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Having two DC with 'e' sound at end of the name

(19 Posts)
sheeplikessleep Thu 20-Jun-13 17:25:05

We are expecting our third DS in a few weeks and really struggling with names.

The only name DH and I agree on is Henry.

Our two other DSs have full names that can be shortened. My eldest DSs name is Oliver (normally called Oli).

Am I overthinking this or is Oli and Henry too similar sounding?


CheeseStrawWars Thu 20-Jun-13 17:32:05

Overthinking. You never know, Henry might get shortened to "Henners" or something!

sheeplikessleep Thu 20-Jun-13 17:34:29

Thanks cheesestraws.
I've asked two close friends / family IRL and they also said the same. DH thinks the same too.
Just that nagging doubt that it would have been nice to have three very different names, just we don't have any plan Bs.
I hate thinking of baby names!

sheeplikessleep Thu 20-Jun-13 17:35:20

Just to clarify - the few people I've asked agree with you, that I am overthinking it!

rockybalboa Thu 20-Jun-13 19:05:13

Both my DS's have names ending in an ee sound (actually a y at the end in both cases). I like it.

OrangeJuiceSandwich Thu 20-Jun-13 19:23:23

I wouldn't use Henry with Oliver only because Henry is so crazily overused right now!

And actually Oli and Henry is a bittoo twee for me, like having Millie and Molly.

formerblonde Thu 20-Jun-13 19:34:03

I love Henry! Just lovely and I dont think its an issue with the other name. Go for it!

Turniptwirl Thu 20-Jun-13 20:49:43

Can't see it being an issue, they're two very different sounding names, not like Molly and Milly at all.

BeckAndCall Thu 20-Jun-13 20:52:30

Definitely over thinking. All three of mine have names ending in 'ee' - at least the shortened versions. All two syllables too. And the girls even have the same first consonant! Not a problem and hasn't been fr all of the 20 years so far.

Whats more of a problem is the same first initial on the mail for DH and DS!

BlueStarsAtNight Thu 20-Jun-13 20:59:04

I definitely wouldn't see it as a problem, I think Oli and Henry sound nice together and I love both names. They both have an 'ee' sound at the end but are very different sounding names.

DramaAlpaca Thu 20-Jun-13 21:02:30

They are very different names & they sound good together.

I love both names but couldn't have them - too many Olivers in the family already, and DH didn't like Henry sad.

shelley72 Fri 21-Jun-13 02:27:09

Have tried to pm. I think they work together, not that similar sounding at all.

shelley72 Fri 21-Jun-13 07:08:44

Forgot to say congratulations btw.

KnittedWaffle Fri 21-Jun-13 07:20:19

I think they go together perfectly!
I have three DC DS1's name ends in -ron and DS2's in -ran and I overthought it for a while too! smile
Congratulations btw!

ShabbyButNotChic Fri 21-Jun-13 08:19:55

I like them together, and also, i have a cousin henry and he either gets called 'H' or henners, so it wouldnt necessarily rhyme with oli anyway

UniqueAndAmazing Fri 21-Jun-13 09:42:41

they're not similar at all smile

Oli and Henry do sound different, as their vowel sounds elsewhere are different.

badtime Fri 21-Jun-13 11:49:24

Henry can be shortened to 'Hal' or 'Hank'*, so the names could end up very different (not that they are particularly similar to begin with).

* People think this is American, but it is actually short for the medieval 'Henkin'**.
** Don't call your baby Henkin.

sheeplikessleep Fri 21-Jun-13 22:07:39

Thanks all for posting, I will go with the vast majority that it is fine!

sheeplikessleep Fri 21-Jun-13 22:09:46

BTW, the only other thing putting me off is the nickname Hank!

Shelley - thanks for message grin

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