A reader named Kennith contacted me a few weeks ago about the names Dale Earl and Dallas Earl for his son.
He didn’t receive my initial response (as my emails haven’t been going out lately) but, luckily, he stopped by the other day and left a comment letting me know that he’s now considering the name Dalen Earl as well:
Nancy, I emailed you awhile back about a boy’s name but I’m not sure you got it. I like the name Dallas Earl but now I have a new name to consider, Dalen Earl. My late father and late brother’s middle names were Dale so I added an n at the end and loved it, does it sound good? My middle name is Earl as is my uncle and grandfather.
First, thank you for trying again, Kennith. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to give you some feedback.
Second, let’s try a three-way poll:
In the comments, please let us know which option you chose and why.
Here are my thoughts:
When it was Dale Earl vs. Dallas Earl, I had a slight preference for Dallas. I loved that Dale was a family name, but I just wasn’t keen on the sound of “Dale Earl.”
Now that it seems to be Dallas Earl vs. Dalen Earl, I think I’ll stick to my preference for Dallas. I like that Dalen is close to Dale, but I also think people will misspell and mispronounce it a lot because it’s rather unusual. Dallas is more familiar, so living with it ought to be less of a hassle.
Do you agree? Disagree?