Isabelle - I just think it's more attractive. I don't dislike Isabel, though, and I sometimes use it in combos if it feels right. Clare - It's a family name for me when spelled this way. Catherine - Always my fave, but I'm really okay with any of the "Big 4" spellings of Catherine. I prefer Kathryn over Katherine. Kay - The E in Kaye looks wrong. Evelyn - I don't consider Aveline to be Evelyn in an alternate spelling. Sarah - I like Sara, too. Mark - I'd use Marc if I wanted a nn for Marcus, but Mark on its own. Luke - Luc would just be a hassle where I live, and I have no justification for using it. Jack - Same with Jacques (or Jaques). Niamh - I don't want to pronounce Neve the same way...more like NEV than NEEV. If you want Niamh, might as well go for broke and spell it correctly. Shawn or Sean - I'm neutral toward both. I used Shaun in a story, and I it's probably my favorite spelling now. I feel a little guilty about that. Celine - It takes out the seh-LEEN vs seh-LEE-nee pronunciation question. Kristina - I'm not sure why I like this more, but I do. I prefer Christine over Kristine, though. Alan - I used to live in a place called Allen, so Alan seems more like a person's name. Allan would be my second choice, followed by Allen.
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