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  1. #1
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    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
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    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
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    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.
    Mother to two lovely kiddos, Mila Arden and Cato Bennett

    Currently dreaming of...
    Atlas, Callahan, Caius, Ezra, Bram, Atticus, Aspen, Sylvan, Constantine, Perrin & Pascoe
    Lyra, Elodie, Elowen, Isis, Artemis, Sylvia, Vesper, Anouk, Willa, Cassia, Elka & Sage

  4. #7
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    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.
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


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

  5. #9
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    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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