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  1. #1
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    Roland or Homer?

    Hello,

    We've narrowed it down to Roland and Homer.
    My partner really wants Homer but our the last name (which is very German and 4 syllables long) ends in -er and I think that sounds repetitive. What do you think? Is it ok to have first and last name end in -er? It just sounds clunky to me.

    Thanks for any input.

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    Homer unfortunately is all Simpson to me now. Roland is nice.

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    Roland is IMO much more useable than Homer.
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    I do not like the combo of a first and last name that end in the same letter or sound. Also when i first hear Homer i think of the Simpsons and I'm not sure that it has the best connotation.
    I really like Roland and the huge possibilities of nicknames. I'd say go with Roland, but if you really love Homer, go with Homer.
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    I actually really love Homer. But if you think its repetitive, what about...

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    I definitely prefer Roland as a name.
    The repetitive ending isn't ideal either
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    Unfortunately, as others have mentioned before me, The Simpsons kind of ruined Homer as a given name (I can just imagine the "Doh!" comments he'd be taunted with). It's a real pity, as the Greek poet namesake is a great one.

    For that reason, I prefer Roland.

    *Come to think of it, one of my favourite Australian book series growing up, "Tomorrow When the War Began", included a main character by the name of Homer Yannos, and honestly, after the initial funny association with the cartoon character, within no time that Simpsons association was forgotten. So I'd say that Homer could definitely work, but yeah, do be prepared for the inevitable pop culture association. Oh, and to answer your question in regard to the repeated -er endings, I think it very much depends on the surname, its length and the other sounds in it. It could work, if there were no long O or prominent M sounds in it, I think (something like Homer Armbruster might not sound too great, but Homer Beckenbauer doesn't sound too bad at all.
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