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Posted 06 January 2013 - 03:55 PM
Do you think James is ok as a first name with a short, 4 letter, one syllable surname?
Due any day and still undecided!
Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:25 PM
Not perfect but probably doable. I would say James Brown is OK but not James Jones or James Smith. All depends on how fussy you are really. Jamieson on the other hand would go well with all these examples.
ETA I think the syllable count matters not the number of letters. James Blue or James West are OK.
Edited by Gudrun, 06 January 2013 - 04:31 PM.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:32 PM
Another vote for syllable....DD is Mia (so two syllables) and she has a one syllable surname (four letters as well) and it flows okay.
I wouldn't name my child a one syllable first name as imo it doesn't flow well with DPs surname.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:35 PM
I am all about the syllables. I like to use my full name more often now as I have a short, 1 syllable surname.
My son has a short, 4 letter, 1 syllable surname. I wanted to give him a 3 syllable first name to balance it out. He has a 2 syllable middle name for good measure.
Our next baby will also have a 3 syllable first name.
I would personally find James too short and abrupt, and would go for Jeremy.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:49 PM
we have a one syllable surname and FIL has one syllable first name, so do my boys, they have had one syllable first names with the short surname for about 150 years
James is a great name - a big tick from me
Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:14 PM
Really depends on the last name, personally we stayed away for all one syllable names as our last name is only one syllable and nothing we liked flowed well with it.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:40 AM
Off the top of my head I can think of both a 4 year old boy and a 30-something man I know with first name James and surname 1 syllable, both work OK. One of them is a 4 letter surname.
My biggest beef with James is that it's everywhere, at least in my circle of friends, family and acquaintances.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:46 AM
I deliberately chose a longer first name for DS because I have a short one syllable surname. My first name is also one syllable and when I say my full name, I often get "and what's your surname?". It doesn't help that my first name is unusual. So DS got lumped with four syllables for his first name lol! I think it flows a lot better than my own name though.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:07 AM
Thanks Ladies... I'm inclined to agree that James Arthur Foal is a bit short, what about Thomas James Foal? It's just that James has some family history while Thomas is just a name my DH loves. It concerns me because Thomas seems to be everywhere these days.
Thomas can also be shortened and is likely to be shortened to Tom/Tommy. I guess James could be Jim/Jimmy anyway.
I feel like going back to the drawing board but with only 8 days to go (maximum), I'm feeling the pressure to have at least a couple of name combinations on stand by...
Please continue to share your thoughts and suggestions... we like really 'normal, classic' names.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:45 AM
DH isn't keen on names that are often surnames... I don't mind Jamison though, and quite like Harrison, but just can't seem to nail 'the one'...
Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:38 PM
Jamison or James go well - use James it's special to use a name with a connection
Thomas is nice though
other names with the same meaning as James are
Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:10 PM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:29 PM
DH is leaning towards Thomas James Foal, but I'm not sold on Tom as a nn and DH already says he likes Tom..... It's all a bit short for me....
Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:51 AM
James is nicer than Thomas. But, I'd always think that no matter your last name. Unless you wanted to name him James James, my one exception.
James T. Kirk says you can use it with a one-syllable last name.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:35 AM
Thanks la Di dah... I am inclined to agree...have been thinking of other James' with one syllable surnames and came up with James Bond and James Brown... They don't sound too choppy do they?
Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:30 AM
Just be aware that with Thomas shortened to Tom, you get Tom Foal (tomfoolery)... Sorry, I really like Tom too.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:04 AM
Thanks Julieandmore... I must admit that our surname is not foal... but it is a short, 4 letter surname. I thought someone might pick up on the Tom foolery connection as I was typing my last post! I appreciate everyone's ideas, suggestions and feed back... only 6 days to go ...
Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:56 AM
Why not use James as his formal name, and Jamie as a nickname?
Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:15 PM
Hi OP - my DH is a James and he has a short, four letter last name. It goes really well. His middle name is longer, and his NN is Jamie which is used by everyone so sounds two syllable anyway.
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