Need a Cool Last Name

I have a name I want to start using to do creative work, Eisen, but I can't seem to come up with or find a good last name to pair up with it and there aren't a lot of sources for last names. Can anybody lend their name creating powers to my cause? I would be forever grateful.  : D


September 4, 2016 8:20 PM

My favorite source for surname info is the surname second of Behind the Name.


Do you want something related to Eisen, or distinct? 

September 4, 2016 11:15 PM

Yeah that's pretty much the only site I found to be helpful. The only problem is their list is so extensive in relation to categories. I didn't see a way to just search through every alphabet. So, I thought I'd try to get some ideas from actual people to see if that would work first. I'm just looking for ideas that sound good paired after Eisen. I've just had such a hard time on my own. 

September 4, 2016 11:23 PM

I haven't come up with any cool ones, thinking about it, but I think 3 syllables sounds better than 1 or 2. 

September 4, 2016 11:34 PM

You think so? I actually haven't even thought of anything past two. I guess I should look into that too.

By EVie
September 5, 2016 10:34 AM

There are an overwhelming number of options for surnames out there, so I think you need to give a lot more guidance than just "sounds good with Eisen." Do you want an English surname that will sound familiar to most Americans, or something from a different ethnicity? Do you want a surname that sounds like it could be real, or something more fantastical? Do you want a name that reflects the nature of your creative work? (A romance author would choose a very different type of pen name than a science fiction author). Do you want a name that reflects a particular place, a particular occupation, a particular characteristic? Would you prefer a specific starting letter? Short or long? Aristocratic or approachable?

I am a writer and I use A Dictionary of English Surnames from Oxford University Press to name my characters. There are several used listings on Amazon for under a dollar, so I recommend using that or another book instead of the web if you want a comprehensive alphabetical list. Of course, its major limitation is that it's only English surnames (except for a scattering of French and Celtic names that are used in English), so if you want a comprehensive list from another language, you'll have to find a different book. 

September 6, 2016 4:46 PM

I agree with EVie that a bit more information about your preferences and/or the type of creative work you do might help narrow down the innumerable choices of surnames.

I would stay away from any surnames beginning or ending in n since Eisen ends in n. If the surname starts with n, the two run together. For example, Eisen Nash sounds like Eisen Ash said aloud. Also, with both Eisen and the surname ending in n, it sounds too repetitive to me, especially with a two-syllable surname.

Also, anything similar to "hower," for example Howard or Howell, I would avoid because of President Eisenhower.

I played around with some options, and I really like the -wood surnames with Eisen. Eisen Collingwood and Eisen Blackwood are my two favorites, but there's also Atwood, Haywood, Linwood, and Lockwood.