Our last name is Henn and we would like to use the name Blake for a first name if we have a boy.  Does Blake Henn sound well together??


December 21, 2015 6:44 PM

They do mush together in a way that I don't particularly care for, sounding a bit like Blake'en.  However, I think this is really a very subjective thing.  If you like the name Blake, the fact that I think they mush together a bit shouldn't stop you from using it.

December 21, 2015 6:59 PM

The only thing that would stop you from using it is that they are both 1 syllable names with an abunance of consonants. Giving it not much of it a flow, but I don't think it should stop you from using it -  Especially if you really like the name Blake.

December 21, 2015 8:18 PM

It doesn't sound bad, but he may have to repeat himself if he talks fast.  I don't think it's a deal breaker if you love the name.  

December 22, 2015 12:00 AM

I'm not a fan of Blake. Blakely?

December 22, 2015 5:09 AM

I agree with NotAGuestAnymore about Blake Henn sounding like Blake'en, which isn't a problem if you don't mind it. Otherwise, if it even is an otherwise, it's fine.

I'm taking the opposite side from JulesS's opinion--I think same-syllable combinations of last names and first names can work (and it does in this case), and it depends whether the parents giving the name prefer names that sound more flowing or more crisp.

December 22, 2015 1:04 PM

Yes, it really does come down to a personal prefernce for a more flowy vs. a more crisp sound.

Single syllable first + single syllable last name certainly has not seemed to be a problem for the likes of Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, John Hurt, Ty Cobb, etc. 

December 24, 2015 11:47 PM

Yup. :) Also Garth Nix, June Squibb (who has an awesome name, though maybe that's just me), and Gene Wolfe. On the fictional end, Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, and James Bond. (There should be a game for this.)

December 24, 2015 2:10 AM

I grew up with a last name starting with H. This immediately makes flow difficult, because you have to sort of breathe out quickly to make the H sound. Some first name ending sounds are better with this, some worse. Mine was ...ah H... and always struggled a bit to get my whole name out.

A two- or three-syllable first name ending in l, r, m, n, s might flow better without sounding like Henn is attached to the first name.

December 24, 2015 2:11 AM

...or even one syllable, actually.