Long vs. Short

I have been narrowing down my top names, and have put them in two categories: short and long(ish). Most likely I will use one group as first names and the other group as middles. Would you rather have long first names and short middle names or short first names with longer middle names? Or would you have a mix of both groups as firsts and middles? I just don’t want to end up with one child being the odd one out. [name_m]Feel[/name_m] free to create sibsets or first/middle combos with these names that you think would go together. Opinions on the individual names are also welcome!

Here are my lists:







I’m not a huge fan of short names in general, but if they’re used, I tend to find short first/long middle combos more striking and elegant.

Combining all the names on your short list with ones on your long list, I like:

[name_f]Eva[/name_f] [name_f]Penelope[/name_f]
[name_f]Mia[/name_f] [name_f]Juliet[/name_f]
[name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_f]Isabel[/name_f]
[name_f]Lucy[/name_f] [name_f]Katherine[/name_f] (or [name_f]Lucia[/name_f] [name_f]Penelope[/name_f], with a nickname of [name_f]Lucy[/name_f])
[name_f]Rose[/name_f] [name_f]Vivienne[/name_f]
[name_f]Lily[/name_f] [name_f]Sophia[/name_f]
[name_f]Elena[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f]/[name_f]Elena[/name_f] [name_f]Katherine[/name_f] (Elena seems to work best as a first name and is visually short enough to work with your other short names, so that’s why I’m adding it here.)

[name_m]Leo[/name_m] [name_m]Julian[/name_m]
[name_m]Ezra[/name_m] [name_m]Theodore[/name_m]
[name_u]Jude[/name_u] [name_u]Elliot[/name_u]
[name_u]Finn[/name_u] [name_m]Oliver[/name_m]
[name_m]Milo[/name_m] [name_m]Gabriel[/name_m]

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with siblings having a mix of long and short names, either, especially if you intend to use nicknames a lot. [name_f]Eva[/name_f], [name_m]Milo[/name_m], and [name_f]Katherine[/name_f] might seem a bit mismatched in length, but if you call them [name_f]Eva[/name_f], [name_m]Milo[/name_m], and [name_f]Kate[/name_f] most of the time, I don’t think [name_f]Katherine[/name_f] would feel too left out. Also, [name_f]Lucia[/name_f] and [name_f]Elena[/name_f] are great middle ground names because I think they can fit with both styles since they look short (only five letters), but sound long (three syllables, assuming [name_f]Lucia[/name_f] is pronounced Loo-see-ah or Loo-chee-ah).