Name stairs: a name puzzle challenge
A brainteaser for a lazy summer day...how long a "staircase" can you build with names? Start with a name then add one letter at a time to the beginning, with each step being another name that appears in the NameVoyager. For instance:
I can make a bunch of three-step staircases, but so far that fourth step has proven elusive. Can you do better?
You can also try the other direction, adding letters to the end:
That's a trivial example, but looking for ending stairs gives you a great appreciation of how much each generation builds on classic name roots -- some staircases look like steps through time. So far I've hit five steps using endings, and four where each extra letter adds a whole syllable like so: