I have always spelled the word with which I address sisters of my parents as Auntie. Of late I have noticed that just about everybody else around me seems to spell it as Aunty.
My ancestry is British but only two of my great grandparents were born there while the other six were born in South Australia.
I wondered whether the two variations in spelling were British vs American.
Can anyone enlighten me as to the origin of each?
Dictionary.com suggests the following which seemed to suggest that both are fine to use:
Word Origin and History for aunt-ie Expand
1787, also aunty, familiar diminutive form of aunt. As a form of kindly address to an older woman to whom one is not related, originally in southern U.S., of elderly slave women.