Hi, I came across your blog in a desperate search for help in determining whether our name pick "flows". You seem like an expert on baby names so I thought I'd send you an email to see what you think!
My husband and I already have a three year old named Matthew, and we're expecting a baby girl in May. We've agreed on the name Skye Samantha, but I'm having doubts. I love the name, but originally we planned to call her Samantha Sky which I *know* flows well and I absolutely love.
It was just recently we decided we really like "Skye" and might prefer it as a first name. (I don't think we want to name our child with the intention of using her middle name... my sister-in-law and father-in-law have both taken that route and paperwork is always a nuissance.) Our last name is three syllables, starts with B and ends with "let."
As much as I still LOVE "Samantha" I do wonder if a different middle name might work better. My husband suggested "Abigail" but I just think Skye+Abby = scabby...
The problem is that Skye and Samantha were the only names we really agreed on. Other names I suggested were: Sarah, Sierra, Sienna, Eliza, Jessica, Isabelle. We'd also consider Elizabeth for her middle name since that's mine, but I wasn't sure if ending Skye with an "e" and starting a middle name with an "e" made sense. My husband also likes the name Dakota, but I'm not feeling it. He also likes "Skylar" but I feel that "Skye" is more original and I like the way it looks.
We want to avoid ending up with the intials SOB.
I think this will be our last child, though having a third isn't out of the question. For a boy, I love the name Noah Emmanual, but I don't think my husband is sold (even though Noah was a name we considered when we were expecting our first). If we had another girl I don't think we'd be able to find another name we could agree on!
Please help! Maybe you can reassure me that Skye Samantha flows just fine, or maybe you can come up with a suggestion we haven't thought of. I feel like baby girl will arrive and we'll still be "debating" the name issue.
One-syllable first names can be challenging to find good middle names for. I think Skye Samantha is great. In fact, I think I prefer it to Samantha Skye, though I think both work well. If you had written this as a middle name challenge, saying her name would be Skye _____ Bernadet [not the real surname, just showing the rhythm], I'd be first looking for a name with a da-DA-da sound: Skye da-DA-da DA-da-da. Samantha fits perfectly.
Skye Abigail is also pretty. Name rhythm/flow is very subjective, but my vote is that I prefer Skye Samantha. But I also don't think "scabby" is an issue, since people rarely get nicknames for their middle name.
I also don't see anything wrong with having Skye end in E and Elizabeth start with E, if you like Skye Elizabeth better---but again, I don't think it particularly helps the flow, so again would advise sticking with your favorite.
It can be reassuring to consider how often you think the first and middle names will be said together. In some families, the parents routinely call their children by first-middles, in which case it would be worth questing to find a combination you liked. In most situations, however, the middle name all but vanishes after the birth announcements are sent out, and it seems more important to choose a name you love than a rhythm you love.