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Old 02-13-2008, 11:07 PM
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Baby name debate: Colin or Collin?

My wife and I are expecting a young'n soon, and we're having trouble with the name. We've pretty much decided on Colin, but she think it should be Collin, while to me Colin seems like the more "normal" version of the name.

What say the teeming millions? When you hear the name do you assume it's spelled with one L or two? Do you have a preference otherwise? Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:08 PM
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One L. The other option will subject your child to Correction Hell for the entirety of his life, and he will hate you. Nobody wants that, least of all your wife!
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:10 PM
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One L. Two L's looks like the name is missing an S.
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:10 PM
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Thirded, Colin.
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:11 PM
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BTW, an easy way to settle your next such dispute is a quick Google search:

colin: almost 80 million hits
collin: 13 million hits

Not even close.
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:19 PM
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Colin. Collin looks like a last name missing a letter. Colin looks classy.
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:55 PM
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Colin
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:59 PM
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Please don't name your kid Collin nor Colon.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:11 AM
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One L.

However, Hostile Dialect notwithstanding, I'm afraid you're doomed to Correction Hell whatever you do. Calling our daughter Rachel (Google: 98 million hits) versus Rachael (14 million) hasn't stopped the world and their spouse all wanting to sneak that extra little "a" into her name at every possible opportunity (Great-granny still hasn't got it figured after 4 Christmases)

But at least you won't be further contributing to the problem.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:25 AM
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Oh, sure, most people are in Correction Hell. The difference is whether you want the 70 million or the 13 million to be wrong. Which one would be more irritating?
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:15 AM
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Colin looks classy.
You have obviously met very few Colins (at least of the British variety)
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:52 AM
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Colin!
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Colin.
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:20 AM
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Definitely one l. A year ago, I was working in the IT department of a bulk mailer and spent a fair amount of time removing duplicate names from mailing lists. If I'd seen "Colin Smith" and "Collin Smith" at the same address and I had to delete one as a duplicate, I would have deleted the second one.
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:25 AM
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One L.
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:31 AM
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Col'n.
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:32 AM
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Now that's decided, how about Caitlyn or Caitlin?
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:07 AM
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I saw Collin for the first time ever the other day (commercial for Jon & Kate Plus 8?) and thought, "Well, at least people will pronounce it right." I remember reading The Secret Garden as a kid and not being sure whether it should be kah-lin or cole-in.

That said, I'd never spell my kid's name wrong just to accommodate other people's ignorance. Colin.
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:31 AM
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My ex-wife's name was Karon. People use to correct it for her to Karen even when she had personally filled in forms. It was less amusing when legal documents would arrive with her name "corrected" so that they were no longer valid and we would have to send them back to be redrafted.

So I vote for Collllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllllin.

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Old 02-14-2008, 08:53 AM
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As a Colin, I vote for one L. As I get older, more and more people are pronouncing it correctly. When I was little, I'd say it was maybe one in five.

To be fair, just the other day, a colleague at work called me "Collin" in an email despite the fact that my correctly spelled name was clearly visible in the "To" line.
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:01 AM
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Kolin.

That'll fuck 'em.
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:43 AM
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Colin, one l. However, if you insist on unconventional spelling, the hot trend is to go all out. Kawl'lymn would be about right.
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:44 AM
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Colin. The only "Collin" I've ever heard of is country singer Collin Raye, but I've known plenty of "Colins."
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:43 AM
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If baby had been due about 7 weeks ago I'd suggest "Coin".

Since baby was *not* due in December, I'll cast another vote for "Colin".

"Coin" = "Colin" with, "no L". Hah hah, I slay me!
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:51 AM
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Colin, for sure.
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:59 AM
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I knew a Collin. And his comment regarding his name was as follows:
"yeah, Dad was #$%^& drunk at the hospital, and he's the one who filled out the forms"
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:13 PM
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Find a good tool like First Names on the Census.
This one provides a ranking based on how common the name is.
COLIN # 378
COLLIN # 739

My name is apparently the most common
James #1
My son's is in the 20s, my wife's in the 700s and my daughter's is off the charts.

Another good tool: http://namestatistics.com/faq.php but it uses the same stats as the last one.

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Old 02-14-2008, 12:26 PM
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I vote for the classic 1 L Colin.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:32 PM
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I vote for Colin classic.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:40 PM
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To be fair, just the other day, a colleague at work called me "Collin" in an email despite the fact that my correctly spelled name was clearly visible in the "To" line.
Christ, who hasn't done that at work and then embarrassedly noticed it after the fact?


One "L."
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:41 PM
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I knew a Collin. And his comment regarding his name was as follows:
"yeah, Dad was #$%^& drunk at the hospital, and he's the one who filled out the forms"
And that's why my father never had a middle name! (True story.)
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Old 02-14-2008, 01:34 PM
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Colin.

But with a rock-umlaut over the 'l'.
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Old 02-14-2008, 01:42 PM
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Colin.
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I have a somewhat conventional name with a bizarre spelling. I actually like it a lot, and I don't mind in the least having to spell it out all the time. It gives me an excuse to be nit-picky and make sure the the other person did, in fact, get my name correct, letter for letter.

But in my case I was named after a girl that my parents knew when they lived abroad, so when people ask why I spell it the way I do, then I actually do have an interesting story to tell them. If I had to explain over and over, "Oh, my mom thought that extra J in there would be cute" I would not be so amused.

So if you wife doesn't have any reason for "COLLIN" other than she likes the letter "L", then I vote for "COLIN" as well.
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Old 02-14-2008, 02:41 PM
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I vote for "Bob".

No one screws that one up.
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Old 02-14-2008, 02:45 PM
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I'm going to buck the trend here and say two Ls. Collin.

IMDB shows way more people named Collin than Colin. here
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Old 02-14-2008, 03:15 PM
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And most of those are last names or AKAs. AKAs strike me as being either mistakes (on the part of some/all of the people responsible for giving the person credit), translations, or maybe even attempts to make searching easier for the spelling-impaired.
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Old 02-14-2008, 03:17 PM
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As a Colin, I vote for one L. As I get older, more and more people are pronouncing it correctly. When I was little, I'd say it was maybe one in five.

To be fair, just the other day, a colleague at work called me "Collin" in an email despite the fact that my correctly spelled name was clearly visible in the "To" line.
This kind of thing happens to me all the time, which I don't mind, because I have to (grudgingly) admit that there are two equally legitimate spellings of my name, and I know people write e-mails fast and all that. But, I draw the line at an acquaintance of mine who addressed an e-mail to me spelled the wrong way...despite the fact that it is her name also, and she spells it the same way I do!

I would spell it with one L, just to try to avoid his having to say "Colin with two L's" for the rest of his life, the way I have to say "Sarah with an H" every single time.

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Old 02-14-2008, 03:19 PM
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I'm going to buck the trend here and say two Ls. Collin.

IMDB shows way more people named Collin than Colin. here
I provided hard census data, why would that be trumped by IMDB data?

On preview I see Hostile Dialect already noted that your search is showing many if not mostly last names.

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Old 02-14-2008, 04:03 PM
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Colin.
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:21 PM
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It's spelled "Colin." Why saddle your kid with Correction Hell?

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Now that's decided, how about Caitlyn or Caitlin?
Neither. Too trendy.
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:38 PM
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Colin. Might as well spell it correctly.
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BTW, an easy way to settle your next such dispute is a quick Google search:

colin: almost 80 million hits
collin: 13 million hits

Not even close.
So, Slacker, do you think she's likely to accept the results of the Google Fight?
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:48 PM
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This isn't like Katherine and Catherine, where there are two common ways to spell the name. If you name your kid Collin, for the rest of his life, people are just going to assume that his parents are lousy spellers. One L, please.
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:50 PM
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Kolin.

That'll fuck 'em.

Kolyn. Double fucked.
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:52 PM
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Now that's decided, how about Caitlyn or Caitlin?
Cathleen. That's how that damned name is properly pronounced anyway.
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:28 PM
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Col'n.
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:31 PM
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This kind of thing happens to me all the time, which I don't mind, because I have to (grudgingly) admit that there are two equally legitimate spellings of my name, and I know people write e-mails fast and all that. But, I draw the line at an acquaintance of mine who addressed an e-mail to me spelled the wrong way...despite the fact that it is her name also, and she spells it the same way I do!

I would spell it with one L, just to try to avoid his having to say "Colin with two L's" for the rest of his life, the way I have to say "Sarah with an H" every single time.

Doesn't help. "Is that Greg with one G or two?" "Two, if it only had one, would it go on the beginning or the end?"
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:39 PM
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That's just whoosed several continents' worth of Dopers.
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