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William and Katherine

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HenriettaTurkey Fri 07-Mar-14 15:31:18

We are currently TTC #2 and have a lovely DS called William. He's actually not usually called that - we use a nickname that begins with B.

I've been thinking about girls names for #2 and currently love Katherine (Kate for short).

I can't do it, can I? hmm

Oh, and I also happen to be a republican!

Any other suggestions for lovely, classic, beautiful and non-pretentious names?

FayeKorgasm Fri 07-Mar-14 15:44:04

Well DOC spells her name Catherine, so not a prob if you go with the 'K' spelling.

I think it is a fabulous name, but then I might be biased wink

BlueChampagne Fri 07-Mar-14 15:47:02

grin probably not! Might any of the following fit the bill:


UriGeller Fri 07-Mar-14 15:51:18

If you're a republican (does that mean anti-monarchist?) then it wouldn't matter if you had a William and Katherine would it?

Go for it.

I'd think it was weird if a rampant Union Jack hat wearing, Lady Di teapot owning royalist did it. But if you're not bothered about the people at Buck House then it shouldn't worry you.

BlueChampagne Fri 07-Mar-14 15:58:09


Bootoyou2 Fri 07-Mar-14 15:59:55


HoneyandRum Fri 07-Mar-14 16:58:00

Catherine is wonderful but I also partial to the very underused Caroline (but would that be echoes of the MIL?)

PenguinsEatSpinach Fri 07-Mar-14 16:59:08

Kathryn, to increase the difference?

rosielrh2 Fri 07-Mar-14 17:11:39

Caitlyn would also give nn Kate (poss spelt Cait/Cate) and is lovely
I don't think it's a big deal, just don't name next DC George!

bassingtonffrench Fri 07-Mar-14 17:37:19

Sorry, I really wouldn't do it

JennyPiccolo Fri 07-Mar-14 17:48:25

Catriona? I always think of them as similar names.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 07-Mar-14 18:20:59

Go for it smile or what about Emma? or Alexandra? or Tess?

Nataleejah Fri 07-Mar-14 18:25:36

Anything else but Katherine

Mrswellyboot Fri 07-Mar-14 18:29:10

I wouldn't do it.

EirikurNoromaour Fri 07-Mar-14 18:31:29

I'm Katherine and I have a brother William and it had literally never occurred to me until now, so I wouldn't worry. Unless you call him wills and intend to call her Kate in which case it would be a bit odd.

fideline Fri 07-Mar-14 18:32:32


Bowlersarm Fri 07-Mar-14 18:51:50

I agree with Uri, it won't matter if you are anti monarchy. And Billy is so different to William, I think it's a non problem.

HenriettaTurkey Fri 07-Mar-14 19:34:39

Thank you for all your comments: I appear to have split opinion!

I like your perspective, Uri. It's true: maybe I shouldn't let it worry me. But I need to ponder that. And maybe, as they'd be Bill & Kat(i)e it wouldn't occur to people anyway.

Kathryn is lovely; but I prefer Katherine. I think I like the K & the option of a 'th' sound, so Caity doesn't really work.

I'm picky aren't I! I do quite like Clara and Anna from the other suggestions.

Oh I don't know. More perspectives and suggestions very very welcome!

HenriettaTurkey Fri 07-Mar-14 19:35:23

...also love Tess but it wouldn't really work with our surname. hmm

lisbapalea Fri 07-Mar-14 19:48:59

I have a Katy and had to rule out William for DC2 for exactly this reason. DC2 actually turned out to be a girl, so it wasn't a major issue in the end, but I know where you're coming from!

Other girls name in our lists for DDs were Anna (actually DD1's middle name), Hannah, Phoebe, Eleanor, Elisabeth, if that's any use?

squoosh Fri 07-Mar-14 19:59:57

If I met someone who claimed to be a republican and then told me their kids were called William and Kate I'd think they were telling fibs re. their republican status and secretly lived in a Union Jack festooned house dotted with lots of porcelain figurines of royals that they'd bought in monthly installments from the Sunday Express. Oh and I'd suspect them of owning a flatulent corgi.


Goingcrazy888 Fri 07-Mar-14 20:04:00

No way. Sorry they are great names but I couldn't do it. Alternatives:


HenriettaTurkey Fri 07-Mar-14 20:07:29

Ha! That's probably exactly what us think too! No flatulent corgis here although I do have a somewhat incontinent tabby.

Loving Claudia & Elsa from those two lists.

Ouchouchouchetyouch Fri 07-Mar-14 20:10:13

No suggestions, but no, you can't use Katherine. This reminds me of how irrationally angry I get whenever I re read The Secret History, which is often as its one of my favourites. The twins are called Charles and Camilla and it just makes me scream inwardly!

TheresLotsOfFarmyardAnimals Fri 07-Mar-14 20:11:41


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