Too many Os?

Despite having two girls, we've never really come up with an official boy name. We just learned today that baby #3 is a boy, so we'll clearly have to decide on something!

I'd like opinions on first/last name combo. One name that we've tossed around for years ends in -o, similarly to Matteo, Pablo, Lorenzo, etc.. But, with the last name Oquendo, I've never been able to decide if it's just too much O for one name. Would something along the lines of Pablo Oquendo be okay? Or, it is really too awkward to have a first name end in O, and a last name begin with one?




March 19, 2015 9:48 PM

Congratulations on your baby boy! :)

What are your girl's names?

I think Pablo Oquendo would be fine, I don't see people giving him grief because of it. And I don't think it sounds awkward at all.

March 19, 2015 10:03 PM

Thanks so much! :-)

My girls are Zemirah, and Tirzah. A little matchier than we would've preferred, but they were what we loved best.

Our boy picks aren't any of the names listed, but we gravite toward boy names with that sort of sound. Thanks so much for the feedback!

March 19, 2015 10:51 PM

How about: Baz, Zeno, Azriel, Alonzo, Blaze (Blaise is better ;D), Ezra, Enzo, Ezekiel?

March 20, 2015 9:35 AM

That's even more matching! Not hugely into any of those, though I do happen to have a nephew Ezekiel. :-)

March 20, 2015 1:56 AM

I like all those names in isolation, but with your last name, I do think it's a lot of O sounds. I would probably avoid it.

However, I also think that the overall effect depends a bit on the actual first name. Pablo Oquendo sounds better to my ears than Lorenzo Oquendo, and I think that's for a few reasons. First, Lorenzo has two O sounds, whereas Pablo has one. Second, Pablo has the stress on the first (non-o) syllable, whereas Lorenzo's stressed syllables are the ones with Os. Finally, because Pablo has two syllables and Oquendo has three (at least, that's the way I imagine it pronounced), they feel a bit more distinct from one another. Lorenzo and Matteo both have three syllables, which makes them matchier with the last name.

So, if you feel really drawn to names that end in O, I think it will be least awkward if you minimize the effect by paying attention to the stresses and the syllables.

March 20, 2015 2:18 AM

Interesting, I stress the second -ren- syllable in Lorenzo not the Os. 

I agree with your opinion about syllables and repeated O sounds though. Pablo or Paulo or Marco work better with the last name than Lorenzo or Matteo.

March 20, 2015 10:06 AM

Yes, I do, too. I think Lorenzo Oquendo is particularly problematic because it's so close to a rhyme with Oquendo--I stress the 2nd syllable there, too, and pronounce the middle -en- with the same vowel, so you have o-Eh-o as the vowel/stress pattern for both. Matteo Oquendo doesn't seem nearly as similar.

OP, most of these don't bother me--they seem musical rather than sing-song. If there's one you really love, I'd go for it.

March 20, 2015 10:11 AM

Thankfully Lorenzo isn't technically on our list, it just has a similar feel to some others that we kind of like. I agree that that one in particular is quite matchy.

"musical rather than sing-song" sounds totally acceptible to me.

Thanks for the help!

March 20, 2015 9:41 AM

I was wondering about the syllable content, which is why I gave a few varied -o options. Oquendo is 3 syllables, and obviously starts AND ends in O. If not for our last name I'm sure we'd pick from the many good -o names. There's really no way around the last name though!
Thanks for chiming in! Very good points.

By mk
March 20, 2015 4:10 PM

No, it's not awkward at all. I wouldn't even have noticed if it wasn't pointed out.

March 20, 2015 5:23 PM

Thanks! It's hard to tell if it matters and easy to find possible flaws, especially with 7 years of us mulling over "maybe" boy names, but never needing to use one until now.

September 27, 2015 4:36 PM

A many many months later update - baby has arrived!!! Amadeo Richard is four days old (to the very minute, I notice as I glance at the time!), and completely adorable.

I didn't ever mention the actual name that we were thinking of using, but we did in fact go with the one that I was asking about, so many thanks for the reassurance that the O usage was okay. :-)


By LunaEverleigh7896 (not verified)
September 27, 2015 4:48 PM

Congrats, Melissa! Amadeo goes very nicely with your girls names. 

September 27, 2015 5:34 PM

Congratulations! Amadeo is a really stunning name - distinguished and really fun to say with your surname!

September 27, 2015 8:27 PM

Lovely compliment, thanks lucubratrix!

September 29, 2015 2:43 PM

How wonderful! I love how Amadeo rolls off the tongue. Congratulations.

September 29, 2015 2:52 PM

I don't think a given name ending in "-o" and the last name starting and ending in "-o" is a big deal.