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By Brooke Cussans, Baby Name Pondering

Alliterative names – first/middle/last names starting with the same letter/sound – is a subject that many people have strong feelings about. Some people love them, some hate them with a passion.

For those who hate them, there really only seems to be one argument against them. They are just too cutesy and “matchy-matchy” and make it too hard to take a person seriously. These people actively avoid giving this name configuration to their children.

Others love them for almost the same reason they are hated – because they are cute and snazzy sounding. This makes them fun, easier to remember and hence more memorable. Being more memorable makes them perfect for celebrities, superheroes, wrestlers and fictional characters. J.K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter is full of alliterative names. Just look at such examples as Luna Lovegood, Severus Snape, Dudley Dursley and Minerva McGonagall. And have you ever paid much attention to the founders of the four houses at Hogwarts? All four have alliterative names. HBO show Girls is another example that may have slipped most people’s notice. All four of the lead characters also have alliterative names.

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G Names: Then and now, hard and soft

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By Kelli Brady of NameFreak!

Over history, have American parents favored the soft or hard G sound for their children? I have put together the G names that have been in the Top 100 since 1880, and created a chart showing which names have been on top in each decade. And as an attempt to show things visually, I have also highlighted the names that begin with the hard G sound…

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5 Easy Ways to Judge a Baby Name

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Many of us spend an entire nine months – or even longer – weighing the relative merits of names for our babies.

But it’s possible to judge most names much more quickly than that, at least accurately enough to tell whether they belong on your short list.

Here, nameberry’s top quick and easy tips for judging a baby’s name.

WHAT’S YOUR INSTANT REACTION?

The book Blink theorized that the reaction we have to something in the first few seconds has important long-term meaning, and that counts for a name.  Perhaps you can learn to love a name that at first seems weird and old-fashioned like Leopold or get over your image of Ruth as the kid you knew who had green teeth, but better to choose a name that, the minute you hear it, makes you feel positive and full of anticipation for meeting the person who owns it.

HOW MANY SYLLABLES DOES IT HAVE?

The most compatible first names will have a different number of syllables than your surname…and a different number from the middle name too.  So a syllable combination of 2-3-1 – Rufus Barnaby Flynn, for instance – or 3-1-2 or 1-3-4 is best.

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