Just why do some names have two or three spellings? Well, we might just have some of the reasons why…

1. Is it Marc or Mark?

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Well, Marc is from Latin origin, and comes from the Roman name Marcus. Whereas Mark comes from old Latin and the holder of the name is a God of War. Mark Wahlberg is certainly a God of sexiness!

2. Pleased to meet you, Claire or Clare?

The name Claire is Latin, and it comes from the word ‘claris’, which means bright, clear and distinguished. Clare, on the other hand is the Medieval English form of Clara. It was traditionally considered male, but we’ve not met any bloke with this name, have you?

3. Shall we call you Ann or Anne?

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Ann was the name of Mary’s mother, from English origin. Anne is simply the French version of the name. And they both mean grace, just as Anne Hathaway represents.

4. Are you Gillian or Jillian?

Gillian is a Gaelic baby name, meaning St John’s servant. Whereas Jillian is a Latin baby name, which translates as youthful. So, don’t worry, if you’re a 90-year-old Gillian, you still have the face of a 16-year-old.

5. Is it spelt May or Mae?

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The names May and Mae both derive from Maia, the name of a Roman goddess of spring growth. It is also the another name of the hawthorn flower. So, whichever way it’s spelt, it still makes us think of Easter and daffodils.

6. Is your name Ray or Rae?

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Ray is actually a German name, and it means mighty protection – if this is your name, you guard your loved ones wisely. And Rae comes from Scotland – it simply translates as grace. We’d sure love hardman Ray Winstone to protect us if we ever got into a pickle!

7. Which one is it, Paige or Page?

Paige is used for both boys and girls, and it originates from Latin. It means young helper or child. And although Page comes from France, it has a very similar meaning, as it translates as attendant. This doesn’t mean you have to become a servant with this name, though!

8. Are you a Sean, Shawn or Shaun?

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All the spellings of this name mean exactly the same thing, and originate in Ireland. It simply means a gift from God. Well, some might argue that Sean Bean’s face is a present from above!