My married name is Toon. I was thrilled to take that as my last name, as I am a professional caricaturist/illustrator. I have had many clients call me to ask for my "real name" when cutting a check, or sending me W9 forms, and when I say, "That is my real name," they are stunned.
Some names that cannot work with Toon:
Otto Toon <--LOL
Names that end in T tend to run into the last name.
The first syllable of my husband's very Arabic surname is na-. Therefore any girls' name ending with -na is out, lest the kid sound like she's stuttering.
I kept my name as it's a big PITA to change it in the doctoring world, and since there is an obvious ethnic mismatch I thought his would sound frankly ridiculous on me. But kid(s) have his name only, no feminist double-barrelling for me.
Can't use Jude, Zeus or anything with the double "oo" sound.
My last name ends in -ino ... So a lot of Spanish/Italian names are out. Which is a bit of a problem because I am Spanish.
So Maximiliano, Valentino, Santino, Emilio
I'm just glad it isn't -ina or I wouldn't be able to use ANY Spanish girls names :)
My possible future last name starts with Har-, but I am in love with the name Harper for a boy!
our last name ends in -brook, so all water-related names are out! i took Brooke (f) and River (m) off my list.