How to make double middles work?

I’ve decided to try some experimenting with the use of double middles in combos…but I can’t seem to get the flow right for anything, half the time a name either feels tacked on for the sake of it, or one name throws the balance off the rest of the combo completely

…how do you berries do it!?
I often see great double middle combos but for whatever reason I just can’t come up with ones of my own that I actually like

If it matters, the combos I’ve conjured up are…
[name_m]Isaac[/name_m] [name_u]Denali[/name_u] [name_m]Scott[/name_m]
[name_m]Nathaniel[/name_m] [name_u]Finn[/name_u] [name_m]Steven[/name_m]
[name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Edwin[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u]
[name_f]Annabelle[/name_f] [name_f]Marie[/name_f] [name_f]Claire[/name_f]
and [name_f]Amara[/name_f] [name_f]Willow[/name_f] [name_f]Beth[/name_f]

For what it’s worth, I actually like the sound of [name_m]Isaac[/name_m] [name_u]Denali[/name_u] [name_m]Scott[/name_m], [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Edwin[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u], and [name_f]Annabelle[/name_f] [name_f]Marie[/name_f] [name_f]Claire[/name_f]. They sound perfectly lovely to me, but I feel your pain; sometimes certain combos just don’t click, no matter how much you’d like for them to.

For [name_m]Nathaniel[/name_m] [name_u]Finn[/name_u] [name_m]Steven[/name_m], switching [name_u]Finn[/name_u] and [name_m]Steven[/name_m] improves the flow, imo, but I think the repeated N endings of the middles is what makes this one sound so choppy. [name_f]Amara[/name_f] [name_f]Willow[/name_f] [name_f]Beth[/name_f] is objectively pretty, but [name_f]Beth[/name_f] always sounds choppy on the end to me. I do think the 3-2-1 pattern you have with that combo works well though, so maybe something a bit less abrupt than [name_f]Beth[/name_f] might work better for you, like [name_f]Amara[/name_f] [name_f]Willow[/name_f] [name_f]Grace[/name_f] or [name_f]Amara[/name_f] [name_f]Willow[/name_f] [name_u]Rain[/name_u].

The initial reason I started double middles is because I have 2 middles myself and my brother has 3 (honour names and mum didn’t want his initials to spell a certain word so chucked another one in there)!. I love using double middles now because I feel that when you use names you love and they have good flow the name becomes even more unique and special to you.

The way I’ve gone about organising my combinations is mostly based on how well they flow together and sound when said aloud. I like what you’ve done with the majority of your names leaving the 1 syllable name last. This is an easy way to slide in a second middle without it feeling like overkill. I would totally agree with @sansavesper in saying that you could improve the flow if you’d switch [name_u]Finn[/name_u] and [name_m]Steven[/name_m]. I’d recommend structuring the middles based on syllables. I think your 3-2-1 structure works well, as well as 2-2-1 [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Edwin[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] (love!!). Personally, I’m not a huge fan of two 1 syllable names in a row but feel you could get away with most other combinations (unless there’s too many syllables). Again, I’d agree with @sansaversper in saying that names ending the same don’t usually tend to flow well together. It can sound strange, like a rhyme or like a full stop.

However, having said all that both mine and my brothers names are the opposite of all this! My name is a 3-1-1 structure, my brothers is 2-1-2-2, and his last two middles names end in an N. Both of our names sound perfectly normal to us, probably because we’re completely used to them. It’s also not often we hear all of our middles aloud, occasionally (more when we were younger or in trouble) we’d get called our first and first middle my mum or sometimes our uncle.

While having a good flow is fantastic, if you love the name, use it. I’ve never had any problems with the flow of my name or my brothers. The middle names we have are all honour names which we both love and will probably end up using some to name our own children.

[name_f]Hope[/name_f] this rambling made some sort of sense and some help! Good luck!

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I think some of yours definitly work. I love [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Edwin[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] and [name_f]Annabelle[/name_f] [name_f]Marie[/name_f] [name_u]Clare[/name_u]

Some suggestions using your list

[name_m]Axel[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] [name_m]Rune[/name_m]
[name_u]Arlo[/name_u] [name_u]Kyle[/name_u] [name_m]Fox[/name_m]
[name_m]Thomas[/name_m] [name_u]Arlo[/name_u] Nightingale
[name_m]Augustus[/name_m] [name_u]Kyle[/name_u] [name_u]James[/name_u]

[name_f]Luna[/name_f] [name_f]Amelia[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f]
[name_f]Pippa[/name_f] [name_f]Luna[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f]
[name_f]Grace[/name_f] [name_f]Tessa[/name_f] [name_f]Fern[/name_f]
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f] [name_u]Valentine[/name_u] [name_f]Grace[/name_f]
[name_f]Aurora[/name_f] [name_f]Luna[/name_f] [name_f]Tessa[/name_f]
[name_u]Aspen[/name_u] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] [name_f]Grace[/name_f]

What I have found that works, at least to my ears, is having the first name and first middle name flow well and then the first middle name and second middle name flow well. For example my [name_f]Lily[/name_f] [name_f]Anne[/name_f] [name_u]Vesper[/name_u] and [name_m]Piers[/name_m] [name_m]Lachlan[/name_m] [name_m]Wilder[/name_m]. I like the flow of [name_f]Lily[/name_f] [name_f]Anne[/name_f], [name_f]Anne[/name_f] [name_u]Vesper[/name_u], [name_m]Piers[/name_m] [name_m]Lachlan[/name_m], and [name_m]Lachlan[/name_m] [name_m]Wilder[/name_m].

It took me a long time to create my double middle name combos. All my names honor loved ones or have special meaning to the extended family. I also wanted to honor certain loved ones together in the same combo.

I think your combos work just fine. :slight_smile:

For me, the flow is the key (I also care about the imagery it conjures, personal connections and the overall meaning, but not always the case). Since I don’t know yet what my kids’ last name will be and if I’ll have a partner whose opinion I should consider or not, I design all my combos to be able to work with both just one and two middle names. [name_f]Seraphina[/name_f] [name_f]Juliette[/name_f] [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] can end up just [name_f]Seraphina[/name_f] [name_f]Juliette[/name_f] and [name_f]Annabelle[/name_f] [name_f]Eowyn[/name_f] [name_f]Cosette[/name_f] can be just [name_f]Annabelle[/name_f] [name_f]Cosette[/name_f]. I add the second mn simply because I have way too many names I like and as a name nerd I want to include more names, if possible.

I feel much the same as you @OP. Combos with two middle names just don’t feel natural to me. I love to see others use them, and some of my own family have two middle names, but I have decided they are just not for me. I try to help others with theirs sometimes, but as I said I don’t think it comes naturally for me, and they often end up quite lengthy and over the top!
I know this is completely unhelpful to you, but I just wanted you to know your not the only one feeling like that!

I think yours work :slight_smile: I’m torn about the double middle name thing, S/O has two middles, I have one, but I was always jealous of my mum and aunts for having two, haha. With my maiden name, two middles does not work, but with my soon-to-be married name, I could easily go as [name_u]Haley[/name_u] [name_f]Alannah[/name_f] [name_f]Grace[/name_f] and not have an issue.

With some of the names on my list, I would love to do a double middle, like [name_u]Kenzie[/name_u] [name_f]Olivia[/name_f] [name_f]Honey[/name_f] or [name_u]Aubrey[/name_u] [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] [name_f]Grace[/name_f], but with others, it doesn’t seem to work, like [name_f]Kayla[/name_f] [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f] and [name_f]Destiny[/name_f] [name_f]Laura[/name_f].

I think the rhythm of things is how to make it work to be honest, you need to work out a rhythm that you like for the names that fits with the first name, two middles, and last name.