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April 29th, 2013 08:25 AM #26
Our surname isn't too hard. It's a one-syllable Chinese name starting with T. I have no issues with illiteration and not many names rhyme with it. The only problem is that names ending in -t blend in with the surname and make it sound like one word, so Violet, Bennett, and Benedict are out. :-( I take consolation in the fact that my husband would likely have vetoed all those names anyway!Estella ~ Helena ~ Miriam ~ Beatrice ~ Anastasia ~ Ivy ~ Marilla ~ SarahPaul ~ Wesley ~ Walter ~ Edmund ~ Isaac ~ Abram ~ Gabriel
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April 29th, 2013 09:06 AM #28Member
Mama to Thomas Franklin
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- Jan 2010
Baby Boy #2 due August 2013 (still unnamed)
April 29th, 2013 10:29 AM #30Senior Member
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- Jun 2009
Our last name is King, and if you're not careful you can actually spell (or sound like), a word -- for example, Jo King, Lee King
Also, there is a need to be careful re initials. For example, Penelope Ursula King (PUKing) would not work
And even anything ending with a -ley or -ry sound does not really work, because if you say it fast enough it sounds like "leaking" or "reeking"
April 29th, 2013 11:56 AM #32
April 29th, 2013 01:24 PM #34
This thread is great for me, I can commiserate & not feel like I'm the only person who has a difficult last name!
Our last name begins with S, which means that all names that begin with S (SS initials are a dealbreaker for me) or end in s (they run into each other) are out. This rules out a surprisingly high number of names (including my beloved Susanna, Simon, Francis & Nicholas). Our surname also has a very prominent -et sound, so names ending in -ette sound rhymey (I actually like this, but I know it may be hard to live with). Plus it ends in -well, so names with prominent -el sounds like Isabelle really don't work at all, words with noun meanings can sound strange & we can't use Maxwell or Bramwell. Arghhh.
Annora Juliet, Elspeth, Verity, Zelda, Josephine, Marianne, Rosemary Constance
Edmund Henry, Josiah, Gilbert, August, Wesley, Clifford, Hugh Theodore