[name_m]Even[/name_m] before TTC, I noticed that our last name presented some challenges for the baby naming department. It is [name_m]Elwood[/name_m], which reminds members of a certain generation of the main character in Legally Blonde and also doesn’t pair great with some names we’ve jotted down now that we are in fact on our way to become parents.
These are some of the issues we’re having at the moment:
All the names sound a bit too long. Although our last name isn’t particularly long, it sounds like it is when paired with names we like such as [name_m]Nicholas[/name_m], [name_m]Thomas[/name_m], [name_f]Madeleine[/name_f] and [name_f]Victoria[/name_f].
Too many vowel sounds that make the full name kind of clunky. It happens with names like [name_m]Oliver[/name_m], [name_f]Helena[/name_f], [name_f]Juliet[/name_f]… I say them outloud and it’s a mouthfull.
We are stuck with very formal, classic names. I really like names that are a bit obscure or outside the top 100 like [name_m]Phineas[/name_m], [name_m]Malachy[/name_m], [name_u]Lennox[/name_u], [name_f]Laurel[/name_f], [name_f]Phoebe[/name_f], but when I say them outloud or write them, I feel like our children sound like a YA novel character or a cartoon.
I would love to hear ideas from persons more creative that we are, as of now there hasn’t been a name we’ve liked that we felt less excited about when we paired it with our last name.