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How would you spell Fern/Ferne/Fearne??

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Justnapping Fri 19-Feb-16 12:40:42

I'm 23 weeks pregnant and this is my girl's name but I need some help! How would you spell it? I'd prefer to go for the most "common" form of spelling but I don't know which that would be as I haven't met anyone in real life with this name... Thanks

SparklyPenguin Fri 19-Feb-16 12:43:13

However you like it! I like the classic Fern though. Fearne looks like it'd be pronounced 'Feern' to me.

DramaAlpaca Fri 19-Feb-16 12:44:15

I was just coming on to say exactly what SparklyPenguin said!

KatieT12 Fri 19-Feb-16 12:59:44

I like Fern, it's a nature name! However, Ferne would be my second choice. Many nature names get an e added, to make it for of a name. E.g. Skye smile

LettuceLaughton Fri 19-Feb-16 13:12:32

Yes, I'd stick with Fern too.

Meeep Fri 19-Feb-16 13:25:28

Fern is lovely.
The other ones look too fussy to me.

Sophronia Fri 19-Feb-16 13:33:37

I'd spell it Fern. I think Fearne only became a spelling because of Fearne Cotton.

DiscordiaVanDiemen Fri 19-Feb-16 13:33:57

Fern is prettiest (the only one I know is a dog, but she's very cute!)

Justnapping Fri 19-Feb-16 14:02:44

Thanks! Fern was my original but then I got sidetracked by Fearne Cotton. Thanks for your help!!

PolovesTubbyCustard Fri 19-Feb-16 15:33:15


Quercus3 Fri 19-Feb-16 19:15:38

Fern, lovely name smile

IsEatBedThyme Fri 19-Feb-16 19:56:35

I'd spell it Fern because Fearne has FEAR in it.

MamaLazarou Sat 20-Feb-16 10:54:28

Fern, definitely.

WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Sat 20-Feb-16 10:57:55

In order of preference...

Ferne. This is the only name spelling I have known friends with

Fern. The plant, but easily recognised.

Fearne. No. Too messy. Even autocorrect wasn't happy!

Sofiria Sat 20-Feb-16 11:39:10

Definitely Fern. I'd want to pronounce Fearne as 'Feern.'

leoniethelioness Sat 20-Feb-16 12:21:18


ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 20-Feb-16 12:23:16

I don't like the a .

So Fern or Ferne.

kaymondo Sat 20-Feb-16 14:01:09

This is interesting - I would have immediately said Fearne, the other spellings don't look 'finished' to me. But then I don't know any in real life so am probably swayed by Fearne Cotton being the one I'm most familiar with.

maggiethemagpie Sat 20-Feb-16 20:05:02

Lovely name. Fern.

Monica101 Sat 20-Feb-16 20:14:38

Ferne or Fern, I would instinctively spell it Ferne now because of Cotton but Fern is probably the most classic choice, unfussy is usually the most timeless.

PennyHasNoSurname Sat 20-Feb-16 20:15:51

Fearne but I do love Ms Cotton!

ddeemummy Sat 20-Feb-16 20:27:47

Fern - nice and simple smile

Justnapping Sun 21-Feb-16 09:41:25

Seems like there is no obvious answer! I'm going back and forth between Fern and Ferne at the moment...!

Chapsie Sun 21-Feb-16 09:51:48

Even with a simple name like that your child will still have to explain how to spell it as they grow up.

Kate3003 Sun 21-Feb-16 14:49:40

I have got a fearne and she constantly has to spell out her name.... I wish I had gone with Fern but I felt the Fearne spelling was somehow more substantial!

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