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what do you think about using same initials for siblings?

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TeWiSavesTheDay Thu 21-Feb-13 13:57:29

Can't decide if I like this idea or not! The girl name we like best for dc3 has the same initials as DD. Wondering whether to pick to a boy's name with the same initials as DS.

Keep thinking it would be so convenient for labelling uniform!

But possibly also awkward with mail etc.

SneakyBiscuitEater Thu 21-Feb-13 18:23:37

My DSis and I had the same first initial and my two DBros and DDad shared a first initial too. Never bothered any of us at all.

My DH and DS's first names both begin with a K and again no problems so far. (we are obviously tasteless chavs from chavvy stock)

redandwhitesprinkles Thu 21-Feb-13 18:22:39

Mine have the same first initial but not middle.

My husband has all 3 initials the same ad his dad. They didn't think about it until the post got mixed up but no major issues.

WoTmania Thu 21-Feb-13 18:17:47

My grand parents, parents, brother (and soon to be SIL) and cousin all have the same initial (I don't mean just indivisual the couples - all 7 of them have the single same letter starting their names). Not been a massive problem so far although as they all, except the STBSIL, use the same Drs surgery and pharmacy has occasionally led to some mix ups. Doesn't help that my grandad, dad and brother all have the same name, as does someone not known to us who lives up the road (poor pharmacist grin)

Dillydollydaydream Thu 21-Feb-13 18:08:55

I know someone who has 3 dc, all begin with X and have the same amount of letters! I was a bit hmm when I found out.

TeWiSavesTheDay Thu 21-Feb-13 17:19:28

Could add an extra middle name though, so DD is MAS and DD2 would be MAES?

TeWiSavesTheDay Thu 21-Feb-13 17:18:21

We really love the girl name we've picked so reluctant to change it. There aren't any alternate spellings, I don't think.

Darn baby names.

Snowflakepie Thu 21-Feb-13 16:53:15

I wouldn't use the same initials for a DS as my DH, as there is a distinct possibility with costs of housing etc that adult children will still live with you. And all post of importance got sent to home while at uni. So 2 Mr D Smiths could well get confused. But Miss or Mrs will distinguish the others. I would try to make sure middle initials were at least different, most official stuff uses them all. Equally it hardly matters, we get so little post other than junk now! So if the name is something you love, it wouldn't put me off really.

nickelbabe Thu 21-Feb-13 16:41:15

ah, see, i wouldn't do both initials the same even if the first was the same.

That would just cause postal chaos!
Can you change the spellings of the middle names to make them different initials?

MadameJosephine Thu 21-Feb-13 16:19:10

My grandparents, my parents, me, my exH, my brother and my 2 dc all have the same first initial. It's never caused any problems. Does that make me a Chav? I swear I've never left the house in my pyjamas, not even once!

amck5700 Thu 21-Feb-13 16:13:32

...and neither names are Chavvy imo.

amck5700 Thu 21-Feb-13 16:12:24

I have two boys both with the same initial - a C! and both sound like a K!

Can't say it causes any issues - I'll be kicking them out at 16 so mail shouldn't be an issue.

....and seriously how much actual mail does anyone get these day? Never mind how much they will get when it actually matters.

OH and I share first initials too - all of it was unintentional but if OH hadn't insisted on a gaelic spelling for No2 son they would have different initials

DreamingOfTheMaldives Thu 21-Feb-13 16:10:28

Me, my brother and sister are all the same initials - first name and surname (not middle names.) It wasn't done deliberately but never caused any problems apart from very occasionally getting post mixed up.

Gwennan Thu 21-Feb-13 16:01:08

I think it's fine for two siblings to share the same first initials but it starts getting a bit weird if there's 3 or 4 of them. It's better if the sounds are different - like an Emily and an Elliot or a Charlotte and a Christopher. I think I'd give the children different middle names though and certainly wouldn't go out of my way to match them.

TeWiSavesTheDay Thu 21-Feb-13 15:49:57


Changing it a bit to not to out myself, but

Me: NE Smith
DH: RE smith
DD: MA Smith
DS: RC Smith

(so mostly different so far)

Then baby 3 could be
Girl: MA Smith
Boy: RC smith

I'm 99% that this will be the last baby, so there'd only be 2 people in the house with exactly the same initials.

chickabilla Thu 21-Feb-13 15:39:24

My 2 DS share the same first initial, different middle initials. The only other name that was a contender would have given DS2 the exact same initials as DH. This baby will have a different first initial as it was not intentional last time! No problems so far and great for naming uniform but they are only 6 and 2.

MrsReiver Thu 21-Feb-13 15:37:12

Definitely not chavvy, unless they all begin with K or C then I can think of some debatable sets.


sooperdooper Thu 21-Feb-13 15:36:53

I have the same initials as my brother, it's no big deal and it's never caused any issues whatsoever - tbh I doubt my mum & dad even considered it anything to wonder about, I think you're over thinking it!

eachtigertires Thu 21-Feb-13 15:36:49

I know someone whose whole family has the same first initial, I don't think they find it a problem.

MrsReiver Thu 21-Feb-13 15:36:45

I have the same initials as two of my brothers and one of my sisters and two of my other brothers have the same initials. It's never caused any confusion, apart from just now when I was trying to work it out.

5madthings Thu 21-Feb-13 15:36:09

My dp has the same initial as his sister and his mum and non if them have a middle name, think A Brown. So for post etc he found it massively annoying.

weegiemum Thu 21-Feb-13 15:35:49

We're fairy mixed - dh is HJT, I'm SMT, dd1 is KMT, Ds is APRT and dd2 is RJT. we don't share any names, any family names they have are from grandparents or great grandparents.

When I was a teen, my step mum (I lived with dad and DSM) had the same first initial as my sister. Never was an issue.

Startail Thu 21-Feb-13 15:35:49

Definitely not chavvy, unless they all begin with K or C then I can think of some debatable sets.

usualsuspect Thu 21-Feb-13 15:35:39

I've got the same initials as my brother, cant say it has ever caused a problem.

HeadFairy Thu 21-Feb-13 15:34:25

Hmm not sure. Depends how many children. Two or three is ok ish any more than that and you risk looking like one of those bonkers families with hundreds of children and a slight tendency to believe consipiracy theories.

Startail Thu 21-Feb-13 15:33:04

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