A reader named Kelley is looking for a female name to go with the surname Phelan (FEE-lan). So far, she likes Eleanor, and her boyfriend likes Megan.
This is a very open-ended question, but here’s my take:
I find it interesting that Kelley’s boyfriend likes Megan, because I actually have the opposite view. I think a first name that has both the same rhythm and the same n-ending as Phelan would sound a bit odd, so I’d cross Megan and similar names (e.g. Erin, Helen, Lauren, Susan, Jordan) off my list.
I do like Eleanor with Phelan, on the other hand. They share some consonant and vowel sounds, but each has a distinct rhythm, so (to me) they are similar without being “matchy.” A nice balance, I think.
Other names I might throw out there? Let’s see…
Sticking with the “Eleanor” pattern, most of the above are have sounds in common with Phelan, but rhythms all their own.
What other names would you suggest to Kelley?
Update – The baby has arrived! Scroll down to the last comment to see what names they chose…