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#1 Jelly11

Posted 03 November 2019 - 10:56 AM

I usually prefer the traditional spellings of names and want to steer clear of those that seem to be changed just for the sake of it. DP and I have been having some trouble agreeing on a name for baby girl due in the next couple of weeks but one name we both like is Jada. I like it spelled that way but DP thinks it looks too much like it would be pronounced Ja-duh with that spelling and would prefer Jayda. I'm not sure how I feel about it since, as I said, I generally prefer the traditional way. Thoughts?

#2 BadCat

Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:00 AM

I prefer it without the y and would pronounce it Jayda regardless.

I had the same kind of thing when I was naming DC1.  Left out the Y as I like it better without. They do get the mispronunciation a lot but it's easy to correct and has never been a big deal.

#3 ~J_F~

Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:09 AM

I know kids with both the spellings it pronounced exactly the same way for both, just one has an extra letter!!

#4 Astrocyte

Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:12 AM

I've met a few kids with this name and they have all had different spellings

-Jayda
-Jaeda
-Jaydah
- Jada

Whilst I'm not a fan of the name (prefer Jade) Ii would choose 'Jada' as the spelling. I think it's one of those names which people will have difficulty spelling the way you've chosen for the child, simply because there are many spelling variations. It's easy to pronounce whichever spelling you pick.

#5 rosie28

Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:14 AM

I agree with your husband, and would add the y to make sure it wasn’t constantly mispronounced.

#6 Ollie83

Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:35 AM

All the Jada’s I’ve known are spelt Jada and are all said Jay-da. I prefer traditional spellings.

#7 SeaPrincess

Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:38 AM

I prefer traditional spellings. Other than teachers, most people meet you before they see your name in writing, and whichever way you go, she’ll always be asked for the spelling.

#8 eponee

Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:41 AM

If you decide to forgo Jada, maybe consider naming your baby Sssst.  Pronounced 'Forest'

https://www.youtube....h?v=beeaVEUkaEw

Edited by eponee, 03 November 2019 - 11:43 AM.


#9 Expelliarmus

Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:45 AM

A family member has been known as Jada - pronounced Ja-duh so for me Jayda is the one that looks right. I actually didn't know Jada wasn't pronounced Ja-duh.

I guess when considering 'traditional' spelling you also need to consider who it's traditional for.

#10 Jelly11

Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:47 AM

View Posteponee, on 03 November 2019 - 11:41 AM, said:

If you decide to forgo Jada, maybe consider naming your baby Sssst.  Pronounced 'Forest'

https://www.youtube....h?v=beeaVEUkaEw
How inventive! That's up there with Jkmnop (No L/Noel) and Abcde (Absidee) 😂

Edited by Jelly11, 03 November 2019 - 11:47 AM.


#11 Jelly11

Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:49 AM

View PostExpelliarmus, on 03 November 2019 - 11:45 AM, said:

A family member has been known as Jada - pronounced Ja-duh so for me Jayda is the one that looks right. I actually didn't know Jada wasn't pronounced Ja-duh.

I guess when considering 'traditional' spelling you also need to consider who it's traditional for.

I have never seen it pronounced that way so that's good to know.

Edited by Jelly11, 03 November 2019 - 11:49 AM.


#12 lizzzard

Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:49 AM

It’s a bit of a non traditional name so I would be less concerned about the spelling being less traditional (I’m not even sure which way would be considered traditional vs non traditional in this case?). I think Jayda will lead to less mispronunciations

#13 zenkitty

Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:50 AM

Given it’s a fairly new name (unless you’re basing it on the male biblical name pronounced Yah-da) I don’t think there is a strongly ‘traditional’ spelling, so don’t worry about that aspect. Go with whatever spelling you like best.

#14 zenkitty

Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:51 AM

View Postlizzzard, on 03 November 2019 - 11:49 AM, said:

It’s a bit of a non traditional name so I would be less concerned about the spelling being less traditional (I’m not even sure which way would be considered traditional vs non traditional in this case?). I think Jayda will lead to less mispronunciations

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#15 Ellie bean

Posted 03 November 2019 - 12:05 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever met a Jada or Jayda so wouldn’t know the traditional spelling
I would have guessed that Jada is ja-duh so I think your husband has a point
Congratulations by the way!

#16 Weavile

Posted 03 November 2019 - 12:09 PM

View Postzenkitty, on 03 November 2019 - 11:50 AM, said:

Given it’s a fairly new name (unless you’re basing it on the male biblical name pronounced Yah-da) I don’t think there is a strongly ‘traditional’ spelling, so don’t worry about that aspect. Go with whatever spelling you like best.

I was thinking this. they're different names. If you want the "J" sound go with your husband, if you want "Y" then your spelling is the one to choose.

I have know two female Jada, both pronounced as Yah-da and they were of Turkish heritage.

Edited by Weavile, 03 November 2019 - 12:11 PM.


#17 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 03 November 2019 - 12:10 PM

I prefer traditional spellings but in this case I don't think the name is that common. People might have heard the actress Jada Pinkett Smith and would know how to pronounce it from that.

#18 Weavile

Posted 03 November 2019 - 12:10 PM

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Edited by Weavile, 03 November 2019 - 12:11 PM.


#19 zenkitty

Posted 03 November 2019 - 12:18 PM

View PostWannabeMasterchef, on 03 November 2019 - 12:10 PM, said:

I prefer traditional spellings but in this case I don't think the name is that common. People might have heard the actress Jada Pinkett Smith and would know how to pronounce it from that.

I know a few little Jaydas, but Jada Pinkett Smith is the only reference I have for that spelling & pronunciation combo.

#20 blimkybill

Posted 03 November 2019 - 12:20 PM

I don't think of Jada pronounced Jayda as a traditional name. I know of Jada Pinkett Smith but that's the only one. And I think in some cultures and languages, Jada would be pronounced Yahduh. So I would choose the Jayda spelling as that is fairly clear how to pronounce it.

#21 born.a.girl

Posted 03 November 2019 - 12:23 PM

I prefer Jada, and it wouldn't occur to me to pronounce it Jaddah, but I really can't say why, I don't know any.  I think I'd want to see the double d to pronounce it differently.  Not that the English language is always logical, and names certainly not.


I find adding the 'y' a little trendy, and wonder if in 40 years those Jaymes etc are going to be like the Jasons and Damiens of the seventies.

#22 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 03 November 2019 - 12:39 PM

i prefer Jada ...possibly because i only know of the name via Jada Pinkett Smith ....”Jayda” reminds me a bit of “jayden” “jaidyn..” - a name which has negative connotations for me ...but, tbf.....that’s a personal dislike of mine which maybe no one else would get....

Edited by Lucrezia Borgia, 03 November 2019 - 12:43 PM.


#23 kerilyntaryn

Posted 03 November 2019 - 12:46 PM

I usually prefer Traditional spellings but Jada often is pronounced Jad - a, I'd spell it Jayda or just go with Jade

#24 Gudrun

Posted 03 November 2019 - 01:03 PM

I think of Jada as 'traditional' as Jada Pinkett Smith. What your DH says is correct in theory but

since she is pronounced /jayda/ that's how I expect Jada to be pronounced.

In this instance I think tradition is irrelevant as are rules.

I think go with the spelling you think looks the best because it will have little bearing on how people pronounce it.

I think Jada looks better.

Edited by Gudrun, 03 November 2019 - 01:03 PM.


#25 Bam1

Posted 03 November 2019 - 01:43 PM

I think if someone pronouncing the name wrong is an issue, I’d go with a different name. Otherwise I’d go with the spelling that you like the best.




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