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Thread: Syllable combos

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2013

    Syllable combos

    We have a four syllable last name which I feel means I have to rule out all the lovely 3-4 syllable fn. what's your opinion on this?
    Would a combo of 2-3-1-4 sound odd to you?

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    As long as the rhythm works and it flows well, I don't think it matters at all how many syllables the full name has. Besides, most of the time they'll either be going by their first name (or nickname) or first/last, so it won't seem "so much" in daily life.
    Proud mother to William "Liam" Balthazar, Catherine "Cate" Ophelia, Veronica "Vera" Seraphine, and Alexander "Axel" Leopold!

    Nicholas ~ William ~ Alexander ~ Sebastian ~ Gabriel ~ Benjamin ~ Dominic ~ Oliver ~ Crispin ~ Gregory
    Zoe ~ Catherine ~ Veronica ~ Penelope ~ Elizabeth ~ Daphne ~ Anastasia ~ Seraphina ~ Ophelia ~ Felicity

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    It's hard to imagine without putting actual names there, so that's what I tried, and I think it sounds fine
    Ex: Bridget Genevieve Rose Eisenhower (only four-syllable last name I could think of off the top of my head! lol) I think that sounds really nice. Bridget Eisenhower.
    Ex: Leo Christopher Blaise Eisenhower. Leo Eisenhower.
    All of this is pretty theoretical though, cuz a lot depends on the cadence of your last name if the accented syllables are different. These names might not work whereas other would. But I certainly think the combination of syllables sounds just fine.

    Honestly, I don't really think you need to rule out three-syllable names if there are some you really like. Four syllable fn might be pushing it, but again, I think there are some that would work. I know a girl with a three syllable first whose last name is a three-syllable mouthful and it actually sounds really good. (I know your last name is four but I think it could still be done.)
    Ex: Katherine Eisenhower, Elizabeth Eisenhower (four and four!), Felicity Eisenhower (four and four again), Margaret Eisenhower, William Eisenhower, Theodore Eisenhower. I think all these could work. and you could always employ a shorter nn.
    Catherine Zelie | Jude Francis
    Elanor Magdalene | Finnian ??
    Rosemary Lark | Calder Timothy
    Genevieve ?? | William Augustine
    Agnes Valentine | Harrison Peter

    Lucy ~ Fiona ~ Leia ~ Jane ~ Edith ~ Primrose ~ Gail ~ Gloria
    Elizabeth ~ Therese ~ Maisy ~ Susannah ~ Molly ~ Juniper

    August ~ Harrison ~ Benedict ~ Andrew/Ander ~ Ignatius
    Peter ~ Percival/Percy ~ Bram ~ Lewis ~ Oliver ~ Calvin

  4. #7
    Join Date
    May 2013
    The number of syllables matters less than the rhythm of the name. Plus, like others have pointed out, your child will be know as FN+LN or even NN+LN, so as long as that part isn't too much of a mouthful, I think you're good.

  5. #9
    Join Date
    May 2011
    I don't think you need to let go of 3 or 4 syllable first names because of a long surname. I know a girl whose surname is 7 syllables (and 15 letters) and she's done just fine with a 3 syllable first name

    It's hard to say if a specific syllable count sounds okay to not- it's really dependent on the names
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