Things to consider for surname 'Lindsay'?

[name_m]Hi[/name_m] everyone,

Our baby girl is due in [name_f]July[/name_f] and I’m just beginning the name hunt. I am new to the naming game so I wanted to ask for some help with the kind of ‘guidelines’ I should use for the surname, [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u].

So far I’m thinking I need names that don’t end in an L, names that don’t end with an ‘ee’ sound (too repetitive with the ee sound at the end of [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u]?), maybe a one or three syllable name rather than two syllables like the surname.

What else should we consider?

Thanks for your help :slight_smile:

Congrats! I think steering away from names ending in “l” might be a good idea- but if it ends in L and you love it- use it! I don’t think the matching endings is as much of an issue.


  1. I’d stay away from surnames. [name_u]Harper[/name_u] [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] would likely be switched around a lot to [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] [name_u]Harper[/name_u].

  2. I’d stay away from names ending in the -ee sound. [name_f]Holly[/name_f] [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] feels a bit too much like a cartoon character.

  3. I’d also try to avoid anything with heavy L or “zee” sounds. [name_f]Lizzie[/name_f] [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u], [name_f]Laurel[/name_f] [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u], [name_f]Suzie[/name_f] [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u]. Alliteration can work, but it really depends on the name and harder to do with such a strong letter as L.

After that, I think you’re good to go with most anything that you like.

Thanks for the help - a couple of things I hadn’t thought of there!

I would choose a fn that isn’t also known as a surname. Names like [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f], [name_f]Emma[/name_f], or [name_f]Margaret[/name_f] help differentiate the first from the last name.
For example, [name_f]Rose[/name_f] could be confusing. When you see it on paper is it ‘[name_f]Rose[/name_f] [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u]’ or did they forget the comma and it’s actually ‘[name_f]Rose[/name_f], [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u]’? However, [name_f]Violet[/name_f] avoids these problem because most won’t think her name is [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] [name_f]Violet[/name_f]

Personally, I’d pick something that ends in the “a” sound - it just seems like the best option for a name ending with an “L” beginning for the ln.

I know a girl named [name_f]Diana[/name_f], with your last name, just so you have an idea of what I’m talking about.
Maybe [name_f]Flora[/name_f]? [name_f]Kayla[/name_f]? [name_f]Christa[/name_f]?

More I hadn’t thought of - thanks!