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to call baby the male version of my name?

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mikado1 Thu 04-Jun-15 15:48:06

DS2 on the way and we both find boys' names very difficult to come up with. We both really like the male version of my name on its own merit and absolutely not as a 'call him after me' effort but would it seem ridiculous? Think Georgia and George, Michaela and Michael.. I figure his name won't be linked permanently to mine and it's a lovely,strong name-much nicer than mine imo.

WiIdfire Thu 04-Jun-15 15:50:48

I would still think you were naming him after yourself, even though you said you weren't. (And I think thats a weird thing to do - personal choice). Sorry.

mikado1 Thu 04-Jun-15 15:59:35

Yes, see I would think it weird too.. I had privately thought of and then discounted the name because of it and then db came home having thought of it himself. We both really like it sad

mikado1 Thu 04-Jun-15 16:00:24


HuftysTrain Thu 04-Jun-15 16:01:26

Come on, spill, what's the name?

AtomicDog Thu 04-Jun-15 16:07:42

I think it will be seen as self-centered.
I have a colleague that has named her children names that are nicknames of her own.
First child, not too many people twigged, as it's also a name in its own right nowadays. Second time though hmm

TedAndLola Thu 04-Jun-15 16:09:50

I feel for you. There are so few boys' names that I like that it gets a bit desperate. I think people are going to assume you named him after yourself, so it comes down to how much that bothers you.

juneybean Thu 04-Jun-15 16:10:44

My friend is Alexandra and named her son Alexander I think it's lovely

happygirl87 Thu 04-Jun-15 16:13:03

Are you known as the male/unisex version of the name? Eg if you are a Samantha known as Sam or a Harriet known as Harry etc, it will be worse to call the baby that.

Equally baby boys called George and Charles often get called Georgie and Charlie, and are known as their full name as adults, but Georginas and Charlottes often retain the nickname into adulthood.

On the other hand, if you are eg Charlotte known as Lottie and the baby will be Charles known as Charlie (or Michaela known as Kayla and baby is Michael) etc I think that makes a big difference.

Rosieliveson Thu 04-Jun-15 16:13:42

I think it's nice. It's no weirder to me than fiving a child your name as a middle name. The only confusion could be having the same nicknane or, in a few years, being unsure who post is for if addressed to A Smith for example.

ItsTricky Thu 04-Jun-15 16:14:21

I don't see the problem. If you love the name, go for it.

Is it Erica and Eric? smile

TheAuthoress Thu 04-Jun-15 16:15:14

My DH has the male version of his mums name. I've always thought it was a bit strange - YY to self centred and also a little unimaginative. Never asked her why though.
People go confused when I mention her by name as it's so similar to DHs so don't assume when he's an adult that your names won't be linked.

Gottagetmoving Thu 04-Jun-15 16:16:19

You like it,.. do it!

Take no notice of anyone thinking it is weird or odd.
You name your baby whatever name appeals to you and your DH.
Why would you feel the need to get approval from other people?

19lottie82 Thu 04-Jun-15 16:16:51

I'm thinking of Norma and Norman Bates.....sorry!

MagicMojito Thu 04-Jun-15 16:19:06

Go for it. Its not even unusual. There are 3 generations of "Eric" in my family. Its mostly males that do it but you could buck that trend smile

Go for it!

SylvaniansAtEase Thu 04-Jun-15 16:19:51

Sorry - I'd think it was a bit odd, and definitely after you!

GlitzAndGigglesx Thu 04-Jun-15 16:20:57

I wouldn't think it's weird but might link the two. I know of brothers with the same name but one has an extra letter at the end so the ending is different like Scott and Scotty which I just think is bonkers

SonceyD0g Thu 04-Jun-15 16:21:47

My partner has the same name as his dad. So partner has always been called by his middle name. Now that does confuse people. His dad's dad had the same name too. So they used the shortened version for dad. It's a bit like the royle family "Dave only likes the name dave"
I think it's nice to do what you're doing tho

The5DayChicken Thu 04-Jun-15 16:24:19

Sons are named after their fathers all the time without people thinking it's odd. but I would think this odd, despite that injustice

TranquilityofSolitude Thu 04-Jun-15 16:25:27

I have the same name as my mum and it's been difficult at times. To differentiate I've always been called by my middle name and that is a pain as well, as sometimes I have to use my first name and sometimes I forget which one I've used on forms etc. I was glad to get married and change my surname.

katiegg Thu 04-Jun-15 16:26:01

I would assume he had been named after you but wouldn't think it odd. I don't see how it is any different to giving a boy the same name as his father.

mikado1 Thu 04-Jun-15 16:26:30

Thing is we are really not thinking of it as a traditional thing at all but was just hoping wouldn't be too ridiculous. Wasn't thinking self-centred as such! ! I think Charles/Charlotte slightly different as they are not so obviously alike. . Hmmm..

FunkyPeacock Thu 04-Jun-15 16:27:56

I don't see why not as long as you aren't known by a shortened version of your name which your DS might also end up being called IYSWIM (eg if you're a Samantha known as Sam or a Nicola known as Nic)

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Thu 04-Jun-15 16:28:24

It's not something I'd do but my nephew is named after his dad. So what's wrong with a child being named after their mum
Glitz that is weird I know of a Jodie often called (Jode) and a Joe. What is Jodie ever wants to known as Jo. She's entitled to it's her name, so they could end up with a son and daughter both named Joe/Jo. They haven't really thought it through in my opinion

FunkyPeacock Thu 04-Jun-15 16:30:57

....although having said that I've always thought there was something odd about Nigel & Nigella Lawson grin

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