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Angus and Innes -too similar?

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Thinkingof4 Sat 02-Mar-13 21:46:20

I have 3 ds and am pg with dc4. Don't know if this is also a boy but suspect it may be! All our boys have scottish names (we are Scottish) and we need another similar type of name. Ds2 is Angus and one boys name we really like is Innes. Just wondering if people think this is too similar sounding? Thanks in advance for any opinions smile

echidnakid Mon 04-Mar-13 01:44:41

Innes is great and not too similar to Angus IMO.

Thinkingof4 Mon 04-Mar-13 14:15:38

ohbugger I think Innes is from gaelic for island so not the same name, but I may be wrong!
We do already have a Hamish, which is now making me think we have too many ''s" sounds with angus/hamish/Innes?
Maybe I'm overthinking things!! confused

I know Innes/Inez is Spanish girls name, and can be a girls name in scotland is is definitely predominantly a boys name here so I'm not too worried about that.

FellNel Mon 04-Mar-13 14:18:22

Similar, yes, but not too much so. I have heard much clumsier pairings! I give you Ewan and Owen, and Melanie and Emily. confused

They are both lovely names by the way.

Gilbertwasthebestcat Mon 04-Mar-13 14:20:00

I think Innes is Gaelic for Angus. I have an Angus and was told this by an old lady from the Highlands. What about Gregor or Douglas?

BabsAndTheRu Mon 04-Mar-13 14:21:20

Love the name Innes, definitely a boys name here in Scotland. We have a Ruairidh, a Ross and a Mairi. If Mairi had been a boy she would have been Rhoddy.

OhBuggerandArse Mon 04-Mar-13 14:35:40

No, island is 'Inis'. Innes is taken from the genitive case of Aonghas, which you can see in the 'surname' form, MacAonghais, or 'MacInnes' in English.

GlaikitFizzog Mon 04-Mar-13 14:43:08

I think you might be over thinking.

Think of it like 3 sisters all ending in a Clara, alicia, Amelia? Or Lisa Laura Paula.

Hamish Angus and Innes all end differently, ish us, es.

Babs, love mairi! Good choice!

GlaikitFizzog Mon 04-Mar-13 14:45:25

OhBugger, I understand what you are saying, but in realiity how many people actually know that? I really don't think it's a reason to not use both names.

itsallyourownfault Mon 04-Mar-13 14:49:32

Both lovely. I love Scottish names. Great choices!

BabsAndTheRu Mon 04-Mar-13 15:15:44

Thanks Glaikitfizzog

Ginebra Mon 04-Mar-13 16:34:18

Yes they are too similar. I can't believe people are telling you it's fine.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 04-Mar-13 16:45:55

I would have more of a problem with Cameron and Callum in the same family.

Whyriskit Mon 04-Mar-13 19:45:08

Don't think they are too similar.
Innes is my current choice for DC3 if it's a boy - finding it interesting that the non-Scots on here think it could be a girl's name, that wouldn't have occurred to me.
I currently have two Scottish named DSs and as well as Innes on my list, I also have Campbell, William and Murdo.

Thinkingof4 Mon 04-Mar-13 21:21:36

ohbugger ok then, I don't speak any Gaelic (as you will have guessed!), I don't know if many non Gaelic speakers would know, so maybe not a problem unless we move somewhere further north and west like Hebrides!

whyriskit Campbell and murdo are still on our list too! I love Campbell but dh not so keen. Murdo is a really 'strong' name so might only use if I have a real bruiser!

GlaikitFizzog Mon 04-Mar-13 21:25:42

Can I throw Struan, Ramsey, Gregor and Fraser into the mix!?

BabsAndTheRu Mon 04-Mar-13 22:36:41

Struan and Murdo were some of the names on my list for DS1. Fraser is DP's name. Great minds think alike and all that. I liked Campbell but couldn't do it because Glencoe.

ShepherdsSpy Mon 04-Mar-13 23:49:12


Offcolour Tue 05-Mar-13 06:50:22

I have a Struan!

Whyriskit Tue 05-Mar-13 08:21:06

Babs - Campbell's my maiden name, hadn't thought about massacre connotations, hmmm.

BabsAndTheRu Tue 05-Mar-13 12:38:59

Ridiculous really, just being superstitious. I still think Campbell is a lovely name though.

LindaMcCartneySausage Tue 05-Mar-13 12:55:45

I love the name Innes. I don't think it's too similar to Angus.

I would love to use Innes for DC2 if it's a boy, but DH vetoed the name on the same grounds as others have said here. One of his friends has a a DD called Ines (French mother) and we live down south for now. In Scotland, I wouldn't hesitate to use it. Definitely a boys name.

LindaMcCartneySausage Tue 05-Mar-13 12:57:12

Baba - are you a MacDonald? grin

FoxyRevenger Tue 05-Mar-13 13:00:46

We have an Innes, people always compliment us on it too. I have to say, I don't think it and Angus are similar, they go together really well though.

EuphemiaLennox Tue 05-Mar-13 13:05:42

How do you say Innes?
They way I'm saying it in my head, they are too similar.

GlaikitFizzog Tue 05-Mar-13 13:16:21

In-iss to rhyme with kiss
Angus to rhyme with fuss

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