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  1. #1
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    3 syllables + 3 syllables a deal breaker?

    I think we're going to go with Dorothy for our third girl, due in December. My husband also really loves Elliott and has loved that name for a girl for a long time. Dorothy is a family name and the only grandmother who hasn't had a child named after her in our family, so I'm pretty stuck on it. The only thing holding me back is that both names are three syllables (though Dorothy is often pronounced as two syllables). I've always tried to combine short and longer names; my other daughters are Zoe Katherine and Mary Elizabeth.

    SO - Dorothy Elliott (2 syllable last name beginning with P)?

    FWIW, I think we'll call her Dottie.

  2. #2
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    I think that Dorothy Elliott is wonderful and flows so well. Don't worry about the syllables thing: my own name is 3 syllables in my first, middle, and last name and the symmetry actually makes the flow work better IMO.
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    I think Dorothy Elliott works. My first, middle, and double barrelled surname all have 3 syllables, and the flow is fine.
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    Dorothy Elliott flows and works fine!
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    If that's a dealbreaker then there goes my whole list! Haha, I think Dorothy and Elliott are both absolutely gorgeous names and they sound really beautiful together. You can't deny that perfect flow!
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  6. #6
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    I love 3-3-2 syllable patterns for names so this is perfect!
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    It's a really lovely name and it flows beautifully. I hope you use it!
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  8. #8
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    Dorothy is 2 syllables in my accent so it absolutely works. I think it would work with 3 syllables too though.
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  9. #9
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    Dorothy Elliot sounds lovely. I don't think two three-syllable names is a problem. The flow is nice, but even of it wasn't the first and middle names are rarely used together.
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  10. #10
    I think the only times syllable count interrupts flow are A) when the names in question are short, 1 or 2 syllables or B) when the names have strong emphasis on the same syllable. Generally, I think multi-syllabic names flow really well together. My own kids' names have 4-3-3 and 3-2-3 patterns.
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