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Really like Henry but already have a Harry - help!

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Spellcheck Sat 05-Jan-13 10:32:33

Please can I have some opinions on this! Expecting my DC4 (DP's 1st) in a few weeks. It's a boy, and we are really stuck for names. I am a teacher and therefore most names remind me of some of the children I teach so I don't want them as they are already 'taken' IYSWIM. The only name we really, really like is Henry.

However, my first son is Harry. It's a name in it's own right, I didn't call him Henry and shorten it, so surely as they will both have different surnames, it would be ok to call DS2 Henry?? Some friends have called the idea into question, and now I've thought about it so much I can't think straight.

What would you think if a friend did it? Or should I say sod what everyone thinks and go for it anyway?

Purplehonesty Sat 05-Jan-13 10:34:06

Oh go for it. Not many people I know would realise that Harry is actually short for Henry.
Both lovely names wink

mrscog Sat 05-Jan-13 10:34:07

I wouldn't think anything if a friend did it and I love the name Henry so I'd just go for it! Henry & Harry sounds good together imo!

mrscog Sat 05-Jan-13 10:35:16

And YY to purple - I didn't know for years that Harry was a shortening for Henry (how is it a shortening anyway with the same amount of letters???!).

saffronwblue Sat 05-Jan-13 10:36:17

I think it is the same name, but I am a random person on the internet to you, so I think you should go with what you and your DP want.

Welovecouscous Sat 05-Jan-13 10:36:18

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ISpyPlumPie Sat 05-Jan-13 10:46:09

Honestly? I wouldn't but there were quite a few generations of Henrys-known-as-Harrrys further back in my family so maybe that skews my opinion and I know Harry has become a name in it's own right since then. Still essentially the same name to me though, but both versions are lovely.

louloutheshamed Sat 05-Jan-13 10:48:32

I have a Henry and to me Harry is vv similar, it would be like having a Katherine and a Katie or an Elizabeth and a Beth.

seeker Sat 05-Jan-13 10:50:30

It's the same name. As any fan of the royal family will tell you.

happystory Sat 05-Jan-13 10:56:03

I wouldn't do it. Don't think your ds1 will thank you for it when he's older

MoetEtPantsOn Sat 05-Jan-13 10:57:02

Do as you like (Henry is a great name) but bear in mind that reactions through life will be same as on this thread and with your friends. There will always be people who think that you have two sons with the same name and others who don't.

lockets Sat 05-Jan-13 10:58:24

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GoldPlatedNineDoors Sat 05-Jan-13 11:00:29

Well I suppose Jack and John are the same name and I wouldnt think that was odd.

Harry and Henry are too similar sounding for me - its almost like having Harry and a dd called Harriett

MorrisZapp Sat 05-Jan-13 11:02:11

I wouldn't, sorry. They are the same name.

HappyNewBleurgh Sat 05-Jan-13 11:04:06

I think they're too alike, but probably because I know they are the same name. I'd also make the John/Jack connection as well.

WhispersOfWickedness Sat 05-Jan-13 11:04:15

I view them as the 'same' name as well, sorry. Henry is great though!

wigglesrock Sat 05-Jan-13 11:07:54

Its the same name, I have always known Harry as a nickname for Henry. I would equate it with using Danny and Daniel.

CheeseStrawWars Sat 05-Jan-13 11:12:23

I think it's the same name but also bear in mind:

Letters will be address to "Mr/Master H Smith" - how do you tell whose post is whose?

Yelling "Henry!" or "Harry!" in park or wherever - hard to tell which name you're calling, from the child's point of view. Confusing for all concerned.

QOD Sat 05-Jan-13 11:13:51

I know someone with Bryan and Ryan ... Go for it!

NotLongUntilXmas Sat 05-Jan-13 11:15:01

I didn't realise they were the same name, but then I accidentally named two of my DDs with the same name, one is the French version.

Clary Sat 05-Jan-13 11:17:23

Harry is a diminutive for Henry - Prince Harry is actually called Henry, and Henry VIII ws known as Prince Harry or Prince Hal as a young man.

So on that basis I think it's the same as calling your children Billy and William. I woudn't do it myself.

lottiegarbanzo Sat 05-Jan-13 11:20:27

They are the same name but Harry has become a very common name in its own right in recent years and I imagine many Harrys and their parents don't even know it's the same.

What is the age difference between the two boys? If it's large, they may not actually spend a lot of time together as the years go on and will have different friends and acquaintances. With a different surname they certainly won't be confused and only family will necessarily know they are brothers. That's a reason to go for it.

There may be a sense though, that you appear to be 'starting again' with a new family with the new DP, disregarding what went before. That may not be what you wish to convey.

In the end, do whatever you want, of course.

almapudden Sat 05-Jan-13 11:24:44

I woukdnt. It's the same name. Equally, I wouldn't have a Jack and a John, or an Emily and an Amelia.

AuntieShirley Sat 05-Jan-13 11:33:22

I am afraid I see them as the same name too. I don't even think they are similar. They are the same name. There must be something else you like?

mrscog Sat 05-Jan-13 11:57:28

Ignore these old fashioned idiots - call your son's what you like - if someone can't hear the difference between the two they should be calling their GP for a hearing test appointment!

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