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March 12th, 2014 07:38 PM #1
Too Close in Sound?
What's your rule for names that share a sound?
When are two (or more) names too close to use them together?
At what point would you eliminate one?
I'm not talking about Rosalie & Coralie, Amelie & Emily or Nora & Flora, that share half their letters, sound almost identical or rhyme.
But rather about sets like Rosalie & Ophelia, Leonor & Flora or Clara & Leonora which share a letter combination/sound.
Do you think they are too close or would they work as sisters?
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March 12th, 2014 07:41 PM #3Senior Member
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March 12th, 2014 07:49 PM #5Senior Member
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Beyond the obvious sharing the nickname or sharing the same beginning (beyond the first letter) or ending (this pertains to sound more than anything), I think it becomes very specific.
Regarding your examples:
Rosalie & Ophelia -- this totally works in my opinion and actually the little they share in common actually is what makes them sound good together.
Leonor & Flora -- The OR sound when encountered in a name is very prominent to me. It stands out and so makes these two too similar for my liking. It makes it sound like a person wanted their children's names to "match" without rhyming. Not a bad thing, just not my style.
Clara & Leonora -- Again, they share very little in common. They both end in 'ra' but don't share the same overall ending sound. In this case it's more "ara" vs. "ora".
Again, becomes a kind of case by case thing. Otherwise, I think sometimes names that start and end with the same letter and have the same number of syllables can create a situation where they are just too close, too matchy: Makes them sound like twins to me. Audra & Andra. Is this awful? Absolutely not. Just again, not my style. I like a little more distinction.
Last edited by aym; March 12th, 2014 at 07:51 PM.
March 12th, 2014 07:54 PM #7olivia - eighteen (finally!), england but sometimes canada. i like names, film & philosophy.
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March 13th, 2014 03:36 PM #9
Rosalie and Ophelia sound closer than Flora and Leonor.
I'm glad that most of you think that said sets work together because I get bothered when names sound too close and don't want to be a hypocrite, doing the exact same thing.
(I'm years away from having kids but still...)
If anyone else want to share their opinion, I'd be glad.