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Divisive I know.... But opinions on alliteration/rhyming names?

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Thebuttonfancier Thu 06-Feb-14 04:54:21

DH and I had all but settled on Felicity for DD1 (due in a week) but have had a last minute change if heart.

I have always loved the names Rose / Rosie and it's also a family name. Problem is that I automatically discounted it as our surname is Rh**es <greek island>. I accept that Rose Rh**es doesn't work but we've looked again at other longer Rose names and both love Roseanna. Middle name will be Beatrice so am content that Roseanna Beatrice sounds pretty but can we get away with it with our surname? I was thinking that this name at least gives DD the option of Anna too which I also like.

Nn would be Rosie which I know when put with the surname is very similar but I have convinced myself it's distinctive sounding rather than ridiculous. I expect a few raised eyebrows which I can handle but just wanted to check whether this was just the right side of acceptable or not?

Don't need opinions on Roseanna versus Rosanna as much prefer the e version of the name.

Thanks v much!

(Ps anyone else find it impossible to sleep these days!!?)

Onesleeptillwembley Thu 06-Feb-14 05:13:45

I absolutely wouldn't. You might be prepared for a few raised eyebrows, but would the child?

AliOh Thu 06-Feb-14 05:22:11

Will be watching with interest. In a similar position - the only name DP and I have agreed on so far for our little boy is Oliver - DPs surname is O'Sullivan. Beautiful name choices by the way, IMO it sounds fine. I never thought picking a name would be so difficult!!!!

Homebird8 Thu 06-Feb-14 05:29:07

Could easily end up with Row-Row (as in the boat). Cute for a toddler. Might still work later on. Depends on your point of view.

I knew a Rowan who married a Mr Rowan. Similar thing. She coped ok though and is a solicitor so no barrier to being taken seriously.

There may well be people who cats-bum over it though in a 'what were they thinking way'.

Elllimam Thu 06-Feb-14 05:47:43

Roseanna R---des sounds ok but Rosie Rh--des sounds a bit cutesy and Rose Rho-es could sound like the same name twice especially when she is learning to talk.

imip Thu 06-Feb-14 05:58:28

We veered away from an alliteration violet and surname begins with V also, with a double 'l' next to each other. We did toy with it, and dd4 was unnamed for a number of weeks. They have a complicated surname, and we decided not to go with it.

I think that at school, she will be known as Rosie, so the alliteration would be common place, and it would be difficult.

Some all iterations work, some don't.

In our case, we love dds first name now, it is always commented on. Violet is her middle name.


Tea1Sugar Thu 06-Feb-14 06:14:05

Our dd will be Emilia Kate Em****ton (surname) so I had a niggle about it for similar reasons but we aren't pronouncing Emilia as Emma-Lea as some might but e-mee-lee-ya instead so there isn't a stress on "em". I really like it smile

curlew Thu 06-Feb-14 06:26:14

Just remember she will be introducing herself to people in all sorts of circumstances for 80 years. You're prepared for a few raised eyebrows when she is a baby, but think of her getting them practically every day of her life.

curlew Thu 06-Feb-14 06:28:19

And Felicity Beatrice Rh**des is lovely!

sebsmummy1 Thu 06-Feb-14 06:37:47

We ended up with alliteration and at first I was really against it.

I had kept saying my son's full name in my head with the middle name too and of course it sounded fine. Then one day I was driving back from work and I realised no one was going to be calling him S__ E__ S_ they were just going to be calling him S__ S__ and I freaked out. It sounded like a showbiz name.

Problem was there was no moving from his forename as we both loved it and there was nowt we could about his surname.

It doesn't rhyme though! Think that might have pushed me over the edge lol

2beornot Thu 06-Feb-14 06:42:13

I've just realised my dsis had an alliterative name. Can't say it has ever been an issue. I think sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. In your case I think it's fine.

overmydeadbody Thu 06-Feb-14 07:00:50

I would not raise an eyebrow at this at all.

I like alliteration in names.

Smokeandapancake Thu 06-Feb-14 07:14:33

I'd never really considered that alliteration would raise eyebrows. IMO it sounds great, that's why people pick stage names with alliteration. Roseanne R----s sounds lovely! How often are you addressed by your full name anyway?

EirikurNoromaour Thu 06-Feb-14 07:17:45

Nobody will call her roseanna Beatrice though. She will be Rosie rh-Des and it does sound a bit silly.

bloob Thu 06-Feb-14 07:25:24

Rosie Rhodes sounds silly IMO

OrangeMochaFrappucino Thu 06-Feb-14 07:27:20

think Roseanna Rh**es is lovely and that's the full name. Nns are harder to predict but personally I think Rosie Rh**es is gorgeous and wouldn't be a burden at all. I would go for it if I were you.

And no sleep here at 29 weeks, it sucks! Good luck and congrats.

Sexnight Thu 06-Feb-14 07:31:44

Rosie Rh-Des sounds great. Rose doesn't. Anna Rh-Des is also very lovely. Xx

TamerB Thu 06-Feb-14 07:37:12

I wouldn't - we ruled out names for that very reason.

CaptainCunt Thu 06-Feb-14 07:43:17

DH says it sounds like a stripper :/

sebsmummy1 Thu 06-Feb-14 07:50:04

It's surprising how things that jar initially become normal very quickly. I imagine similar to swapping your maiden name for your husbands surname. All sorts of wrong at the beginning then before you know it you can't remember your name any other way.

Paintyfingers Thu 06-Feb-14 07:50:17

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McRoo Thu 06-Feb-14 07:59:01

I didn't call my son Rory (although I desperately wanted to) and won't use it as a middle name either because my surname starts with an R and I felt it would be too much. Same goes for any R names for future children. I wouldn't do it if I were you.

mamalovebird Thu 06-Feb-14 08:09:56

My son's name starts with S as does his surname. I have never had any negative comments about it, but maybe that's because I don't really care and don't notice but I like it and he doesn't have any problems with it.

Each to their own. I ruled out an 'S' name that I liked for dd as I wasn't keen on siblings with the same initial but that's not to say I have problems with others that have done it. If you like it, do it.

Theonlyoneiknow Thu 06-Feb-14 10:02:57

I regret not calling DS the name Fergus because our surname is F.R.Y.E.R. . I really wish I has gone for it now so , i would go for it!!

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Thu 06-Feb-14 10:06:08

I also think Rosie Rh*des sounds odd because rosey is an adjective and roads is a noun.

Although rosey roads are lovely. grin

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