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cherry219 Sat 13-Oct-12 23:45:48

I'm 36+ weeks with DD1 - we already have a 3.5 year old DS. We're pretty set on DD's name, although I'm now getting concerned as DD's initials will be the same as DS's (first, middle and surname). Is it silly to be concerned? Does it not matter at all? We do call DS by his (first, middle) initials sometimes as a nickname, so we'd obviously have to stop that. I keep thinking of them growing up, opening each other's post etc if it's just addressed to initial. initial. surname!

I'm being hormonally daft, aren't I? Or should we have a rethink?

Thanks for listening to my daft ramblings ;)

steppemum Sat 13-Oct-12 23:53:05

you will have problems with post and confusion forever.

My mums initial is A so is my brothers, despite one being Mrs and one mr there was always post confusion.

I often think this when I see families with all children with the same initial.

BackforGood Sat 13-Oct-12 23:53:09

I certainly wouldn't.
Post is obviously important, but there's all the things you have when you are growing up with an initial on - from key rings to hankies! then, when you are putting name in their PE pumps, and when you are quickly jotting down an initial to keep a note of something..... there's loads of times in life you need to have your own initial in a family, even before you mentioned you already call your ds by his initials sometimes.

OneHandWavingFree Sun 14-Oct-12 00:01:08

I think that you should give your dd the name you love best. If the initials match, it really doesn't matter.

They are unlikely to be living together for many of the years when they'll be getting important post, and how many bank statements and solicitors' letters come addressed to Q.R. Surname anyway?

And even if they did, in how many families is it really that big a deal to say "sorry, I opened your phone bill, thought it was mine." It might never come up, or it might cause the odd moment of fleeting confusion. It will never cause a real problem, so why let it be a consideration in something as important and permanent as your daughter's name?

I have the same initials as my Mom, and my brother has the same as my Dad (by coincidence, not a weird intentional thing). It never caused a single problem in any of our lives and I don't understand why the prevailing view on MN seems to be that it matters.

OneHandWavingFree Sun 14-Oct-12 00:05:36

Also, with three years between your two, I think you're unlikely to mix their clothes or belongings up just because they're labelled with the same initials. If anything, it will be very handy for hand-me-downs! grin

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sun 14-Oct-12 01:24:05

I think it matters much less because you've got a boy and a girl, so letter will come to Mr/Miss, you're unlikely to mix up DS's school trousers with DD's school dress etc plus the age gap means it will be quite clear which clothes/shoes belong to which child.

I don't think you even need to stop calling your DS by his initials tbh. If DS is Tobias James nn TJ and DD will be Tamara Jane nn Tara, it's not a problem to have TJ and Tara.

Cadmum Sun 14-Oct-12 01:30:26

Our sons have the same initials. I didn't actually notice until ds2's birth certificate was printed.

It has not mattered yet but I suppose that post could be an issue at some point though very little of mine is addressed to my initials...

MadBusLadyHauntsTheMetro Sun 14-Oct-12 19:04:25

Post, nametags... and board games where someone is keeping score on a bit of paper!

CelticPromise Sun 14-Oct-12 19:06:53

I have the same initials as my sister. It's no big deal. We occasionally opened each other's post by mistake. <shrug>

LuellaLovesLavender Sun 14-Oct-12 19:54:13

I don't think it is an issue at all! I have never got any post with just my initials on it! And by the time they are old enough to receive important or private post they will more than likely be moved out of home!

OneHandWavingFree Sun 14-Oct-12 20:49:22

"What's that sweetheart, how did we pick your name? Well, we thought long and hard for the most beautiful name we could both agree on. And we really wanted to name you Catherine, but instead you're Margaret because we didn't want anyone to be inconvenienced by having to write an extra letter or two when keeping score for Scrabble."


Teamthrills Sun 14-Oct-12 20:52:23

Dd & ds' names both start with letter E, but both have different sound.

I wouldn't have given middle names with the same letter too though.

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