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Sandbrook Wed 01-Jul-15 13:25:35

New neighbours have just moved in beside my sister. They parents have the same first names as DH & I. And their first born same name as our first born.
Funny isn't it?

A colleague in work also married 2 girls of exactly the same first name and surname.

MagpieCursedTea Wed 01-Jul-15 13:27:46

Well it's certainly not unreasonable for people to have the same names... grin

FarFromAnyRoad Wed 01-Jul-15 13:29:56



ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 01-Jul-15 13:32:28

I am fairly friends with two families - they don't know each other - with the same surname who each have 3 children, 2 of which have the same name. If I haven't explained that well it's like,

Ben, James and Adam Ryder
Ben, Elizabeth and Adam Ryder.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 01-Jul-15 13:33:59

.....fairly good friends.....

Sandbrook Wed 01-Jul-15 13:34:47

Oh sorry aibu to expect then to change their names? grin

KurriKurri Wed 01-Jul-15 13:49:30

I had a friend who had the same name as me and her sister had the same name as my sister (not incredibly unusual names it has to be said, but not really common ones either.)

Offler Wed 01-Jul-15 13:57:53

A work colleague's daugher has the same (not common) name as my daughter, and our birthdays are on the same day (but born a few years apart).

DP has a colleague who's daughter was born on my birthday and has the same name (excellent taste wink).

BathshebaDarkstone Wed 01-Jul-15 14:04:56

We'll never have this problem as we all have weird names in this house (apart from DH)! grin Nobody in Britain has had DS's name in 200 years! grin

tomatodizzymum Wed 01-Jul-15 14:05:48

I love coincidences. I have a friend who is married now but all 3 of his ex-girlfriends went on to marry the man they met after they broke up with him and all three married a man with the same first name.

Nabootique Wed 01-Jul-15 14:09:41

I know two married couples who had the same surname as the spouse before they were married. Not sure if I've explained that well: Ben Smith and Jane Smith got married, and are now Mr & MRS Smith. Two lots of them. Must be a real time saver on paperwork and no need for name changing.

StaircaseAtTheUniversity Wed 01-Jul-15 14:10:01

My Dad and his brother both married women where both parents had the same names (so, changing names obviously, both had inlaws called Pat and John).

Me and my best friend both married unrelated men with the same unusual surname.

My grandmother in law has been married twice, both men had the same first and middle names.

Ouroboros Wed 01-Jul-15 14:10:21

Throughthickandthin - I have been reading a free book on my Kindle this morning, the main character was called Elizabeth Ryder and her brother was Ben...

NobodyLivesHere Wed 01-Jul-15 14:11:36

Both my dad's wives had the same name. Both my mums husbands had the same birthday.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 01-Jul-15 14:16:37

Ouroboros seriously shock, I just pulled those names out of the air. Unless I have read the book and used them subconsciously, but I don't think so.

YAsoNBU Wed 01-Jul-15 14:18:02

I know two couples who share the same first names, and each have a son with the same name and a daughter with very similar names (think Jane & Jenny).

I went to school with a Spencer Penny and a Penny Spencer smile

BlackNoSugar Wed 01-Jul-15 14:22:38

I was adopted at birth, never knew my birth family at all. 40+ years later, we got in touch. My birth father has a daughter with the exact same first and middle name as me.

And my husband has a sister with the same first name as me, but she hasn't married so we have the exact same first and last name. we never borrow each others membership cards for anything honest grin

SistersofPercy Wed 01-Jul-15 14:27:49

many years ago when DD was in her last year or Primary she went on a cricket course and met a girl who shared her name. Not just her first name but her middle AND surname. (think along the lines of Elizabeth Janet Parkinson).
When her parents came to collect her we had a chat, her mother shared DH's sisters name as well. We asked which high school she was going to and it wasn't the same as DD's.

Fast forward to DD's first day in college. She was handed her A Level timetable and it was totally wrong. Chasing it up she met a girl in the office who also had the wrong timetable.... Elizabeth Janet Parkinson. Much amusement all round, but in the lessons they did share staff were very confused.
First thought was 'birth month' Lizzie except both were born in October (days apart). Staff then settled on hair colour so Red Lizzie (DD) and Blonde Lizzie became the way of dealing with it.
This worked well over the first year, however, DD is a natural blonde and is now going back to her natural colour so by September both Lizzies will be blonde and the college will be confused again.

ollieplimsoles Wed 01-Jul-15 14:28:21

Bathsheba I'm intrigued as to what your ds's name is!

InexperiencedDisneyMum Wed 01-Jul-15 14:31:57

My brother works in a company of 20 workers. There is another man with exactly the same name as him and it's not a common first name or surname. Same middle name too but that is quite a common name.

InexperiencedDisneyMum Wed 01-Jul-15 14:35:06

My auntie married someone with the same surname so just changed from Miss to Mrs on marriage.

squishyeyeballs Wed 01-Jul-15 14:40:44

My old address had a very similar spelling to another housing area nearby so mail would often get mixed up between my house and the house with the same number in the other estate. Family at the other house had the same surname as us and had a baby within a few months of us. The health centre mixed us up because we were so similar and send appointmemts for our ds to them and vice versa. Turned out their dd had the exact same medical issue as our ds confused Also, our takeaway delivery man often ended up outside their house with our chinese (which thankfullt, they never took grin )

Kinda glad I moved in the end smile

Sandbrook Wed 01-Jul-15 14:41:21

2 blonde lizziesgrin

emwithme Wed 01-Jul-15 14:48:35

My BFF and I had grandmas with the same name, both of whom called their daughters the same name, and both of those daughters married a man with the same name so (not the real names) Granny Ethel had daughter Susan married to Bob. Two of the names (Granny and daughter) were not usual for the time so it's even stranger.

PHANTOMnamechanger Wed 01-Jul-15 14:48:43

i find it spooky when you see documentaries about children separated at a very young age (eg 2 brothers) and adopted, often going to different states/countries, and they end up marrying people with the same name, giving their DCs the same names, doing the same kind of job, breaking their leg at the same time etc. spooky!

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