Alliteration name - all the RR's

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DaisyChainsForever Mon 29-Jun-20 15:08:47

Surname begins with an R (2nd letter i if it makes any difference) and has one syllable. Top of our list so far are, Rosie, Ruby, Rory and Reggie. Is it a terrible idea that sounds cute as a child but doesn't work for an adult?

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Edenember Mon 29-Jun-20 15:21:03

@DaisyChainsForever i don’t think alliteration is automatically a problem necessarily provided that in the specific case of repeated r’s it’s not too much of a mouthful. One of my children has an alliterative name. For me alliteration comes down on one of 2 sides; it can either feel a bit low rent local radio dj or similar downmarket vibe e.g Bruno brookes, David Dickinson, i.e people who’ve picked a ‘stage name’ to sound glam but ended up sounding anything but, or it can sound actually starry and untouchable e.g Marilyn Monroe (can’t think of another example 😂). Just depends on the individual name and surname combo as to which side it comes down on I guess but I certainly wouldn’t rule out alliteration full stop as some combos definitely work.

DaisyChainsForever Mon 29-Jun-20 15:23:32

@Edenember it's funny you mention the celebrity thing, as that is one of the things thats crossed my mind! confused

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Cbeebiesrehab Mon 29-Jun-20 16:15:03

I like alliterative names! But be aware that a lot of children struggle with the R sound! They could end up Wuby Woberts (example obviously) for a good few years.

Lavenderbluesy Mon 29-Jun-20 16:19:05

Not just children but many adults struggle with their Rs.

larrythelizard Mon 29-Jun-20 16:32:54

I love it but DH didn't so any matching names were off the list for us!

notalwaysalondoner Mon 29-Jun-20 16:39:38

Me and a sibling have alliterative names and I think they’re great - but my parents chose them carefully. Our surname is also Eastern European which maybe makes them more interesting sounding and less twee. But just wanted to say unless you have 4+ children where it starts getting a bit weird, alliterative names can work well!


DaisyChainsForever Mon 29-Jun-20 19:50:44

Thank you everyone. Lots to think about. May have to go back to the drawing board with names!

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MikeUniformMike Mon 29-Jun-20 20:01:01

It depends on the surname.

I wouldn't unless it sounds really good.

Rory I would avoid because it would get Vo-vy and Wo-wy in my circle.

OrangeJ Mon 29-Jun-20 20:08:28

I think alliteration is fine. Sitting here racking my brain for if I know anyone with an alliterative name and my brother does!...two T’s. I’ve never even thought about it. 😅

Oh and I have honestly never met one person in my life that struggles with saying r’s. Maybe I’m a minority 🤷‍♀️

Also I really like all your names ☺️

Bundlemuffin Mon 29-Jun-20 20:13:13

Great as long as your DC doesn't have a speech impediment.

There was a poor girl at my school whose name was all S sounds (think Sandra Simpson). She had a lisp...

scrivette Mon 29-Jun-20 20:16:14

Alliteration is fine as long as it doesn't rhyme as well. I had to abandon my favourite boys name due to this (I liked the sound but no one else did!)

ClashCityRocker Mon 29-Jun-20 20:33:34

I think it depends on the name, to be honest.

Rory Roberts, Rosie Roberts etc sound less cartoonish to my ear than say, Rory Rice, Rosie Rice.

But then I think Rory and Rosie are quite 'young' names. Not that they're not perfectly acceptable adult names, but if I heard them I'd picture a child...which I think also adds to the name sounding like a character in a kids book.

Richard Rice, for example, I wouldn't see in the same way as Rory Rice.

I don't think it's a huge issue though.

MikeUniformMike Mon 29-Jun-20 20:46:26

Go by the sound of the Firstname Surname combination.

The Rory Roberts/Rory Rice example - I think the difference is that Roberts has more consonants and syllables.

Robert Redford
Ray Reardon
Robert Robinson
Ryan Reynolds

Ones that might not work:
Rosie Ross
Rory Rudd

Ragtime69 Mon 29-Jun-20 20:53:51

I went to school with a Fernando Fernandez. Love that alliteration!

Dollywilde Mon 29-Jun-20 20:53:57

Funnily enough I knew someone at uni with a RR name and I always use it as an example of how alliterative names can sound very rock star. Made me think of the band Rose Royce. She was very cool!

Our surname begins with a P so any alliterative names make you think of Peter Piper grin 😂

BigGlasses Mon 29-Jun-20 20:59:39

I know lots of people with alliterative names and I don't think anything of it. Maybe because I have one myself, but then mine has slighty different sounds, eg Shirley Smith.

With your surname being just one syllable it makes it a bit trickier, I think it needs a longer firstname to balance out the short surname, Eg Randolf Right or Roland Right works better than Roy Right.

DennisTMenace Mon 29-Jun-20 21:17:45

My siblings have alliterative names. This post is the first time I have even found out that anyone might think it is an issue and I am pushing middle aged. I wouldn't even think about it if naming a child. Agree rhyming names are a bit too twee.

MikeUniformMike Mon 29-Jun-20 21:17:59

Shirley Smith isn't alliterative.
Celine Smith is.

Philip Piper isn't alliterative. P. Piper is.

Canyousewcushions Mon 29-Jun-20 21:40:18

I think you'd need to be really careful with Rory, that's a lot of r's and will turn into a bit of a tongue twisted if said quickly.

The other one to watch for with R's is the number of syllables between the r sounds (kind of linked to the rory thing)

Regie Rice works much better than Rory Rice when said quickly, because of the re-rye sound you get in the middle of the latter. My name has a similar sound when said fast and I'm often asked to repeat it- both really common names but the ra-ra sound I get in the middle when said together doesn't work so well.

I know quite a few R-R alliteration and it does work well in general I think.

Ellmau Tue 30-Jun-20 12:05:07

Depends on the name/surname combination, but a lot of alliterative names sound like comic characters.

EL8888 Tue 30-Jun-20 12:13:31

It’s a tricky one. I have always liked Molly / Mollie but my surname starts with Mc. My first thought is Irish pub grin with the name Molly Mc******

spiderlight Tue 30-Jun-20 13:30:43

DS has an alliterative RR name and it's never caused a problem, but his first name is three syllables (when pronounced the Anglicised way, which is how it's pronounced by everyone but me - it's more like two syllables when pronounced correctly). When he was little and loved cars, he liked having the same initials as Rolls Royce. I don't think anyone has ever commented on the alliteration apart from DH's brother who has trouble with his Rs and joked about it when we announced the name, and it's so rare that anyone says his full name out loud that it's just not been an issue.

LittleGwyneth Tue 30-Jun-20 15:49:07

I'm an RR and I absolutely love it.

DaisyChainsForever Tue 30-Jun-20 21:24:45

Thank you everyone!

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