It’s overwhelming enough to decide on a perfect first name for your baby, but if you’re not considering its effects on your baby’s last name you may be setting him up for future disaster. It’s easy to overlook how the combination of your baby’s first name and last name will work together. Let’s look at a few pointers in this area.
Perhaps the most obvious place to start is using a duplicate name for your baby’s first and last names. William Williams or John Johnson for example. These names may cause some flack for your child going through school or they may provide a way to really set them apart. Mitch Mitchell, for example, was a famous drummer with Jimi Hendrix.
Common words as last names can present problems. My last name (before I got married) is Byrd and I have to think twice about names so my baby doesn’t end up with a silly name. Be especially aware if your last name is slang for something vulgar. You can be sure your child will never live down a name like Richard Johnson once they hit high school.
Next, make sure the first name you pick doesn’t end with the same sound that your last name begins with. For example, when saying Mark Kogan aloud, it sounds like Mark Ogan or Mar Kogan. And John Nolan becomes Jaw Nolan or John Olan. Just a small point to check for once you’re pretty certain on a name.
Also make sure that shortened first names don’t clash with your baby’s last name. Edward Jed will most likely shorten to Ed Jed which has a silly sound to it. The classic prank phone call name Ben Dover is the result of a shortened first name as well.
Any name you choose can be made fun of somehow, but these are just some ways to make sure you avoid the most obvious mistakes. Above all, be sure to say your baby’s whole name outloud so that you can evaluate its entire sound. Good luck finding that perfect name for your baby!