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    Question Awkward last name?

    My SO last name that I will be taking upon marriage is Haines. Hay-nzz is the pron, I find that when I say it I have to enunciate otherwise I sound like I have a speech impediment! And a lot of names seem to clash with it. I think my best bet is to find names with three syllables or names with a -ia ending e.g Sylvia Haines vs Joan Haines. But I'm not sure about boys names, e.g Max Haines or Maxwell Haines Or Maximus Haines.
    It got me thinking is there any common rules about syllables. Do one syllable last names sound better with three syllable first names and so on?
    Experiencing constant re-evaluation of my choices
    Gals. Lyra, Eliza, Roxanne, Penelope, Matilda, Alice, Nina
    Guys. Gabriel, Robert, Gethin, Zachary

  2. #3
    The Common Wisdom (tm) is that one syllable last names can support longer first names very well, while longer last names (3+ syllables) go better with monosyllabic first names. Of course, we didn't actually follow that guideline ourselves :-)

    We have a one-syllable last name, and our kids are Clark and Kara. My wife totally shot down Nebuchadnezzar... "but we could call him Chad for short!" didn't fly.
    Last edited by burnsbert; October 21st, 2013 at 10:52 PM.

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    NB recommends using names with different #s of syllables, ideally. 3-2-1 or 2-3-1 or 2-1-3 or 1-2-3 for example. But I don't personally think it is all that important, obviously by my signature it's not something I follow strictly.
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    Which of these go well with Haines,
    Beatris
    Ebony
    Junia (is the pron. Jew-knee-ah)
    Juniper
    Adele or Adela
    Dorothy
    Kimberly
    Joanna
    Penelope
    Matilda
    Phoebe
    Rosalie
    Experiencing constant re-evaluation of my choices
    Gals. Lyra, Eliza, Roxanne, Penelope, Matilda, Alice, Nina
    Guys. Gabriel, Robert, Gethin, Zachary

  5. #9
    Which of these go well with Haines,
    Beatris
    Ebony
    Junia (is the pron. Jew-knee-ah)
    Juniper
    Adele or Adela
    Dorothy
    Kimberly
    Joanna
    Penelope
    Matilda
    Phoebe
    Rosalie
    Experiencing constant re-evaluation of my choices
    Gals. Lyra, Eliza, Roxanne, Penelope, Matilda, Alice, Nina
    Guys. Gabriel, Robert, Gethin, Zachary

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