19 August 2007

Name Suggestions Needed

I'm looking for a 4-syllable surname that sounds English. Or, if not English, at least not blatantly ethno-specific: no Takahashis, no DiSalvatores, no Hackensteiners. The only thing I've come up with is Neverwinter, which I like, but is not a surname anywhere I can find. All suggestions welcome and appreciated.

7 comments:

Anne said...

Well, it's only 3 syllables, but I have a friend by the surname of Turnpenny, which I like a lot.
There's always things like Haltwhistle, Ravensworth, Ashington...all place names, really, but I'm sure there are people by those names. Cunningham---or really, any 'ham' name would work. Mmm, ham. Sorry, got distracted.

Good luck!

Lucky Bob said...

Four syllables in English is hard. Hmmm. All I can think of right now is Abercrombie, Alexander, and Montgomery. My Grandmother's mother's maiden name was Pendergast, but that's only three. I'll keep thinking.

Anne said...

Oh, yeah, Merriweather is a very English surname with 4 syllables.

scanime said...

The library here has an online copy of "A Dictionary Of English and Welsh Surnames." Unfortunately, the document is scanned in with each page being a separate image, so it's a pain to navigate. Here's what's in the "A" section. I'll try to get some more for you later.

Aglionby - named after a township in Warwickshire.
Alabaster.
Ameredith - from ap Meredith, meaning son of Meredith.
Attenborough - name from a town.
Atterbury - same, from a town in County Norfolk.

Anonymous said...

May I suggest

Richenbacher
or Bugenhaven?

Anonymous said...

My maiden name Witherington is a good English name. I hated it when I was at school because it took me so long to write my name on the top of worksheets. Also, I was always last on register.

Anonymous said...

Jacobellis