We got an email the other day from a mom with a very short, simple last name — let’s call it Cole — who wanted advice on a first name for her daughter.
All we could think was: Are you lucky! While it’s theoretically possible to give a child with such a last name an equally short and sweet first — Jane Cole may not feel inspired, but it’s acceptable — the field is open to get as elaborate as you want. In fact, with a surname that straightforward, it may be desirable to choose a first name that’s got lots of syllables.
So if four is good, why not five? Why not indeed. There may be fewer choices, but here are some intriguing long names for girls:
For boys, there are simply not enough good names with five syllables and a fairly trim selection even at four. We left off a lot of the Latinate names ending with O because using them felt like cheating, though we did include a few of our favorites. Some of the best very long names for boys are:
So do the longest names work only with short surnames? Absolutely not! There’s something delightfully florid about a name like Marietta McKenzie or Maximilian Mountbatten. But there is a limit: Just be conscious of your poor little child in kindergarten learning to spell out all 22 letters of his name.