There are lots of reasons for joining two names up to make another when you name your baby. maybe you want your child to embody two different qualities.
Maybe you have two female relatives you want to name your child after (or don't want to offend!)
Here are some great ideas of names which have been made from two other names joined together.
Annamaria is made up of the names Ann or Anna and Mary or Maria.
Louella can be made up from the names Louise and Ella. The best known Louella is Louella Parsons (1881–1972), who was the first American movie columnist.
Created by joining Mellisa or Melanie and Linda. The most famous Melindas are British glamour model Melinda Messenger, and Melinda Gates, American businesswoman and wife of Microsoft's Bill Gates.
Mary and Louise put together will make Meryl, most famous of which is actress Meryl Streep, who was born Mary Louise Streep.
Put together Mallory and Loren and you get Malloren, but you may not want to - it means "laurel of bad luck".
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Maria and Lene combine to make Marlene, the most famous of which is German singer and actress Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992).
Mary and Lynn make up Marilyn, a hugly popular name in the 1950's and 1960's as children were named after actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962). Born Norma Jean Baker she was renamed Marilyn as a young starlet by her studio.
Put together Rose and Anna and you will get Rosanna, a popular name. The most famous of these is actress Rosanna Arquette, who alledgedly inspired the song title Rosanna by American band Toto, which was released in 1982.
Rose and Anne give the name Roseanne, the best known of which is American comedian and actress Roseanne Barr.
Rosemary is made by putting Rose and Mary together. The most famous Rosemarys include American singer Rosemary Clooney (1928 - 2002) and British actress Rosemary Leach.
So, do any of these names grab you as a name for your baby?
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.