....is this too awful?! The name DH and I both love and have basically chosen starts with the same first letter as our surname. The new baby is another DS, so will never change surname! It is a two syllable name, so it is "broken up" a bit in the middle if you see what I mean...any thoughts?!
I think it depends on the other sounds in the name. If it rhymes as well as alliterates, or if other sounds are too similar, or if the stress patterns are very similar then I think it can sound bad. However, I think some alliterative names can be nice.
For example, Michael Matchel = bit of a mouthful and sounds silly (imo) because the names not only start with the same letter, but are also the same syllabic length, contain other similar sounds and are stressed in the same way.
Michael Morrison = I think this sounds fine - the amount of syllables are different and only the 'M' sounds alike.
Michael McNeal = although the sounds are similar, the different stresses make the combination sound ok.
So test the name against those various criteria and see how it fares.
I think it sounds better if syllable length is different but depends how much you love the name - quick hijack while we are on the subject...I like Hector for (non existent as yet) DS3 but surname is Harman. Does Hector Harman sound like a cartoon character??!!
Alliteration! That was the word I was thinking of when typing the thread title... - thanks for the thoughts, the two names have the same number of syllables but very different sounds...The first name is one we both really love and can't think of any other we both like, so am reluctant to choose something else just becuase of it.
maggiebellevirgo - dh also gave the example of Peter Parker to support the alliteration!!
It definately depends on the sound of the names etc.
My name is alliterated and I really like it, but, my first name is multisylable and is long therefore stretching out many sounds until you get to my surname which although starting with the same letter as my first name has a different second letter. I hope this makes sense!