Once upon a time, parents could name their daughter Mary Anne Jones without fretting that her school records would all read Mary A. Jones. Then along came the almighty database. Unless you’re Sarah Jessica Parker, chances are that a double name will cause a few headaches.
There’s a simple way to outfox the registrar, the Social Security Administration, even the insurance company: spell your daughter’s name Maryanne. Or Marianne. Smoosh the names together, and no data entry clerk can carelessly put them asunder.
Smooshing together two shorter names to create a new compound is nothing new, but some of the resulting names are novel. It can satisfy parents who crave something relatively uncommon, but fear choosing a name that seems too strange.
Here are a few to consider:
Avalee, Avarose, Avalynne – Perhaps the most frequently smooshed name these days is Ava plus nearly anything.
Cleobella – Borrowed from a handbag designer, and while it isn’t her real name, it is based on a real person, Cleobelle, the designer’s mom.
Ellarae, Ellarose – They’re both common first/middle combinations, but might be more distinctive together.
Gracelyn, Gracelynne – It sounds a little bit like Elvis’ impressive home, but given Grace’s popularity and the number of ends-in-lyn names, it’s no wonder we’re seeing her on birth certificates, too.
Kirabelle – It isn’t just the traditional names that can be smooshed. Endings like –belle are appearing at the end of even newer names. Are we ready for Jadalee?
Mariangela – Meadow Soprano’s saintly middle name.
Mayarose – Or Mayaclaire, Mayajane, Mayajune … the list goes on.
Miabella – Mirabella was a magazine for 40-somethings, but Miabella sounds like an inevitable combination of two Top 20 names.
Wrenelise – Spotted on a message board – it’s one-part nature name, one-part petite mademoiselle, making for a powerful combo.
Zoebelle – Spotted in a birth announcement, and heard more than once on a message board.
There are a few options for boys, too. Johnpaul has surfaced in honor of the late Pope John Paul II. The popularity of Alexander and Xavier has led some parents to join the two to form Alexavier or even Alexzavier.
Would you use a compound name for a child? And what intriguing smooshes have you encountered?
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