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DD is Isabel - Elizabeth for DC2?

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VeryHungryKatypillar Tue 31-May-11 12:52:53

Obv only if it is a she. I think Isabel was originally the Spanish version of Elizabeth - so would it look odd for a DD2 to be Elizabeth? Or even Bethan?

Isabel is quite often an Izzy, so guess shortening Elizabeth to Lizzy would be daft...


JamieAgain Tue 31-May-11 13:27:01

Elizabeth is a really good name. And I really don't think most people would get the link with Isabel - I had no idea

The NN i like best for Elizabeth are Beth, Betty, Elle and Betsy

speculationisrife Tue 31-May-11 13:28:57

I think they are both lovely names, but have you tried saying 'Isabel and Elizabeth'? Of course, you'd probably just refer to them as 'the girls' or 'my daughters' or some such, but it is a bit of a tongue twister if you want to mention them in the same sentence.

speculationisrife Tue 31-May-11 13:29:31

I like your MN name, by the way - made me smile.

RockinSockBunnies Tue 31-May-11 13:31:15

My immediate thought on reading the title of this thread was that they'd end up being called Issie and Lizzie!

valiumbandwitch Tue 31-May-11 15:20:10

No. That's is silly. Everybody knows that Isabel is spanish for Elizabeth.

What about Margaret? It has great nick names.

Or Marianne? Isabel and Marianne works too.

oohlaalaa Tue 31-May-11 16:37:23

I think its fine.

VeryHungryKatypillar Tue 31-May-11 16:40:12

Hmm, Isabel and Elizabeth is a bit of a tongue twister. And Izzy and Lizzy is a bit mental. Right, Elisabeth goes out the window. MIL is Margaret, and not keen generally...
Thanks SIR!
How bout Bethan?

Don't know why I'm worrying about names for a DD. I'm fairly sure I'm having a boy...

VeryHungryKatypillar Tue 31-May-11 16:42:24

Marianne sounds good, I'm just not a fan - think there must be a film with an American child whining 'Marianne, Marianne' because that's all I can think of.. I think three syllable names, pref starting with a vowel, sound good with Isabel - nice and symmetrical...


BlueChampagne Tue 31-May-11 16:57:10

Imogen (though you might not want them both beginning with I)

I know it doesn't start with a vowel, but Meredith is a lovely name IMO

Tuschinski Tue 31-May-11 16:58:09

No, I think they are the same name

BlueChampagne Tue 31-May-11 17:00:29


JamieAgain Tue 31-May-11 17:10:28

<stands corrected>

Youcantaffordme Tue 31-May-11 17:16:49

Most people wouldn't regard them as the same name, lots wouldn't even know. I think "Izzy and Lizzy" is brilliant smile but both names have other diminutives, so they could bail out of that if they didn't like it.

lordsugarslovechild Tue 31-May-11 20:47:41

I think they are the same name.

5DollarShake Wed 01-Jun-11 02:49:29

I wouldn't.

I'm an Isobel and people mishear it and call me Elizabeth way more often than you'd think.

EsmeWatson Wed 01-Jun-11 23:25:27

I wouldn't. It's quite commonly known that it is the same name.

ColonelBrandonsBiggestGroupie Wed 01-Jun-11 23:31:46

I think it's daft - sorry. They are essentially the same name, as you said yourself.

I also thought of Marianne and Margaret (Izzy and Meg v cute).

Isabel and Harriet?
Isabel and Hermione?
Isabel and Abigail?
Isabel and Yolande (my favourite!)?

Strawbezza Wed 01-Jun-11 23:36:28


thereisalightanditnevergoesout Thu 02-Jun-11 00:22:41

They are the same name/derivation. I wouldn't do it.

Tommy Thu 02-Jun-11 00:26:01

Bethan and Bethany are nice - diminutives of Elizabeth but not so tongue twisty

Tommy Thu 02-Jun-11 00:27:36

start with a vowle and are 3 syllables

cat64 Thu 02-Jun-11 00:47:10

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saffronwblue Thu 02-Jun-11 00:53:44

Yes, I too immediately think they are the same name. You and they will be driven crazy for their whole lives with people confusing them.

VeryHungryKatypillar Thu 02-Jun-11 11:22:10

Thanks all, v helpful suggestions!

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