When choosing names for a baby or character, mix up two meaningful names and create a new possibility. This can be done by mixing two original names, combining different syllables from each of the two original names, or hyphenating two names into one.
Method 1 of 3: Method 1: Scrambling the Letters
Step 1. Write the letters of both names
Make a list of all letters in the first name and then make a separate list of all letters in the last name. Place the lists side by side, but keep them separate and distinct from each other.
- This method is a good way to mix up the parents' names when choosing a baby name, but in theory you can use it with any pair of names.
- You can write the letters in the order they appear in each name or rearrange them alphabetically. The latter can help you to arrange them as separate letters rather than a name.
- Example: Consider the names “William” and “Sarah”.
- The first name uses the letters "a, i, i, l, l, m, w"
- The second name uses the letters "a, a, h, r, s"
Step 2. Take letters from both sets to form names
Treat your two lists of names like an unscrambled puzzle or a game of Parole. Take letters from both lists to create a name. Continue until you have formed as many different names as possible.
- It is not necessary to use all the letters of both names. In fact, you'll be able to create a lot more combinations if you just use a few letters.
- It will help if you have a baby name book nearby. There are many names that may not even cross your mind when doing this exercise alone.
- Example: Using the letters of “William” and “Sarah”, you can form: Alisa, Iris, Larisa, Lars, Lisa, Liam, Maria, Mariah, Miriam, Wilma
Step 3. Return to the list several times
You may not see all possible names the first time you look at both lists. A good idea is to go back through the lists several times to see if you can find new hidden names.
- Also consider asking others for help. Someone might be able to find a combination that you haven't noticed before.
- If you're working hard to form names from your lists, you can also search for "name scramblers" on the internet. When you find a site you like, enter the names into the mixer and ask the site to generate a list of possible names from the two originals.
- Example: After further searching, you can also use “William” and “Sarah” to form: Silas, Sam, Samir, Lia, Lara
Method 2 of 3: Method 2: Regrouping Syllables
Step 1. Divide the two names into syllables
Divide the first name you want to use into separate syllables. Repeat with the second name you want to use. Write the sets of syllables side by side, but make sure you know which name each syllable came from.
- This is another commonly used method of forming baby names from parent names, but it can be used with any pair of names. However, it works best with names of two or more syllables.
- Example: Consider the names “Cristiano” and “Elizabeth”
- "Cristiano" can be separated into the syllables "Cris, " "ti, " "a" and "no."
- "Elizabeth" can be separated into "e, " "li, " "za, " "be,” and "te."
Step 2. Combine different syllables
Take one syllable from the first name and one syllable from the second name. Put the two together to form a new, unique name. Repeat with the rest of the syllables until you have formed all the combinations you could think of.
- Please note that the names you come across using this method will be unique and will most likely not be found in any baby name book.
- You can form matches using one syllable of each name, creating a new name from two long syllables, or you can use multiple syllables of both names to create a longer match.
- Example: Using the syllables found in “Cristiano” and “Elizabeth,” some of the possible combinations you might find are: Chryzabete, Chrysbete, Elizano, Crizalino, Betino.
Step 3. Select names from the list
Some of the possible names you come across may be better than others. Go through your list with a fine-tooth comb, removing any combinations that don't sound good, and keep the best options for further analysis.
- Even though most names are probably not found in baby name books, it might be a good idea to double-check to be sure. If any of the names you create already exist, they can have a meaning that you like or don't like.
- Repeat the name several times aloud to see how it sounds. Names that sound weird or are difficult to pronounce should be deleted, as should any names you just don't like.
- Also consider showing your list of possible names to other people. Ask them to pronounce each name on the list. If many people have difficulty pronouncing a name, you might want to consider deleting it.
- Example: If people try hard to pronounce the name “Cryzalino”, for example, it might be better to take it off the list.
Method 3 of 3: Method 3: Hyphenating separate names
Step 1. Find two names you like
You can use any name, but short names tend to work better for this method.
- This method is more common to be used with other names than with parent names.
- Use this method after limiting your selection to two names. If you try to use more than two names, the result will usually be too long and clunky.
- Also, this method works best when you restrict it to names of the same gender. It's not so easy to apply when combining different gender names.
- Example: If the child is going to be a girl, and the baby's father likes “Sarah” better and the mother prefers “Elizabete”.
If the child is going to be a boy, and the father likes “Samuel” better and the mother prefers “Lucas”
Step 2. Separate the two names with a hyphen
Place them side by side and then separate them with a hyphen. This should result in a new mixed name.
- Combine the names in the two orders to see which order sounds best.
- Example: For "Sarah" and "Elizabeth", the two options could be "Sarah-Elizabeth" and "Elizabeth-Sarah".
For "Samuel" and "Lucas" the two options could be "Samuel-Lucas" and "Lucas-Samuel"
Step 3. Consider shortening one or both of the names
If one or both names seem too long, consider using their shortened form instead of the full name. After shortening the names, re-insert a hyphen between them as done before.
- You can combine a shortened version of one name with the full version of another, or you can shorten both names (where applicable) and use the two shortened versions instead.
- Example: For “Sarah” and “Elizabeth”, the name “Elizabeth” can be shortened to “Liz”, giving you the new option “Sarah-liz”. In this case you can remove the hyphen and the “h” at the end of “Sarah”, leaving with “Saraliz”.
For “Samuel” and “Lucas”, both can be reduced, giving the options “Sam-Luc” and “Luc-Sam”