We have a two-syllable English last name and are considering the names (first and middle respectively) Kell Andrew.
We've mentioned Kell as a first name and heard a lot of Kale? Cal? or just Kell? Kell? Kell? It doesn't sound too exotic to me, but things come across differently to different people.
What do you think?
It sounds like "kill Andrew."
Hmm, my first thought is that the first and middle run into each other, and it sounds like Kelan Drew, Kelan being a name I've actually heard. It's Irish I believe. Yes, here's Kelan: http://www.behindthename.com/name/kelan
Second thought was that it sounds a lot like kill; and finally, that it reminds me of Kal-El (Superman). None of these thoughts are important if they don't matter to you, they're just passing thoughts someone may think when they hear your sons name.
I can see the appeal of Kell, but it sounds a little too much like a nickname. I'd personally find a name that Kell could be a nickname for if you really want to use Kell, or else find names that feel similar.
Kell Nickname Names:
Similar Sounding Names:
Chiron / Kheiron
Killian / Cillian
I really like Kellen/Kellan, but not too sure about Kell. Of course Kellen + Andrew + a 2-syllable last name doesn't have the best flow....
Cole or Cael would be nice.
Kell seems a bit of a middle name short of Kelly or other Kel- sounding longer names. I'd go longer by going by a last name like Kelvin. Alone it does seem a bit affected. I'm not sure what your last name's first initial is. With Andrew or any other vowel starting middle name, I'd take a second look at the initials (ex. KAD or KAT).
Originally Posted by southern.maple
Yeah, it does...
I really like Kell as a nickname for Kellan. I think Kell is fine on its own if you absolutely insist, though. It doesn't sound exotic or outlandish, just unfinished, like Sam or Tom as a full name. It reminds me of that old Nickelodeon show Keenan and Kel, and I think Kel's full name was Kel (not sure), so it's not totally unheard of.
My son is named Kell Jacob Walker. We just call him "Kell" but when he's in trouble it tends to be "Kell Jacob" kind of as one word.
Kell is my grandfather's name. It is an old norse (i.e. viking) name that means something like "Man from the spring"
People seem to have a problem with it for some reason. The most common mistake is "Cale" or "Kale" but sometimes people will read it as "Keel" or "Kyle." I don't get why it's so hard; maybe people don't recognize it so they assume it's supposed to have some edgy and unusual pronunciation. It's just one letter off from bell, dell, fell, hell, sell, tell, and well. Another mistake people will make is to assume that his name is really Kelly or Kellen but no, it's just Kell.
I love the name because it's unique but not weird (in my opinion). The social security website doesn't list it ever appearing in the top 1000 names for the past 50 or so years. Of course that means when your kid gets to kindergarten there are guaranteed to be 20 Kell, Cales, Kels, and Kellens in his class
Anyway, I love the name and have never regretted it for an instant.
It's nice. And as mentioned above, there is the actor Kel Mitchell from Kenan & Kel.
My only issue is that Kell Andrew sounds like Kellan Drew when said aloud