So this week, we've been spending time with an adorable girl named Charlie—but her formal name is Charlene, not the more popular Charlotte. (Charlene feels a little more unexpected, right?) So I started thinking about baby names that have a similar sound and feel, but might vary wildly in popularity.
It's a great exercise to consider doing yourself, if you like the sound of a name but don't like some aspect of it—it's too popular or too offbeat, or it reminds you of that mean girl from high school. You may find that perfect name is just a few letters away from your original baby name inspiration.
So, here's your baby naming challenge: What names do you almost love enough to use? And what alternatives would you suggest?
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