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  1. #1
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    Surname - Sparks...

    My husband and I are having a girl in July and I had a name all picked out (Emmeline) for a very long time. After hitting the name boards, I've started to rethink it for a couple of reasons... over influx of "line" names, fear of sounding like one of those people trying to avoid the Emily trend by being "different". It feels like two trends mushed together.

    Even though I love longer, vintage/classic names - our last name (Sparks) needs something shorter.

    Any suggestions that may go well, beautiful, under the radar and aren't mega trendy?

    Thanks!!

  2. #2
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    Re: Surname - Sparks...

    Sparks is a great last name. It is kind of soft mixed with kind of spunky. I'm going to make a list of names I would pair with Sparks:

    Lillian nn Lily Sparks - but Lillian nn Lily is very popular.
    Eleanora Sparks nn Lena Sparks
    Iona Sparks
    Freya Sparks, this one is cute!
    Daria Sparks
    Paisha Sparks
    Millicent Sparks nn Millie Sparks
    Camilla Sparks nn Cammie Sparks or Millie Sparks
    Fiona Sparks
    Georgia Sparks
    Imogen Sparks nn Immy Sparks
    Elizabeth or Eliza Sparks nn Liza Sparks or Libby Sparks

    Many of the first names listed above have a soft, glistening aura that goes well with Sparks.
    What not to do in my opinion is to pair Sparks with a name that sounds not sparkly like:
    Helen Sparks - Helen is pretty, but it sounds dull to my ear with Sparks.
    So does Margaret Sparks although Margaret is one of my faves.
    Frances Sparks - sounds dull.

  3. #3
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    Re: Surname - Sparks...

    I love the last name Sparkslucky you :) I knew a Lela Sparks and I always thought she had the coolest name. In addition to Susan's always-wonderful suggestions:

    Ceciliann Celia Sparks
    Paloma Sparks
    Lucinda nn Lucy Sparks
    Viviana or Vivian Sparks
    Delilah Sparks
    Talullah Sparks
    Willa Sparks
    Evangeline Sparks (one of the more unusual -line names)
    Anastasiann Tansy Sparks
    Elodie Sparks
    Aurelia Sparks
    :: o l i v e ::

  4. #4
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    Re: Surname - Sparks...

    I changed my mind about Frances Sparks - now I think it sounds lovely:
    Frances Sparks nn Francie Sparks!

  5. #5
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    Re: Surname - Sparks...

    Hi! I love Emmeline, but totally understand your reasons for opting for another name. I think a monosyllablic last name like Sparks was made for a long first name (three or four syllables), so I'm confused about the shorter name issue. (I think Sparks is great last name, by the way!) :-)

    Annabel Sparks
    Amelia Sparks
    Audrey Sparks
    Celia Sparks
    Clementine Sparks
    Clara Sparks
    Cordelia/Cora Sparks
    Diana Sparks
    Daphne Sparks
    Eleanor Sparks
    Francesca Sparks
    Genevieve Sparks
    Georgia/Georgiana Sparks
    Helena Sparks
    Isla Sparks
    Josephine Sparks
    Julia Sparks
    Juliet Sparks
    Katherine Sparks
    Lydia Sparks
    Lila Sparks
    Matilda Sparks
    Nora Sparks
    Phoebe Sparks
    Rosalie Sparks
    Rosalind Sparks
    Susannah Sparks
    Violet Sparks
    Vivienne Sparks
    Willa Sparks

    Good luck to you! :-)

  6. #6
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    Re: Surname - Sparks...

    Thank you for all the replies!

    I def have my work cut out for me when it comes to suggesting them to my husband.. that is a whole other issue in itself! :)

  7. #7

    Re: Surname - Sparks...

    I love the suggestion of Willa Sparks - I think that sounds fab! x

  8. #8
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    Re: Surname - Sparks...

    After much much much thought we ended up coming back to the original name, diff. spellling. I feel like Emeline with one M is a little spunkier and not as formal, which is something I am going for. So..

    Emeline Frances (nn Emy)

    Frances is.. my fathers middle name (in the boy version).

    Thoughts?

  9. #9
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    Re: Surname - Sparks...

    I think Emeline Frances is great! :-)

  10. #10
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    Re: Surname - Sparks...

    Emeline Frances is lovely (she sounds like a storybook character!).
    :: o l i v e ::

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