Alliterative name???? Help!!

Just like almost every other female out there, I've been thinking baby names since I was a little girl. I've always been drawn to M names, but there's now a married name begins with M and I've NEVER been a fan of alliterative names. It's been gnawing at me, so I figured that I'd post on a naming forum. 


My husband likes Mischa. Our last name is Malone. Mischa Malone doesn't sound bad at all, but I almost can't get past the alliteration, but that's what started to open me up to the possibility. I love Molly, but I think Molly Malone is too much. And he doesn't like it. But my main dilemma is Maxton. I LOVE the name Maxton, and really like Max. But I wonder if it's over the top. Maxton Malone doesn't sound too bad to me, but I'm almost afraid that Max Malone sounds like a cartoon character and wouldn't be taken seriously. As a female with a boys' name, a name taken seriously is VERY important to me since I don't take mine seriously, especially as an adult. I don't want a boy to grow up and he no longer fit his name. 


So long story short, what do you guys think of:

Mischa Malone

Molly Malone 

and most importantly Maxton/Max Malone?


too much, cartoon character, good names?


February 24, 2014 12:50 AM

I would take Mischa Malone over Molly Malone (the latter reminds me of a children's book character or something), and Maxton Malone over Max Malone (The Mighty Max Malone, lol).

Having an extended FN over a nickname relieves the alliteration. I have know someone with an alliterative name (both FN/LN start with same two letters, but the different syllables break the rhyme sounds up. 2-2 is a good FN/LN syllable match, though, so I wouldn't worry about it. Love Mischa by the way. :)

February 24, 2014 2:01 AM

I agree with Max Malone sounding cartoon-y, but dont think I could name a son Maxton without using Max. Max is such a good name to me.  And I feel as if it's better that the nickname sounds cartoon-y as opposed to the full name. But you'vme pretty much summed up what I've been trying to convince myself of, that alliterative names don't always have to be bad! It was just something I told myself I wouldn't do, until my last initial became more common than my maiden initial was. 

February 24, 2014 12:53 AM

Mischa is a Russian boys' nickname, I believe, but to American ears I'm afraid it would sound feminine. You are probably the best person to judge whether that is an issue! 

I think Molly and Max Malone are great names. But then, my name is Mary and my maiden name began with an M, so I had an alliterative name 'til I was 25. I liked being "M&M" and wished my friends would call me that, way before Marshall Mathers started going by Eminem. (They never did call me that, sadly.)

I have to say I have never heard "Maxton" before, so it sounds a bit like part if the current "ends in n" fad to me. I might prefer Maxwell or Maximillian (though that also ends in n) as more classic full name options for Max. But Ilike Max a lot, regardless, seems like a smart guy with a sense of humor. And Molly is just as likeable as can be, cheerful but clever and taking nobody's guff. :-) 

February 24, 2014 2:03 AM

We like Mischa for a girl, so it would be non-issue.

I understand your opinion on Maxton being a fad. It's probably the most fad-y name I'll ever consider, because I feel like it's still a fairly safe alternative. It would be one thing if I spelt it Maxdyn. Maxwell makes me think of coffee or the Nanny and Maximillian Malone is way too many Ms and Ls, otherwise I would love it. But I appreciate your fellow love for Max and Molly because I adore them both. 

February 24, 2014 2:21 AM

I'm definitely a poster that's firmly against alliteration. I can say I am okay with Mischa Malone... but I couldn't handled the other two. Maxton did make me think immediately of Paxton & Daxton though, if either of those would work for you.

February 24, 2014 3:18 AM

In Dublin's fair city,
Where the girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"
"Alive, alive, oh,Alive, alive, oh,"
Crying "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh".
She was a fishmonger,
But sure 'twas no wonder,
For so were her father and mother before,
And they each wheeled their barrows,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"
She died of a fever,
And none could relieve her,
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone.
But her ghost wheels her barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"

I personally wouldn't be naming a child Molly Malone unless I were OK with the above song. Also there is a statue of Molly Malone in a prominent place in Dublin. This is what Wikipedia has to say about it: Molly is commemorated in a statue designed by Jeanne Rynhart, erected to celebrate the city's first millennium in 1988. Placed at the bottom of Grafton Street in Dublin, this statue is known colloquially as "The Tart With The Cart", "The Dish With The Fish", "The Trollop With The Scallop(s)", "The Dolly With the Trolley", and "The Flirt in the Skirt". The statue portrays Molly as a busty young woman in seventeenth-century dress. Her low-cut dress and large breasts were justified on the grounds that as "women breastfed publicly in Molly's time, breasts were popped out all over the place." [2] Sorry, I wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole. I wouldn't claim that my opinion on this is universal, but I wouldn't give a Russian male nickname to a little girl with the non-Russian surname Malone. Maxton is not my taste, but I don't see any problems with it. It is a surname and so fits the current trend for surnames as given names, and as far as I know it has no particular negative associations. There are hundreds of names beginning with M. Why not look under M on behindthename, and see if something else strikes you?

February 24, 2014 3:25 PM

Oh, goodness. I had only heard of Molly Malone until I googled the actual name. I didn't realize that many people knew it!!!! I have LOVED the name Molly my whole life. It is the only name I have stayed in love with since I was a little girl. It wasn't a problem before I became a Malone! 

February 24, 2014 7:45 AM

I am another M surname who is against alliteration. For me it has ruled out a number of favourites but is a dealbreaker for me. 

Love Paxton! but Pax is hardly Max as a nn.

I think longer names that are commonly abbreviated will often get written/spoken as "NN LN". So even if the full name was Maxton, the "Max Malone" character would still follow him. But hey, maybe he would just own it and love it!


Misha is a super cute name. Google Misha Bear (and 'living textiles' if you want) and check out the adorable charachter we decorated my first nursery with! love it. Misha Malone... you're right it doesn't sound too bad, but personally the alliteration would still write it off for me. 

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February 24, 2014 11:04 AM

I married into an M surname which I continue to use, so, yes, my name as I use it alliterates, and the sky hasn't fallen.  I do not see a problem with alliterating names.  It's a matter of personal taste whether or not one likes/dislikes alliteration, but I can testify that an alliterating name does not pose any sort of problem.

February 24, 2014 10:13 AM

I think Mischa Malone is fine, if unusual. Some people are going to assume a girl, and some a boy, with that name, so if that ambiguity would bother you, I'd avoid it for that reason instead of for the sound.

Molly Malone -- well, Miriam already pointed out why that one's best avoided.  I love the song, which my mother sang to all of her children as a lullaby, and which I sing to mine, but as a given name I think it's...not the wisest choice. Even though the song isn't as widely known as it once was.

Maxton or Max Malone is fine.  I'm not fond of the name Maxton, personally, but it sounds OK with the surname and I think Max does, too -- it's a tiny bit "1920s boxer/gangster" but with "Malone" as a surname there's a little inevitability to that anyway.  (The hockey player Ryan Malone is nicknamed "Bugsy" by his teammates, for example.)

February 24, 2014 3:16 PM

I think it's interesting that you brought up Ryan Malone, because that is my name, except mine is spelled with and H. Lol. 

I kind of like that you think Max Malone sounds 20s gangster-ish. I think it makes it kind of cool. 

February 24, 2014 11:33 AM

I'm one who likes alliterated names. I think they sound snappy and make a name memorable. 

I like Mischa. The only time I've ever heard the name was in Mischa Barton of "The OC" fame. 

There is a chain of Irish Pub style bar/restaurants named Molly Malone's that I used to frequent in college. I'm not sure how wide spread the chain is. It's a great name, it just seems to have some baggage with as pointed out above about the song.

I've not heard of the name Maxton. It does sound "trendy" but with the traditional nickname Max I think it's fine. 

Bottom line, I wouldn't worry about the alliteration. I think it's cute!

February 24, 2014 3:34 PM

I think that's why I like Maxton. It's somewhat trendy, but I think it's still fairly safe considering I'd still be able to take it seriously had I met a Maxton my age today in a professional setting. 

February 24, 2014 11:39 AM

I'll start by stating that I am generally not a fan of alliteration.  However, I occassionally run across a name that I really like.  It seems when alliteration works for me, it works really well.  I'm sure there's an M name that sounds great with Malone, just as there will be others that don't sound nice.

Mischa Malone sounds OK.  However, I think Mischa is going to cause at least some confusion as it is technically a boy's nickname.  The Russian first name combined with the Irish last name also sounds off to me.

Molly Malone, even before Miriam posted the poem I was wondering if that wasn't the name of a character in something.  So yeah, I'd probably pass on that one.

I prefer Max Malone over Maxton Malone.  They honestly both sound like cartoon characters to me.  But Maxton Malone sounds a bit like you are intentionally trying for that cartoon feel.  Perhaps because Maxton just isn't really my style to begin with.


February 24, 2014 11:59 AM

I'm a little confused about whether you're planning to use these names for a girl or a boy. Is Maxton intended to be a girl's name? I wouldn't go there. For a boy, however, I think it works well and sounds fine with Malone. I only know one Mischa, a man, so it would seem jarring to me on a girl. 

February 24, 2014 3:22 PM

Mischa and Molly for a girl, Maxton/Max for a boy. 

Im a female with a male name, and I had not realized that many people would think of Mischa as a boys' name because I've only ever known female Mischas, and known of one male actor named Misha. I think maybe it's because I'm in the south. Maybe that culture has to do with not many men named names that end in A. I would never want to name a daughter that might seem ambiguous after what I went through having a male name. 

February 24, 2014 4:19 PM

The -a as feminine comes from the Latin first declension, and most first declension nouns are feminine--but not all.  The very first noun we learned to decline was agricola 'farmer', a masculine first declension noun. And not all Latin given names ending in -a are feminine, Agrippa for one being masculine.  Both masculine and feminine Russian diminutives end in -a. Which is which gender depends on the underlying formal name.  Mischa is the diminutive of Mikhail; Masha of Maria; Alyosha of Alexei; Tanya of Tatiana, and so on.  Sas(c)ha is a bit different in that while its primary use is as a diminutive of Alexander, it is also usable as the diminutive of Alexandra.  In Europe Sasha and  its spelling variants are overwhelmingly male.  In the US it is largely female. The mistaken idea that names ending in -a(h) are automatically feminine has, I think, led to girls being named Elisha and Micah, as well as in the US Sasha being overwhelmingly female.  I suspect that Americans using names like Sasha and Tanya and Nadia are not particularly aware in the first place that these are Russian diminutives.  In sum, if it is not a Latin name, don't assume that a name ending in -a(h) is automatically feminine.

Mischa is a masculine name, Mischa Barton notwithstanding.

February 25, 2014 10:39 AM

Well, I know that not all names ending in an A sound are feminine: Judah, Micah, Isaiah, Asa, Elijah, Noah. Although those are Hebrew. And I knew Mischa could be a man's name,  but I had just noticed largely in the US, Mischa seemed feminine. Or, like I said, it could be the part of the US I'm in. 

February 24, 2014 12:09 PM

Have you ever considered Maximus? A real Max name without the 'n' ending. Just a thought. Good luck!

February 24, 2014 3:27 PM

I'm worried it's too many Ms! Maximus Malone. Even worse, Maximillian Malone. Ms and Ls. 

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February 24, 2014 2:53 PM

I like alliterative names and I don't think having one is a big deal at all. I do agree that if you use Molly you should know the song because it is familiar enough people will ask you about it. Mischa is ok, I personally am not a fan of the name for a girl but using it with a M last name is fine. I think Maxton called Max is also fine.

February 24, 2014 3:20 PM

I had double-M initials until I got married so the alliteration doesn't bother me at all. Maxton isn't my style at all, but I think Max Malone sounds fine. I think it's in the fun, punchy, memorable category more than cartoonish. 

February 24, 2014 3:32 PM

I like Mischa Malone the best...I went to HS with a beautiful girl named Marci (same last name as you) and I always thought her name made her even more attractive!  

February 24, 2014 4:28 PM

I think I'm in the minority with almost all of my opinions in regard to your post!

I like alliterative names -- I don't have a problem with any of your listed names paired with your last name just because they share the same first letter.

Though I know Mischa is a boy's name and I know a boy named Mischa, I've also heard it enough on girls (Ms. Barton is a well known example) that I have no problems with it being bestowed on a girl (and I tend to dislike "boy" names on girls).

I don't even have a problem with Molly Malone, but my connection with the name is only positive -- my sister's name is Molly, and she was often affectionately nicknamed "Molly Malone" when we were growing up by relatives and friends. We know the song, though I didn't know the bit that Miriam posted ("Dish with the Fish" and all), but I'm sure that there was no negative association in the minds of my friends and relatives when they were calling my sister "Molly Malone" -- so maybe the negative parts aren't as well known to the public in general?

Max Malone I don't mind at all -- in fact, I think it sounds pretty great. Maxton isn't my style -- Maximilian's my favorite of the Max- names, though I understand your hesitation about it with your ln. It's a problem with mine as well, and I've sometimes tried to think of other ways to get to the nn Max without using a longer Max- name -- Michael Alexander nn Max is probably my favorite. 

February 25, 2014 10:47 AM

Thank you! I think it's so creative that you used Michae Alexander to get Max! I love Max, and that's kind of what I did with Maxton. It's a city in North Carolina and I've ALWAYS wanted to move to NC. I liked that it could sound professional, but could also be a little boy's name. It was different, and not really heard too often, but not SUPER trendy, even if it does have some trendiness to it. But I think if you can find a good mixture of trendiness and tradition, then you've got a pretty cool name, but apparently most everybody doesn't agree!! 

February 24, 2014 4:32 PM

I'm not normally a fan of alliterative names but I really like them when they start with "M"s.  I find that if the number of syllables between first and last differs the alliterative name tends to work better and sound less cartoonish.

April 3, 2014 8:22 PM

I have a niece named Misha but when we go to some countries, Poland, Germany, France people think it is odd that a girl has the name Misha.

However is Misha not a very popular muslim girls name? I have heard it used a lot although the spelling varies.

April 8, 2014 12:17 AM

I like allitteration most of the time. Molly Malone sounds okay to me but a kind of sing-song. I was unfamiliar with the song but if I loved the name I don't think that would stop me from using it. Possibly, if I lived in Ireland or near a large population of Irish people, I would reconsider. You might use it as a middle name.

Maxton is a cool name and Max Malone is fine too, but it did strike me as a cartoon character right away. Some boys would really love that. You said you had trouble with your masculine name. I have a male name and have enjoyed the fact that people reading my name assume I am male. I think it has been an advantage to my career. If you are concerned about gender identity I wouldn't use this name for a girl.

Of the names you mentioned I prefer Mischa Malone. I know it as a boy's name but would not be surprised to hear it used for a girl. I think it is a lot less gender specific than Maxton. I also don't have any problem with a Russian first name and an Irish last name. The only Mischa I have known was a little blonde boy with an Irish father and a Russian Jewish mother. Here, in the US, we're a melting pot of culture. If it feels right to you, I say go for it.