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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2012

    What are the rules of syllables?

    Like how many syllables the first/middle names should usually be depending on the last name?
    (Mainly for one-syllable last names. But I'm curious about others as well!)
    ♂ Ellis Christopher / Asher Estlin / Seth Joshua / Gordon Thomas / Russell Joseph ♂
    ♀ Marilyn Kay / Joanna Kathryn / Tessa Diane / Nola Elaine / Christine Ruby ♀

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    It's really about emphasis and vowel sounds, not syllable count. Having said that, I find alternating emphasis more appealing, so with a one-syllable last name, you'll want at least a two-syllable first name.

    Elle James vs. Ella James.
    I'm not feeling incredibly profound at the moment. Check back later.

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    New Zealand
    We broke the rules with our daughter - all her names are 2 syllables - but I actually think her name 'works'. In general I like alternating numbers of syllables.
    Two small people, Mila Arden and Cato Bennett.

    All done but still dreaming of
    Atlas Bram, Abel Octavian, Abel Roscoe
    Lyra Blythe, Delphi Winter, Elowen Sage, Inka Blythe

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Liverpool, England
    If you have a one syllable surname definitely do what Celianne said and consider at least a two syllable first name

    That being said, at school I knew a girl called Kate Hill which doesn't sound dreadful.

    ★ August Eli Benedict ★ Bram ★ Casimir Mordecai ★ Edmond John Meirion ★ Gillon ★
    ★ Jory Leander ★ Julian Charles ★ Macsen ★ Magnus ★ Vasiliy ★


    ★ Aira Rose ★ Arietta ★ Clover ★ Delphina ★ Eleni ★ Fiorella ★ Hester Isobel ★
    ★ Iris ★ Lilah ★ Merit ★ Sylvia ★

    Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    One syllable fn/ln combos can sound very striking, but they can also sound cartoonish. Luke Shaw works, Sean Shaw doesn't - it depends on the name. I have George on my list and OH has a one syllable surname and it works fine, but I've removed Gus because it doesn't.

    If I did a1-1 name, I would use a much longer middle for flow. But rules are made to be broken

    Anna Katherine * Lydia Ellen * Zoe Madeleine * Phoebe ___ * Imogen ___ * Emilia ___
    Samuel * Thomas * Charlie * Reuben * Oliver * George

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