First Name for Brendan

[name_f]My[/name_f] husbands family have a tradition where they pass their first name down as their first sons middle name. I would love to honor that but it is so tough finding a name that works with [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]. Our last name is short and has a strong, long E.

Names we like are

  • [name_m]Theodore[/name_m]
  • [name_m]Ross[/name_m]
  • [name_m]Henry[/name_m]
  • [name_u]Basil[/name_u]
  • [name_u]Robin[/name_u]
  • [name_m]Robinson[/name_m]
  • [name_u]Orion[/name_u]
  • [name_u]Dean[/name_u]
  • [name_u]Beckett[/name_u]
  • [name_u]Emerson[/name_u]
  • [name_u]Van[/name_u], [name_m]Evander[/name_m]
  • [name_u]Everest[/name_u]
  • [name_u]Emmett[/name_u]
  • [name_u]Loren[/name_u]

Thank you for any suggestions!

You have a nice middle name to work with. We seldom say our first and middle names together so I would focus on finding the one you love the most that sounds great with your last name. Is your last name one syllable as it usually flows better with a two syllable first name but if it is two syllables, you will have a huge list to choose from? [name_f]My[/name_f] favourites are [name_m]Theodore[/name_m], [name_u]Loren[/name_u], and [name_m]Robinson[/name_m] (as long as you are okay with the nn Rob/Robby as it will likely get shortened).

I feel like most of these would work for [name_m]Brendan[/name_m] as a middle name! They all flow pretty well.

[name_f]My[/name_f] favorites are
[name_m]Henry[/name_m] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]
[name_u]Dean[/name_u] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]
[name_u]Beckett[/name_u] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]
[name_u]Emerson[/name_u] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]
[name_u]Emmett[/name_u] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]

[name_m]Theodore[/name_m], [name_m]Ross[/name_m], [name_u]Dean[/name_u], [name_u]Emmett[/name_u], [name_u]Everest[/name_u] and [name_m]Evander[/name_m] are great

[name_u]Luca[/name_u] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]
[name_u]George[/name_u] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]
Capsian [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]
[name_u]Jasper[/name_u] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]
[name_m]Rafferty[/name_m] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]
[name_m]Lysander[/name_m] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]
[name_m]Atticus[/name_m] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]
[name_m]Ethan[/name_m] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]

I adore [name_m]Evander[/name_m], so from your list I would 100% do [name_m]Evander[/name_m] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]. I also really like [name_u]Dean[/name_u] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m] and [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m].

Maybe [name_m]Jacques[/name_m]? I love this idea :slight_smile:

Which name sounds nice is going to highly depend on a number of things. Varying the number of syllables between the names will help the flow. You don’t want the first or middle names to end with the 1st sound in the surname. You also don’t want them to end with the last sound in the surname. If your last name is “short”, I’d count out monosyllabic names like [name_u]Dean[/name_u], [name_m]Ross[/name_m], and [name_u]Van[/name_u], as they will be choppy. I’d also count out names ending with an n, as [name_m]Brendan[/name_m] ends with an n, breaking up the flow. Does popularity bother you, as [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] is becoming quite popular?

[name_f]My[/name_f] favs:
[name_u]Everest[/name_u] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m] (3-2 syllable pattern)
[name_m]Evander[/name_m] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]

Not a fan for you:
[name_m]Theodore[/name_m] (very popular and has a long e)
[name_m]Henry[/name_m] (long e sound)
[name_m]Robinson[/name_m] (love this name, though)
[name_u]Beckett[/name_u] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m] (hard to say)
[name_u]Basil[/name_u] [name_m]Brendan[/name_m] (hard to say)

If I can offer suggestions (3+ syllables… you’d need to see if they fit with the surname):

I actually think all names from your list will work with middle name [name_m]Brendan[/name_m].

[name_f]My[/name_f] last name is 2 syllables and ends in the “en” sound, so I feel your pain. Any -on, -en, -in, or -an ending name doesn’t sound great, leading me reluctantly away from [name_m]Winston[/name_m], [name_m]Ivan[/name_m], etc.

I agree with others who say the middle name doesn’t matter as much, but I’d still go with a different option if there were one I loved. I like [name_u]Everest[/name_u] the best with [name_m]Brendan[/name_m] from your list. It also sounds great with a short last name.