Most of my favorite first names have 2 syllables and occasionally 3. Very few 4 syllables+ (?) or 1 syllable.
I don’t like 1-syllable middle names at all. I realize they make everyone’s lives easier, but to me, there are no family names I have 1-syllable, most of the time, they just seem too throw-away, e-z-bake, garanimals kind of name.
I guess I don’t really have a favorite pattern. I am really also bad at haikus also, for example, I do not have the ability to count syllables while I’m talking or reading, so I don’t hear any balance or imbalance except in the total sound or look. I think a powerful 1-1-1 is as interesting as a 4-2-1 and nothing at all to get worked up over on a 2-2-2. If my child ended up with a 2-2-2, I think it would still sound good. I think sticking to any formula rather than choosing names you like is the wrong way to bestow a name on someone. Formulas are like a mold, and I always love to hear great names that break the mold. That has as much as anything to do with naming someone. Choosing names with character, choosing patterns that really set them apart.
1-1-1 - [name]James[/name] [name]Earl[/name] [name]Jones[/name] - tell me that’s a name that needs more syllabic asymmetry and formula to be ok! Try and tell me it’s too short and needs to be longer.