anybody got a dc with a very similar (or even the same) name as themselves?

(29 Posts)
janebirkinesque Tue 05-Feb-13 22:58:10

Ie an Alice with a daughter called Alicia?
Or an Isabel with an Isabella?
Or Louise with a Louisa?
Or Susanne with a Susannah?

Just wondered if it a) sounds a bit vain, as if you're really naming them after yourself b) it gets really confusing when other people calls your name and you both respond.

Narked Wed 06-Feb-13 01:48:47

It's almost as bad as giving them the same name as you. There are thousands of names out there. Give them one of their own!

Narked Wed 06-Feb-13 01:49:57

And it is a). You couldn't accidentally give them a name that's practically identical to your own.

Namechangeabc Wed 06-Feb-13 03:12:09

We're Alice and Lucy. I didn't realise straightaway that, although they look very different, they sound quite similar. No confusion though. Since then I've noticed loads and loads of people who have similar-sounding, but quite different names - Elaine / Erin; Esther/ Eleanor; Hannah / Susannah etc etc.

mathanxiety Wed 06-Feb-13 04:05:33

Mine is very similar to DD1's though they are different names, one being Irish and the other French. I never saw it as being vain because they are not in the same vein as Suzanne/Susannah, but then Irish naming customs are different from those of the UK and I don't think it's considered at all vain or odd to use parent or family names, even of family members who are living.

CzarChasm Wed 06-Feb-13 04:29:51

I know a Carrie with a Carys. I found it a bit strange when I first met her but don't think about it much. She has said Carys has always been her very favourite name, I don't think that it is a vanity thing for her.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 06-Feb-13 07:31:22

I know an Anna with an Annabel. I did raise my eyebrows.

hellokitty123 Wed 06-Feb-13 11:56:02

Isn't the whole point of naming someone/something to IDENTIFY them? Much easier done if they all have their own name!

notallytuts Wed 06-Feb-13 14:58:48

Couldnt do it myself - but then DP and I have fairly similar names (they are the male/female equivalent of each other, but less obviously than say, Samuel/Samantha) so it would be ridiculous!

eachtigertires Wed 06-Feb-13 15:18:13

I know of a Sharon with a Shannon.

Mikethemonkey Wed 06-Feb-13 17:16:43

I know a Alison with a Alice bit too similar I thought.

birdofthenorth Wed 06-Feb-13 17:43:23

I have a lovely friend, who with her two DDs have names very close to being Milly Molly Mandy. Occasionally I say the wrong name but I think it's quite a cute little family identity. Would have been odd it was Milly Molly and then baby Kate or something!

ghislaine Wed 06-Feb-13 22:44:36

My son has the masculine version of my name but no-one has ever commented on it. I think they look and sound far enough apart for anyone other than a names geek to notice.

lockets Wed 06-Feb-13 23:34:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I know a little boy who has his Mum's entire name as middle names. E.g. Thomas Jane Smith Jones. Known as Tom Jones. The Mum's name is as unmistakably female as Jane. I have to admit to being a bit hmm and I famously don't give a shit what people call their kids.

fluffygal Thu 07-Feb-13 07:29:38

My DD is Zanna, I'm Joanna but called Jo so only sounds similar if long version is used (rarely!).

telsa Thu 07-Feb-13 09:10:20

I know a Charlotte with a Charlie, which is quite cute really.

telsa Thu 07-Feb-13 09:10:59

Oh and my sister was given the female version of our dads name, which was a quite a common practice moons ago.

greenandcabbagelooking Thu 07-Feb-13 09:15:30

My brother and I have our parents' names as middle names. I have my mum's, DB has dad's.

Lancelottie Thu 07-Feb-13 09:23:55

I did this entirely by accident.

DD has a long name with a number of common shortenings. We intended to use one. She insisted on the other. Which sounds uncannily like my full name. Sigh...

MolotovCocktail Thu 07-Feb-13 10:43:45

I know a Jessica and Jasmine, and Lana and Tara.

My DDs names have connections in meaning to my real name, but not in sound.

natsmum100 Thu 07-Feb-13 17:57:47

I know Tia with DD Leah. Her XP has a son called Leo. I also know a Leanne with DS Leo.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Thu 07-Feb-13 18:39:27

I know a female Nicky with son called Nicholas and husband (not father of son) called Nick. She has another child called something totally unrelated and a bit made up sounding, so the family is Nicky, Nick, Nicholas and Dolphina or whatever. It does sound quite funny I must admit. Obviously the husband was unpredictable but the son's name was within her power!

ElephantsAndMiasmas Thu 07-Feb-13 18:42:38

I mean, it sounds funny as in you REALLY REALLY like one child to the point of making them your clone and are totally indifferent to the other.

Having said that my name could seem as if it were related to my mother's but no-one ever notices as we go by shortenings. E.g. Abigail (Abby) & Ailsa. I quite like it in a way.

hippoherostandinghere Thu 07-Feb-13 19:34:44

I know a Cathy with a dd Katie.

Not something I would personally do.

Jacksterbear Thu 07-Feb-13 19:38:21

I know an Elizabeth with an Eliza. When her dd2 arrived there were lots of jokes about whether she would call her Beth (she didn't).

IAmLouisWalsh Thu 07-Feb-13 21:13:05

Very common round here. I grew up in the same road as John and Young John, Yvonne and Young Yvonne, Bob and Bobby....

tinygreendragon Fri 08-Feb-13 23:06:33

I knew a family who did this intentionally. Mother and Father - Andi and Isobel with children Angus and Iris.

LadyLech Sat 09-Feb-13 09:06:27

I know a few...

X-Anne and Annie
Katherine and a Kate
Louise and Eloise

But I didn't spot the similarities in any of those names for ages. I don't think it is problematic.

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