance books. But do what you want. Your child has every opportunity to change it later.

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We get the Stephen thing in our family.

Personally I would not name a child Harlee Quinn. It will be brutal when they get to middle school and learn about the middle ages. It's the equivalent of naming a child Chanda Lier, or Justin DeForrest and DeForrest is his middle name.

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I agree with the mom who said it would be a great stripper name. Your daughter is going to have this name for the rest of her life. Would you like to be named after a comic book character?

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Harley Quinn... Harlequin like the ichthyosis babies? Oh, please, please don't do that to your baby. Your son has a wonderful, beautiful name. Doesn't your daughter deserve the same?

Edit: What's Mirko? A diminuitive of Miroslav? Now see, James Miroslav nicknamed Mirko I could go for. Unusual, uncommon, and legit. But yes your son has a wonderful name and it will serve him well. He'll thank you when he's a successful business man.

But seriously, have you looked up Harlequin babies? It's really important that you do since you're considering this as a name for your daughter, otherwise I would never suggest anyone look for this and subject themselves to the images of those poor babies.

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I think Harley would be fine.
I'm not fond of odd spellings for names.
I know someone who named their son Eric but spelled it Airich.
They were already tired of explaining the spelling by the time he was in kindergarten.
Additional:
Harley (however you spell it) by itself is cute, but the Quinn will make her a joke through school and possibly beyond.
I suppose if she marries and becomes Mrs Davis she'll be Harley Davis, but she's going to get tired of the motorcycle reference fairly quickly.
Amanda Quinn would be nice, as would Harleigh Ann.

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My daughter's name is Harley. She gets compliments on her name left and right!!!! She is 10 and we have met no others by this name. Great choice!!!
Harlee is a good way to spell it. Harleigh would be very hard for a little girl to spell and write.

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I am assuming you know that the actual meaning of "harlequin" is a buffoon or clown, right? It's totally your choice, but I just wanted to make sure you thought that one through pretty good before deciding on it. I wanted to name my daughter Claudia, but when I found out it meant "lame", I decided against it. lol
Anyway, I like Harleigh.

Congrats on the baby girl! Girls rule!

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Of the two I prefer Harlee Quinn. I like that both names have double letters in them.

Cute name by the way :)

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I have seen it spelled several different ways for a girl. Harley, Harlie, Harlee, and even Harleigh. I think however you guys want to spell it is fine, it's a lovely name too.

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Wait you're letting your son pick your daughters name. What if he said Catwoman?
Don't name you child after a comic book character SHE will have to live with it the rest of her life.
AS far as spelling goes , either way is said the same way, Harleigh is different , Harlee looks like you are trying to hard to be different.

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I like both, but I have to say that Harleigh is MUCH more feminine....and either way, people will spell it wrong. Harlee could be a man, but Harleigh, you'd have to be plain stupid to miss that one.

Harley is such a popular girl's name right now.

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Personally, I'd spell it Harley! :) But I think either of your spellings would be fine. I like names that are slightly different. I would use a different middle name bc of the meaning of harlequin. (although I do like the name Quinn.)
Definition of harlequin: 1. a character in comedy and pantomime with a shaved head, masked face, variegated tights, and wooden sword 2. buffoon

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I like 'Harlee' but maybe that's because I have a little Harlee in my life that I love dearly (not my own, but someone very close). And I don't really get the desire to have a name that people won't misspell. Probably because my name has NEVER been spelled correctly on the first try... Haha. Who cares if they misspell it and she has to correct them? I don't think that should carry any weight in your choice for spelling. I like names spelled a bit differently.

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I would only suggest that you use the common spelling "Harley" because she will get sick of correcting everyone's spelling of her name for the rest of her life :)

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That's plain silly that people mess up Stephen! Did they go to school, lol!?!

Harley has always been the standard spelling for the name but don't worry what people think. I personally prefer standard spellings for names because meanings usually are tied to the way they have been spelled historically but all spellings are fine. You and your husband duke it out and I'm sure both of you will be OK as soon as that little one arrives!

Congratulations!
M.

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I like the name a lot. I would go with Harlee. I don't understand why some people are getting so upset with what you are deciding to name YOUR child.

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I like the "Harlee" spelling; it's different. The other spelling would probably be hard for her to spell but she'd get it eventually. Did you realize that "Harlequin" is also a series of Romance Novels? Good luck!

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Harlee Quinn is beautiful!

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I like Harlee (Or as another person suggested 'Harlie') better because Harleigh looks like it would be pronounced like Harlay instead of Harlee.

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I'd spell it Harlee..... :0)
All the people passing judgement, you are more than likely just going to call her HARLEE, not Harlee Quinn... My son's name is Banyan James but we call him BANYAN...

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Hate to disagree but I much prefer the way your DH spelled it.
Leigh is the feminine version of Lee.
And so much prettier looking to me.
I cannot imagine why anyone would mispronounce it.
Of course, I can't imagine how anyone could mispronounce Stephen either...
People are strange.

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I was named after my dad & I hated that fact that I could never find anything w/the female version of Jerry my parent gave me G.. As dumb as it sounds, I still go to those racks looking for a pen, or an ornament or something spelled w/my name spelled on it. My oldest is Samantha - Sami for short, but still Samantha and my youngest Haley, they both have anything and everything that comes w/in their names!!!!!!!!!! So all that blabbing aside, I'd go w/the original spelling of her name, Harley. Good Luck

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haha, I'm glad you know that it was Jokers girlfriend.. My husband is a big Batman freak and the name made me think of Batman right away.. Thought it was quite a coincidence, but you know where it comes from.. It's a very cute name though.. I think I would go for Harleigh as someone else said it's a very feminine form of the name.. and I know all about the mispronunciation of names.. I have a very simple name M., but people would pronounce it as Mary all the time growing up.. it's going to happen no matter what at some point.. good luck with your pregnancy..

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My old friend and his girlfriend just had a little girl last week, they named her Harley Quinn.

I don't care for either spelling really, but if I had to choose a favorite the one that jumps out at me the most is Harleigh.

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I vote for Harleigh.

Harlee and Harlie strike me as nickname material.

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It sounds like your husband got the final say in your son's naming. You both like the name you chose for your daughter. I say it would be quite fair that YOU at least get to pick the spelling for this child's name.

I will say my middle name is Leigh. As I child I thought the spelling was odd and sometimes I would actually write it "Lee." I like it now as an adult, because it appears more feminine, but I wasn't crazy about it when I was growing up.

Also, I wouldn't care one bit that it is a cartoon character's name (most people would not even know that, I did not), or that it is close to "Harlequin." It's a GREAT name, and what a great story to tell about how your son picked it out!

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Harlee is a more error free pronunciation, simple, and easy.

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Here's how I look at it...
Everyone's name can be a source of teasing in school, even the more plain and common ones. So just name your kid what you want.
I like Harlee. =)

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I like the "Harleigh" spelling, but the appropriate spelling might just depend on your little girl's personality. "Harlee" seems like more of a tomboy, while the other spelling seems more like a girly girl. Either one could wear a pixie or short bob cut, though.

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as for which is easier to tell the pronunciation, the first one. I can see how to say it right away with Harlee, and it will be easier for her to learn to write. I don't like the way you husband has it spelled, and I think it actually makes the pronunciation for difficult to see clearly. I would Def go with Harlee.

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I know a HARLEY a girl.
Personally, I prefer Harlee.
But my ex had a dog named Harley so maybe that's why I don't like the other spelling. Harleigh..... eh..... it's alright I guess. But Harlee is better IMO.

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Harlee won't be mispronounced. Harleigh may be pronounced "Har-Lay," so that's an issue, I guess. Harlie? :) I don't know, I think the thing is whether or not it will be pronounced correctly. Congrats. :)

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The director Kevin Smith (Chasing Amy, Clerks, Dogma, Mallrats, Cop Out) named his daughter that same name.
Hers is spelled "Harley Quinn".

She is named after the comic book character "Harlequin".

Good luck!

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Thats a pretty name.......Harleigh is a more feminine way to spell it in my opinion.

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I think it's a great name and just so you know not everyone in the whole world will refer to it as a cartoon characters name. I don't watch Batman, never really liked the super hero stuff so I didn't know that. Learn something new everyday.

Anyway, I have a unique spelling, so does my husband and we carried on the tradition with our kids. We have a Sydnee (so I am partial to Harlee) and a Cael (Kale). Good luck!

ETA: yes I am always correcting the spelling, but in time I have just learned that when I want to make sure the names are spelled correctly I spell it when I say it...i.e. Her name is Sydney that is spelled S y d n e e...and more often than not I get "oh what a great way to spell that".

I like Harlee Quinn. It reminds me of "Harlequin" which reminds me of romance novels. ;o)

I don't know WHERE some of these ladies get these strange ideas.

Sorry, I only like Harley. Harley itself is a bit on the unique side for a girls name. I grew up with a name that was mispronounced and misspelled all the time and wouldn't do it to my kids personally. Harley would be how 99% of people assume it's spelled, Harleigh is harder than Harlee, and I just think names that end in ee are for little kids only, not adults! Sorry to have to be honest! If I HAVE to pick one of your spellings, I'd say Harlee is the best spelling.

Interesting name. I prefer Harleigh. Although learning to spell the name in Kindergarten may be a bit difficult your daughter will love her name because it is so unique. Good luck!

I vote for Harlee or Harlie! Congratulations!!! :)

Harlee Quinn looks better to me. My husband and me have worked it out as I pick the first name and he picks the middle name, we have to agree on both so we narrow it down to three each. Our two daughters are Viviana Shamai (pronounced Sha-my) and Valencia Isabel. We are planning on #3 so who knows what we'll come up with. As long as you both agree on it, that's all that matters. I think Harlee is a cute name. : )

If I was choosing this name, I'd spell it Harleigh. My daughter is Kayleigh.

Could you compromise with Harlie? That's pretty....

I love it! I prefer the Harlee just because my maiden name is Lee ;)

I like Harlee - it's fun! Harleigh is more proper, but I love the name!! And I love the name Quinn too - my friend's son has that name and I just love it!! Two of my kids have names that can go either way, one is a girl and one is a boy...so no negative comments there...but I love the name!

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