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  1. #1

    Challenging Last Name...

    Hi,everyone...

    We found out, just today, that we are going to have a boy!

    So, with that, we've now narrowed the name search and are looking for names that work well with our last name, which is Graves. Not an easy name to work with, I know...

    Dad=Tad

    Mom=Megan (mee-gun)

    Baby boy=?

    What do you think?

  2. #2
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    Re: Challenging Last Name...

    I don't know that your last name is particularly a challenge, unless you were hoping to name your boy Doug or Robin. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Can you give us a better idea of the kinds of names you like/loathe?

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    Re: Challenging Last Name...

    I agree, Graves is not so bad! In fact, being only one syllable, you have both two or three syllable names to work with. Did you want the name to fit with your name and your husband's?
    :: o l i v e ::

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    Re: Challenging Last Name...

    I agree, Graves is not so bad! In fact, being only one syllable, you have both two or three syllable names to work with. Did you want the name to fit with your name and your husband's?
    :: o l i v e ::

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    Re: Challenging Last Name...

    I think when you have an ever so slightly challenging last name (like yours) it is good to pick up a sound in the last name and use it in the first name. By the way Graves is not so bad. I think there was an actor named Peter Graves. He had an "r" in his first name like the "r" in the last. Also it's good to have the first name be more than one syllable. Then Graves will sound like a very nice last name.
    Here is an example of what not to do:
    Dean Graves-see how Graves really stands out?
    Now here is something that works better:
    Oliver Graves- now the Graves doesn't stand out so much. Oliver has both the "r" and "v' sounds. "V" is a really stylish letter right now, and so if I were you, I would consider choosing a name with a "v" in it. Pam and Linda wrote a blog called "Is V the new Z?" There are some great suggestions for names with "v" in them in that blog. I also love Vincent and Victor. But then he might be Vince Graves or Vic Graves. Vince is okay with Graves, but I don't like Vic Graves.
    Some other ideas:
    Isaac Graves - "s" in common
    Otis Graves
    Oliver Graves
    Rufus Graves
    Devon Graves
    I just looked up the blog I was telling you about and found:
    Calvin Graves
    Harvey Graves
    They are both so cute! I think the way they are consonant rich (the "lv" in Calvin and the "rv" in Harvey also help them to take attention away from the meaning of Graves and makes Graves sound more like just a last name.)

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    Re: Challenging Last Name...

    Wow, Susan, you are so good with sounds! I never would have thought to repeat a sound in order to make a name stand out less. But you're right - it works!

    Brilliant! :)

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    Re: Challenging Last Name...

    Yeah, Susan, you are a genius with sounds! It's like your super power or something! Your suggestion of Oliver is just perfect.
    Proud mama to two sweet boys:

    Dashiell David Rowe
    and
    Flynn William Warfield


    "Real babies are more difficult than ideas of babies... Or even pictures of babies."
    -James Franco

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    Re: Challenging Last Name...

    thanks, fellow posters! I wish I could have been the one to come up with starlets' stage names back in the day.

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