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How Does This Sound

Found a name you like? Say it out loud, over and over again. Say with the child's last name, over and over again. Say it with the child's middle name, over and over again. Say it all together, over and over again. If you think this is annoying try saying a name that you picked haphazardly only to realized as your child grows up that you dislike it.

You will say your child's name a million times in all different voices and moods. It is important to be entirely happy with the first name alone and in combination with the middle and last names.

Saying names aloud will find out any downfalls of a name that do not appear on paper. Here are some advance tips that might spare your vocal chords:

Be suspicious of a first name that has the same number of syllables as the child's last name. Said together they can sound flat.

Avoid a first name that ends with the same syllable that your last name begins with because listeners may find it difficult to realize where one the break between the two lies (Phil Little).

Names that end with similar sounds can seem comical (Paul Small, Cherry Leary, Albert Probert).

Finally, if you have a short last name consider a first name with more than one syllable and if you have a long name consider a short first name. Aim for a variety of sound.

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