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    Middle name/initials dilemma: Trying to avoid E.Z.

    We've decided on the first name Eliza. We want to do Zinnia for the middle name. Our last name begins with K. At first I didn't think it was a big deal, but some people are telling me it is a big deal, so here I am. Are the initials EZ for a girl that bad? The other middle name I like is Lei (we live in Hawaii and I have a son named Kai). But I don't like E.L.K. either!

    Should I do two middle names... Eliza Lei Zinnia? (But Lei means heavenly flower, and zinnia is a flower, so is that overkill?)

    WDYT?

    Or any other suggestions?

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    Hmm, I guess I can see where EZ wouldn't be the greatest initials to have, though I really think it'd matter more if it was your last name that started with a Z. It's not like you go around signing things with your first and middle initial; usually it's first and last obviously. However from a different standpoint, I don't really think Eliza sounds great with Zinnia as a mn. It's too much of the Z sound to me. With Lei, I think its a little heavy on the L sounds, but I do like Lei better. That would be my fav of your options; second would be the double mn, Eliza Lei Zinnia b/c at least it breaks up the Z sounds. I don't think there's anything wrong with ELK as initials. I think there are a lot of great name that could go with Eliza, but I'm not sure of your style. I like Eliza Claire, off the top of my head, but I'm guessing that's not really your style.

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    Eliza Zinnia is a lovely choice. I would avoid it if your surname began with a Z, but since the Z name is the middle name I don't think it's a big deal. How many people will know her full initials anyway?

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    I dont think EZ is that bad since its not the full name! Eliza Lei Zinna sounds nice but very heavy on the "l" and "z"
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    I agree that since Z is in the middle and not your surnames initials, I don't see much of a problem. Not a lot of people are going to know your daughters middle name.

    I think Eliza Zinnia is very lovely.
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