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coldeveningwarmpudding Mon 06-Feb-17 17:29:21

Family with two children, one has a name in the top 10 for that year and fairly consistent in popularity throughout history (biblical name - think Matthew and so on.)

The second has a name that's very, very rare.

FilledSoda Mon 06-Feb-17 17:30:14

No I wouldn't.

ineedamoreadultieradult Mon 06-Feb-17 17:30:39

Nope but then I know quite a few families with names that don't match in terms of popularity.

Sparklingbrook Mon 06-Feb-17 17:30:54

No I wouldn't. Names don't have to match AFAIK.

christinarossetti Mon 06-Feb-17 17:31:16

No. People choose names in accordance with their preferences, not some ranking system.

BankWadger Mon 06-Feb-17 17:32:47

I never undersood this whole matchy matchy thing with kids names. Probably because my name is very uncommon as is one of my DC next to common names on siblings

Sparklingbrook Mon 06-Feb-17 17:32:58

I am always baffled in the Baby Names topic when people ask 'What goes with' or 'a brother for'. Just name the baby.

coldeveningwarmpudding Mon 06-Feb-17 17:37:47

I suppose I just wondered as people often comment on it smile

Sparklingbrook Mon 06-Feb-17 17:39:44

Are people that interested in other people's children's names?

Mulberry72 Mon 06-Feb-17 17:40:53

My 3 siblings all have "matchy" biblical names. Mine is a very modern (at the time I was born) none biblical name.

Soubriquet Mon 06-Feb-17 17:42:20


It's just a coincidence my two children have Irish names..we just picked names we liked and they both happened to be more common in Ireland

No this wouldn't bother me

MattBerrysHair Mon 06-Feb-17 17:45:23

My dsis named her ds1 a very popular traditional name (think Thomas or similar). Her ds2 was born and was named something incredibly unusual (think Socrates or similar!). Both boys suit their names so I don't think it's odd.

Floggingmolly Mon 06-Feb-17 17:48:52

I've never heard of anyone in real life agonising over whether their kid's names "go". Over the course of their lives they'll spend a comparatively short time as part of a unit anyway, what the hell does it matter?

coldeveningwarmpudding Mon 06-Feb-17 17:49:25

I think it's because they sound like they are from different sets of parents

DrWhooves Mon 06-Feb-17 17:50:50

The only problem that I can see is the second child disliking their name and wishing they had a "normal" name like their sibling. I was the unusually named child in this scenario and I hated that everyone always commented on my name, I always had to spell it, could never get personalised things in gift shops with my name on - all problems my top ten named sibling did not have. I still think about changing it by deed poll sometimes but I can't really be arsed with the faff of having everything changed, passport etc.

Niskayuna Mon 06-Feb-17 17:52:16

Wouldn't really think about it.

Unless there's a bit of gender bias at play. For example, they call a boy Thomas Edward "because he has to be taken seriously at work!" but they call a girl Lulubelle Trixie-Bee Shufflebutt because "tee hee it's cute lol".

ineedamoreadultieradult Mon 06-Feb-17 17:52:24

Both my children have old testament names people comment on that as well but I'm a heathen and didn't even realise both names were from the old testament let alone named them for this reason. People will always find something to comment on its just small talk.

coldeveningwarmpudding Mon 06-Feb-17 17:53:20

Dr yes, child thinks her parents don't like her

Jjacobb Mon 06-Feb-17 17:53:26

I have two birth dc with very traditional 'royal' names. Adopted DD has a very unusual name given to her by her BM. It is very old fashioned and has never featured in any lists. Google only brings one news item up and that was about her. It doesn't bother me but other people who don't know she is adopted have occasionally commented on how different their names are.

Breezy1985 Mon 06-Feb-17 17:53:37

Nope my DD has a very, very rare name, never met another, my DS is a James. In 11 years only one person has commented and that's the mw when DS was born.

NavyandWhite Mon 06-Feb-17 17:54:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

coldeveningwarmpudding Mon 06-Feb-17 17:55:56

No, I'm not a child! hmm

NavyandWhite Mon 06-Feb-17 17:57:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SaorAlbaGuBrath Mon 06-Feb-17 17:58:26

Eldest DS named after his great grandfather and grandad fairly traditional, DD named after her grannies and great gran, again fairly traditional although her nickname is fairly unusual for her age (not out there or anything, just unusual) and youngest DS is not named after anyone has an Irish first name and his middle names are his grandad and my best friend who died when I was pregnant.
Don't really understand why it matters though.

SingingInTheRainstorm Mon 06-Feb-17 17:58:29

No I think it's just their preference

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