Can you have a first name ending in -a if the surname ends in -er?

(16 Posts)
Thistledew Tue 02-Feb-16 08:13:42

Baby's surname will end in an -er sound, and I really don't like it when people mispronounce it to end in an -a sound.

But most of the girls names I like are ones that end in an -a sound. Would these sound odd together?

I'm not that keen on -ie ending names either, so suggestions of strong, classic names ending in consonants would be appreciated. Things I like are:

Erin
Kate (Katherine)
Bethan
Lois
Alexis

Boys names seem a little easier. Any suggestions along the lines of:

Sebastian
Laurence
Tristan
Eliot
Elias
Nathaniel (Nate)

Sgoinneal Tue 02-Feb-16 08:21:38

All depends on where you are, accent, how much it annoys you and how the stress falls in the name (would the last syllables be emphasised?)
I think I like Kate or Bethan the best from your girls names, and definitely Laurence.

Ruth
Megan
Vivienne
Ellen/Helen
Eve
Faith
Iris
Juliet
Claire
Tamsin

Alasdair
Peter
Frederick
Josiah
Jonah
Malachi

WingMirrorSpider Tue 02-Feb-16 08:24:40

My DD has an 'a' ending name and an 'er' occupational surname and it's been I problem to her. In fact it never crossed my mind until you mentioned it! She's lived with it for 13 years so I assume she's ok with it.

Trying to think of famous examples..

Lana Turner
Ava Gardner
Jessica Fletcher (!)
Sarah Jessica Parker

WingMirrorSpider Tue 02-Feb-16 08:25:10

No problem I meant!

Sgoinneal Tue 02-Feb-16 08:27:47

Great examples Wings! I quite like alliterative or assonant names myself. I kind of had one as my name before I married and miss it sometimes.

CrotchetQuaverMinim Tue 02-Feb-16 08:56:58

Tina Turner was what sprang to mind first!

Names ending in consonants, not so commonly used now so maybe due for a revival?
Rachel
Robyn
Jayne
Miriam
Denise
Yvonne
Gill(ian)/Jill
Mirabel

Thistledew Tue 02-Feb-16 09:16:14

Ok, maybe I'm over thinking it!

Some -a ending names I like:

Saskia
Helena
Rowena

And breaking my no -ie rule:

Amelie
Esme

More consonant endings:

Honor

ispymincepie Thu 04-Feb-16 18:23:21

Isla Fisher
I think it's fine

RedOnHerHedd Thu 04-Feb-16 18:36:18

My first and last (married name) both begin with the same letter and both end in an "uh" sound and it sounds ridiculous when you say them both together. So I'm guessing that you just have to work out whether it sounds wrong to you or not.

mathanxiety Thu 04-Feb-16 20:44:35

I agree you are overthinking it.

Saskia, Helena and Rowena are lovely. I like Esme too. And Honor.

Thistledew Thu 04-Feb-16 23:46:51

I'm having major collywobbles about this whole 'pick a name' malarkey. DH has made his choices, but I'm kind of stunned into inaction. It seems like such a big decision, and that I should be making my choices based on something more significant than 'I thought it was a nice name'.

Yes, I am really overthinking.

mathanxiety Fri 05-Feb-16 02:19:53

smile Thistledew.

Is there anything in your life that you are really into -- music, the books of some author, some book you read, some painter's work, some place you would love to visit or some place you loved when you visited? If there is anything with good associations that might lead to a name, maybe focus on that. It's nice to feel the name you choose is in some way connected to you and your life.

MariaV0nTrapp Fri 05-Feb-16 03:57:05

My niece has a name ending in 'a' and surname ending 'er' that doesn't bother me at all.

However, my first name ends with the same sound as my middle name starts. It has bugged me since I can remember and makes it sound like a mouthful. I don't think my parents ever said my name out loud before I was registered, or They didnt care confused

KimmySchmidtsSmile Fri 05-Feb-16 04:55:15

Debra Winger

InionEile Fri 05-Feb-16 06:03:22

There is the American writer Willa Cather

Doublebubblebubble Fri 05-Feb-16 06:06:03

Just as an example - Jessica Butler. Yes you can.

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