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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2013

    Miles with "S" last name

    New here, expecting my first child. We won't be finding out the sex.

    "Miles" is emerging as my favorite boy name, especially since it seems that while DH and I have similar taste in names, we can't really find one we both love.

    However, I'm afraid that because "Miles" ends with an "s" and our last name starts and ends with an "s" as well it won't sound right. My husband and most other people (friends) that I've asked think I'm reading too much into it and we should just use it.

    I also realized that my BIL's name ends with an "s" and I never even noticed, but it is "James" which I feel like has less of an emphasis on the ending "s" than "Miles".

    I'm aware that I could use "Milo" but while it's cute, ultimately I just don't love it like I do "Miles".

    What do you think? Is it ok to use?

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    I think you can use it without a doubt. My youngest son is Miles and our last name starts with an S. I love his name very much.

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Oregon, USA
    I have a close friend whose name is Miles S-------. It really isn't an issue, other than occasionally people will think his last name is whatever your last name would be without ths "S" in the beginning (Miles Smith might be interpreted Miles Mith) but **shrug**.
    Sequoia Orion born November 2014
    Considerations for our next child's name: Cytheria, Caspian, Seraphina, Cyrus, Arcadia, Venture
    Middles: Beatrix, Dwyn, Jupiter, Violet, Zephyr, River, Willow

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    I don't think it's that big of a deal. If you think about it, you always take a quick pause when saying a person's full first and last name. Not to mention, Miles is gaining popularity, but not significant/quickly enough where it'll be likely that he'll be sharing his name with classmates. Therefore, he'll usually go by Miles rather than "Miles S_____" to clarify himself amongst other peers named Miles. I think you're totally fine. If you still have some reservations and you don't like the idea of calling him Milo as a nickname, perhaps pick a middle name starting with a letter that you could call by his initials (i.e. Miles Jonathan = MJ). But again, I don't think it's necessary to do that at all; just a suggestion if it'll give you some more ease in using it.

    FYI Miles is a GREAT name! One of my top choices if I have a boy!
    Mama to Nora and Vivienne.

    IF there was a third...

    Zoe Athena
    Claire Athena
    Margot Athena

    Jasper James
    Dexter James
    Miles Jameson

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Midwest USA
    Two things: 1. My daughter had THREE Miles in her pre-k class this year, which I was surprised by, but perhaps it is more popular than I thought.
    2. It depends on your last name. If it's common, like Smith, I doubt he would have difficulties. If it's unusual, where he would have to spell it anyway, it's probably not that big of a deal (Swavorski). If it is somehow possibly heard-of without the S he may have trouble (Swaddle).

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