Is Rhea too similar to Aria?

(42 Posts)
Peopleplease Thu 08-Sep-16 08:53:39

DD1 is called Aria. She's 3 and we love her name. When we were thinking of a name a lot of the girls names we liked were short and ended in an a (Eva & Cara were serious contenders)

Now DD2 is due (in December) and we're thinking of names again. A lot of names I like DH doesn't (Willow, Rowen). A few names he likes I'm not keen on (Emma, Emily).

I have a lost on my phone and last night I was putting Thea on it when my phone auto-corrected it to Rhea and we both liked it.

But is it too similar? Is the spelling correct as I'd pronounce it Ray-a, not ree-a.

gastropod Thu 08-Sep-16 08:58:32

Hello,
It does sound rather similar, yes. Enough to be confusing I would think.

As an aside, isn't a Rhea a kind of big bird?

gastropod Thu 08-Sep-16 08:59:42

Sorry didn't mean to sound flippant! Meant to add that Rhea is nice in its own right, just very similar to your other daughters name.

stiffstink Thu 08-Sep-16 09:00:08

It's like an emu.

stiffstink Thu 08-Sep-16 09:01:44

Correction: more like an ostrich.

SugarMiceInTheRain Thu 08-Sep-16 09:03:20

I think if you spell it Rhea (like the bird) people will pronounce it Ree-a (which is too similar to Aria IMO)

katemess12 Thu 08-Sep-16 09:04:10

I'd pronounce it ree-ah, personally.

Either way, I do think it's too similar.

How about Wren? Similar vibe, nature name etc. But not similar to Aria (although both characters from PLL).

ageingrunner Thu 08-Sep-16 09:05:01

Yes it's too similar. Also too much like rear

ThumbWitchesAbroad Thu 08-Sep-16 09:06:43

Yes, too similar IMO.

But then I know of a pair of brothers called Jordan and Jaiden - so people do do it. But others judge.

What about Ciara?

idontlikealdi Thu 08-Sep-16 09:07:32

Big bird. Not what I'd want to call my daughter. Robin maybe not Rhea!

Sophronia Thu 08-Sep-16 09:10:53

It makes me think of the bird!

How about Raya?

perrita Thu 08-Sep-16 09:11:18

I think the spelling seems wrong for how you want to pronounce it, why not spell it Raya instead? I don't think they would be too similar then and the pronounciation would be more clear.

Caipora Thu 08-Sep-16 09:11:26

Wasn't Rhea the mother of Zeus?

It's Ree-a though. Raya would be a better spelling for the name you like.

Even then it's similar to Aria.

Peopleplease Thu 08-Sep-16 09:13:16

I was afraid it was too similar.

DH doesn't like nature names - well he doesn't like names that are the name of something else so tree names and bird names (except for Rhea!)

katemess what's PLL?

GinAndOnIt Thu 08-Sep-16 09:15:06

Aria and Thea sounds lovely. <helpful>

katemess12 Thu 08-Sep-16 10:48:28

PLL is Pretty Little Liars, a TV series that I'm shamefully addicted to grin

Are there any names you and your husband agree on?

Peopleplease Thu 08-Sep-16 10:54:52

katemess I heard there was an Aria in that. Never seen it though.

At the moment there's nothing we both love. He's veering towards more classic names and I'm wandering towards trees and birds!!

We both thought baby was going to be a boy (due to very different pregnancy) and were pretty sorted for boys names!

MrsCaecilius Thu 08-Sep-16 12:43:25

Too similar in my opinion I'm afraid.

What about other flowers / trees / birds? (Or including something 'nature' as a middle name?)

Mouthfulofquiz Thu 08-Sep-16 12:55:45

Too similar to Aria, and too ostrich like to be a baby name!!

What about Julia?

Sugarpiehoneyeye Thu 08-Sep-16 13:38:51

Yes, I think it is OP.
What about Marcia ?

KoalaDownUnder Fri 09-Sep-16 07:23:11

Much, much too similar IMO. Whether pronounced Raya or Rhea.

NigellasGuest Fri 09-Sep-16 07:27:43

I don't think it matters if the two names are similar - they will live
most of their lives apart. I speak as a mother of older kids so have a different perspective.

Simmi1 Fri 09-Sep-16 07:31:03

Yes too similar. Eva would be ok though I think. How about Sophia?

merrymouse Fri 09-Sep-16 07:35:19

I think it's too similar, not just for them but for you - a lot of potential for people to get confused when you are talking about them. I like suggestion of Aria and Thea - similar but not too similar.

RawPrawn Fri 09-Sep-16 07:36:25

Well Aria is also a noun, so why not stick with the musical theme?

Harmony? Thalia? Cadence? Melody? Carol

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