Angus and Innes -too similar?

(60 Posts)
Thinkingof4 Sat 02-Mar-13 21:46:20

I have 3 ds and am pg with dc4. Don't know if this is also a boy but suspect it may be! All our boys have scottish names (we are Scottish) and we need another similar type of name. Ds2 is Angus and one boys name we really like is Innes. Just wondering if people think this is too similar sounding? Thanks in advance for any opinions smile

It is quite similar, but on the other hand how often are you going to say their names together - especially when they are adults - and it sounds like you have another son in between to break it up when you are introducing them all.

freerangeeggs Sat 02-Mar-13 23:48:23

I don't think they're too similar. I think they're both lovely smile

sleepyhead Sat 02-Mar-13 23:50:17

No I don't think they're similar at all. They go well together imo.

Verynearlytea Sun 03-Mar-13 02:53:59

Not to similar at all, Innes is a great name (as is Angus). Do it.

Thinkingof4 Sun 03-Mar-13 14:59:19

Yaay! Excellent, thanks for the vote of confidence!

kelda Sun 03-Mar-13 15:18:19

Nice name, but I admit, I only know girls with this name.

FranKatzenjammer Sun 03-Mar-13 15:28:40

Or what about Hamish (unless you already have one!)?

Kelda, do you mean Inez/Ineez? Innes is definitely a boys name and pronounced differently. In is rather than In ees.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Sun 03-Mar-13 17:15:49

I was going to suggest Hamish too! Actually as pointed out already, when DC4 arrives if it is another boy there'll be a boy between Angus and DC4 anyway. So if you love Innes go with it.

Of course it may be a girl this time! wink

Go for it, Innes was on our short list for ds. We went with Blair instead.

What are your other DCs names (looking for inspiration for imaginary dc2!)

Offcolour Sun 03-Mar-13 17:32:08

I would never have thought of Angus and Innes being similar. Like Innes. Ruiridh is one of my all time faves but we are down south and no-one would be able to spell it.

Offcolour Sun 03-Mar-13 17:32:37

Should say I like Innes.

Ruairidh (pron. rooree) was on our list too! I think similar to me would mean if they could be shortened to the same name, so Angus and Fergus could both be gus so I wouldn't use them both.

sw11mumofone Sun 03-Mar-13 18:28:39

I know two Innes's too and they are both girls. Pronounced in-is.

Innes in Scotland is definitely a boys name first. Traditionally the second born son would be give the maiden name of his mother, hence why many Scottish names are also surnames.

In 2011 (figures not available yet for 2012) there were 46 boy Innes' and one girl ines.

List of all first given names for 2012 are out on the 14th march.

nurse Sun 03-Mar-13 20:19:00

My ds is Innes, Fabulous name and always get compliments on his name.
(I'm in Scotland)

sleepyhead Sun 03-Mar-13 20:32:45

Calling a girl Innes in Scotland would be like calling her Jamie. Nice name, the sound works for both sexes but anyone seeing it written down would assume she's a boy.

I can see it would be different in other places though. Apparently Jamie is almost exclusively a girls name in the US.

MidnightMasquerader Sun 03-Mar-13 22:11:32

I'm going to go against the grain, as think they do sound a bit too similar.

Hamish is a great name (my grandfather's name). Angus is my DB's name. smile

My5boysandme Sun 03-Mar-13 22:22:22

We have 5 boys, 4 have Scottish names Kyle, Cameron, Innes and Harris. I think Angus and Innes are both lovely names and wouldn't say they sounded anymore similar than Innes and Harris do.

1805 Sun 03-Mar-13 23:45:24

I would presume Innes is female (we're not in scotland though). Only know one and thats a girl.

OhBuggerandArse Sun 03-Mar-13 23:51:57

They are actually the same name - Innes and Angus are both Anglicisations of Gaelic Aonghas. So probably not a good idea to use both...

BonnieWeeJeannieMcCall Sun 03-Mar-13 23:56:34

I think they're fine. Go for it! I've never heard of a female Innes; it's a male name as far as I'm concerned (I'm Scottish).

INeverSaidThat Mon 04-Mar-13 00:49:06

blush. I thought it was a girls name as I know an Inez.

I think Innes and Angus are quite similar, but I am not sure it matters.

My two boys names start with the same sound and I still trip over their names sometimes (and they are almost adults)

MidnightMasquerader Mon 04-Mar-13 00:57:25

That's interesting, OhBugger.

Ines/Inez is a Spanish girls' name.

echidnakid Mon 04-Mar-13 01:44:41

Innes is great and not too similar to Angus IMO.

Thinkingof4 Mon 04-Mar-13 14:15:38

ohbugger I think Innes is from gaelic for island so not the same name, but I may be wrong!
We do already have a Hamish, which is now making me think we have too many ''s" sounds with angus/hamish/Innes?
Maybe I'm overthinking things!! confused

I know Innes/Inez is Spanish girls name, and can be a girls name in scotland is is definitely predominantly a boys name here so I'm not too worried about that.

FellNel Mon 04-Mar-13 14:18:22

Similar, yes, but not too much so. I have heard much clumsier pairings! I give you Ewan and Owen, and Melanie and Emily. confused

They are both lovely names by the way.

Gilbertwasthebestcat Mon 04-Mar-13 14:20:00

I think Innes is Gaelic for Angus. I have an Angus and was told this by an old lady from the Highlands. What about Gregor or Douglas?

BabsAndTheRu Mon 04-Mar-13 14:21:20

Love the name Innes, definitely a boys name here in Scotland. We have a Ruairidh, a Ross and a Mairi. If Mairi had been a boy she would have been Rhoddy.

OhBuggerandArse Mon 04-Mar-13 14:35:40

No, island is 'Inis'. Innes is taken from the genitive case of Aonghas, which you can see in the 'surname' form, MacAonghais, or 'MacInnes' in English.

I think you might be over thinking.

Think of it like 3 sisters all ending in a Clara, alicia, Amelia? Or Lisa Laura Paula.

Hamish Angus and Innes all end differently, ish us, es.

Babs, love mairi! Good choice!

OhBugger, I understand what you are saying, but in realiity how many people actually know that? I really don't think it's a reason to not use both names.

itsallyourownfault Mon 04-Mar-13 14:49:32

Both lovely. I love Scottish names. Great choices!

BabsAndTheRu Mon 04-Mar-13 15:15:44

Thanks Glaikitfizzog

Ginebra Mon 04-Mar-13 16:34:18

Yes they are too similar. I can't believe people are telling you it's fine.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 04-Mar-13 16:45:55

I would have more of a problem with Cameron and Callum in the same family.

Whyriskit Mon 04-Mar-13 19:45:08

Don't think they are too similar.
Innes is my current choice for DC3 if it's a boy - finding it interesting that the non-Scots on here think it could be a girl's name, that wouldn't have occurred to me.
I currently have two Scottish named DSs and as well as Innes on my list, I also have Campbell, William and Murdo.

Thinkingof4 Mon 04-Mar-13 21:21:36

ohbugger ok then, I don't speak any Gaelic (as you will have guessed!), I don't know if many non Gaelic speakers would know, so maybe not a problem unless we move somewhere further north and west like Hebrides!

whyriskit Campbell and murdo are still on our list too! I love Campbell but dh not so keen. Murdo is a really 'strong' name so might only use if I have a real bruiser!

Can I throw Struan, Ramsey, Gregor and Fraser into the mix!?

BabsAndTheRu Mon 04-Mar-13 22:36:41

Struan and Murdo were some of the names on my list for DS1. Fraser is DP's name. Great minds think alike and all that. I liked Campbell but couldn't do it because Glencoe.

ShepherdsSpy Mon 04-Mar-13 23:49:12


Offcolour Tue 05-Mar-13 06:50:22

I have a Struan!

Whyriskit Tue 05-Mar-13 08:21:06

Babs - Campbell's my maiden name, hadn't thought about massacre connotations, hmmm.

BabsAndTheRu Tue 05-Mar-13 12:38:59

Ridiculous really, just being superstitious. I still think Campbell is a lovely name though.

LindaMcCartneySausage Tue 05-Mar-13 12:55:45

I love the name Innes. I don't think it's too similar to Angus.

I would love to use Innes for DC2 if it's a boy, but DH vetoed the name on the same grounds as others have said here. One of his friends has a a DD called Ines (French mother) and we live down south for now. In Scotland, I wouldn't hesitate to use it. Definitely a boys name.

LindaMcCartneySausage Tue 05-Mar-13 12:57:12

Baba - are you a MacDonald? grin

FoxyRevenger Tue 05-Mar-13 13:00:46

We have an Innes, people always compliment us on it too. I have to say, I don't think it and Angus are similar, they go together really well though.

EuphemiaLennox Tue 05-Mar-13 13:05:42

How do you say Innes?
They way I'm saying it in my head, they are too similar.

In-iss to rhyme with kiss
Angus to rhyme with fuss

EuphemiaLennox Tue 05-Mar-13 13:28:39

Ah, well then yes I do think they're too similar.

People will constantly mishear which one you are referring too, they'll just hear the 'ss' sound on the end and you'll have to repeat 'no Angus, not Innes'.

The stress on the name is in the same place, the initial sounds are not distinct from one. Another and they end in non distinguishable sounds unless you listen or speak very clearly. Could get quite annoying.

I have a brother and DH with similar sounding names and it is faff, clarifying who you're talking about, at times.

Thinkingof4 Tue 05-Mar-13 18:49:51

Torrin also on the list shepherds though I'm not quite sure on spelling of this. Really like Douglas too glaikit

Ooh torrin is good! I would spell I like you. I would use Doogie as a nn for Douglas! I went to school with a Doogie! He was like the Scott porridge oats man! And played the pipes! I may still be a little bit in love with him grin blush

Logan and Lachlan are another couple I like!

What are your girl thoughts so far? I am investing too much in naming your child! Perhaps number 2 is on the cards for me!!

skatpot Tue 05-Mar-13 19:22:46

I know brothers called Innes & Angus. They are in their 30s. Lovely names.

Thinkingof4 Tue 05-Mar-13 19:57:37

The 2 Douglas I've known have both been a bit like that -gentle giants who totally suited their names!
I also have one of your L suggestions but will totally out myself if I name all 3 boys on this thread!

Girls names - I love Elspeth, dh loves Morven which I'm less keen on. Also quite like Iona, Una and mirren/muirrean (again ? Spelling ) and eilidh so lots to choose from with girls

Oh my god are we baby naming twins!!

Love Elspeth but has been used by close family already.

Mirren is one of mine along with Mara as Gaelic for the sea/ocean, dh not so keen. Apparently Mara is also a goddess of death and destruction or something! I went to school with a Morven. She wasn't as nice as doogie! I know a Malvine which I think is quite pretty. We have a Mc surname so I'm not sure about alliteration but most of my girls names begin with M! Mairi is anoth

Anyway my baby girl is still imaginary! You have a 50/50 chance of having one or the other very soon!! grin e

Thinkingof4 Tue 05-Mar-13 22:09:06

We have a few babies with scottish names in the family which rules some of the others out. You definitely need to get on with dc2!!

My boys would have been Mairi or Kirsty had they not been boys. I have a Craig and a Ciar but also liked Gregor, Kerr, Cairn or Struan. Not having any more, but quite taken with Tiernan (B) or Tierney (G) at the moment. Also Merrick (b) or Fallon (g) and quite like Doon for a girl too.

ShepherdsSpy Wed 06-Mar-13 22:09:29

Mirrin is beautiful.

ReeRee1 Thu 07-Mar-13 10:36:09

What about Ewan or Euan as nice Scottish names? Love love love Ewan! I think Angus and innes go nicely together btw

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