I was reading a few of Kristin Rushowy’s “What’s Your Name?” essays recently and noticed that two of them mentioned name rhymes.
One of them was about a baby named Eshana Audria:
And, he adds, [the middle name] goes well with Eshana (which rhymes with nirvana).
The other was about a baby named Jace Cristiano:
When she told Gary, his response was: “Is there anything that rhymes with it that people could make fun of?” (Tania explains, “He didn’t want anything that anyone could torture him with.”) “Face” was the worst they could think of.
I like how these two quotes allude to the best and worst possible scenarios.
Some rhymes are great. They give names pleasant associations, and they can be used as tools to help new acquaintances both pronounce and remember names (as with Eshana and nirvana).
But some rhymes are unfortunate and can do a lot of damage, especially if the rhyme is either true (i.e. if “fat Matt” happens to be chunky) or ironic (i.e. if “slick Rick” isn’t so slick).
Of course, there’s a lot of middle ground. I got “fancy Nancy” a lot as a kid–didn’t love it, but it wasn’t too bothersome.
Does your name rhyme with anything interesting? (Check RhymeZone if nothing comes to mind.) What do your children’s names rhyme with? Did rhyme influence any of your baby-naming decisions?