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June 17th, 2013 10:38 AM #1Junior Member
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Help! Does this first name/last name combination work? Is it ridiculous?
Okay, I'm feeling anxious about even asking this question in public - if you can consider a baby name forum public, but I need some impartial (and hopefully helpful, constructive) opinions. Baby #3 is due in 4 weeks and we don't know if it's a boy or a girl. The boy name I have become most attached to is Declan. It's also one of the few boy names that my husband and I both have an affinity for. The problem is our last name is Devlin. I'm worried it sounds too jokey and rhyme-y. I don't want my kid to go through life with a name that sounds silly/fake/overly similar.
Our other two kids are Caleb and Zoe and I think Declan fits nicely with them as a sibling name, but I'm really torn about how it sounds with our last name.
Can you tell me what you think?
Suggestions of alternatives are welcome! We're looking for something not too common (no top 20 names) and not too out there either. Also, I prefer shorter names that don't lend themselves to nicknames and are straightforward to spell.
Thank you berries!
June 17th, 2013 11:31 AM #3
Declan is a great choice, I really like it with Caleb and Zoe. Unfortunately, since Declan and Devlin start with D and end in the same similar sound (lan/lin) I would say they are too close to each other and rhyme, imho. I would avoid a name ending in n for flow.
June 17th, 2013 12:04 PM #5
Declan and Devlin share almost all of the same sounds, so it doesn't really work, sorry. But I love Caleb and Zoe, so you've got some great sibling names to work with. Generally, with your surname you will want to avoid names that end in a D (i.e. Roland Devlin becomes Rolandevlin) or an N (it becomes choppy and rhymy).
Jonah/ Jonas Devlin
Malachy Devlin (Ma-la-kee... the Irish form of Malachi)
Toby Devlin/ Tobias Devlin
Zachary DevlinINTP Anthropologist Living in the centre of China, married to a Persian, and just enjoying a completely unpredictable life
Emiliana Pari 郑煜曈 '14
Currently stuck on girls
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Soren Pasha, Caspian Bardia, Caspar Siavash, Elias Rostam, Simon Kasra
Valentina Parvaneh, Rosalind Tala, Viola Katayoun
June 17th, 2013 12:18 PM #7
Yea, I'm sorry but I think Declan Devlin sounds way too close. Like Rosie Posey. Also, Caleb and Zoe are far more classic than Declan--which I see as quite trendy. Declan has been in the top 1000 for little over a decade and it's already #143. I imagine it's going to be very associated with this time--whereas Caleb and Zoe have been on the list for 100 years, since they started keeping records.
OliverOlivia/Livia/Livy/Liv : Thessaly/Darah/Bethel : Noelle/Eve
Benedict/Eli: Jude/Zane: Luke/Darius : Levi/Phineas/Calvin
June 17th, 2013 01:03 PM #9