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Baby Name Flow: How First-Middle-Last Names Can Play Nice Together

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robisonga Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:37 am

I think about initials too. In most cases, when women marry they take the husband’s last name. (I’m not arguing one side or the other–just stating the norm.) If you name a child Anna Scarlet. Great. But, what if she marries a Stewart or Smith some day? Her initials are A.S.S.–not something you want monogrammed on your honeymoon luggage. Last names may change. Keep that in mind–at least a little.

alveraolive Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Regarding first name last name flow, what do you think about the last letter of the first name and the first letter of the last name being the same? Like Miles Sohn, for instance? Or similar sounds close together like Lucy Sohn? (these are my favorite names but I’m worried about the flow)

AuroraPond Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

I used to think this was important until I named my son Felix Arthur Edmund (our surname is 1 syllable.)
We used names we love and while it’s repetitive we still love it.
Our daughter is Imogen Hermione Louise which has a 3-4-2-1 them with our surname.

labelo Says:

May 15th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

This is a wonderfully written article. I especially appreciated your insights about syllable stress, as I think that’s often overlooked. A 2-2 name where the stresses are on different syllables will have a very different sound than when both stresses are on the same syllable.

namefan Says:

May 15th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

@robisonga – On the other hand such a combo can give her an incentive to keep her maiden name if she marries a husband with a last name that would make her initials unfavorable.

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