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Samuel and Daniel ... too rhyme-y? (Even though full names aren't / won't be used)

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KatharineClover Sat 28-Jun-14 07:52:12

Hi everyone,
We have DS1 called Samuel (but known as Sammy or Sam) and due DS2 in September. The only name both DH and I both agree on and love is Daniel, (to be known as Dan or Danny). I was really happy with the choice (but we won't tell anyone irl until after the baby us here) but there is a bit of me that is having a wobble and is worried about the fact that 'Samuel and Daniel' almost rhyme ... even though it will be quite rare that I would say both names in full together.
Does it sound daft to you?
Other names we liked were Benjamin, but as surname begins with a T I didn't want him known as 'Ben T' at school. Also don't want a similar first initial to us (no S, L or J) and we want a traditional name that shortens. DH has a big family a lot of names are already taken.
Thanks for your thoughts x

VivaLeBeaver Sat 28-Jun-14 07:52:56

Sounds daft, sorry. Really daft.

Mumof3xox Sat 28-Jun-14 07:53:39

I think it's fine tbh!

BlueStarsAtNight Sat 28-Jun-14 08:07:39

Sorry but I do think it sounds silly! I also think Sam and Dan or Sammy and Danny are too rhymey aswell tbh!

I love Daniel but wouldn't use it myself as my DS's name sounds similar to Sam.

Good call on avoiding Ben T too.

How about something like:


SavoyCabbage Sat 28-Jun-14 08:08:28

I was going to say yes, all good as long as you don't have Sam and Dan or Sammy and Danny as I think they are more samey than the long versions.

AChildminder88 Sat 28-Jun-14 08:11:39

My OH and his brother are Sam and Dan I don't think it sounds daft at all!!!

SanityClause Sat 28-Jun-14 08:14:23

They are lovely names.

What does it matter if they are a bit rhyme-y? For the most part, people will know them separately, anyway, not as "Sam and Dan".

Only problem is, if you have another child (and I didn't want three, either, but I have three!) will it be weird if their name is quite different?

nooka Sat 28-Jun-14 08:14:58

Sorry but I agree with everyone else they are just too similar, whether you use the long forms or the short (Sammy/Danny; Sam/Dan) I do think it sounds overly matchy matchy.

As you like traditional names how about Andrew/Andy, Christopher/Kit, Robert/Rob, Richard/Ritchie, Edward/Ed, Michael/Mike, Nicholas/Nick?

Notso Sat 28-Jun-14 08:19:06

I know brothers called Dan(iel) and Sam(uel) One was in DD's class and one in DS1's class. It has never occurred to me that their names sound similar in the 9 years I have known them.

AChildminder88 Sat 28-Jun-14 08:38:56

I agree notso once you know the person you don't even hear the name, if you know what I mean...?!

Bowlersarm Sat 28-Jun-14 08:41:53

I think they are far too close. Sorry.

Notso Sat 28-Jun-14 09:01:06

Exactly AChildminder88 sometimes I think you can over analyse names a bit. I was worried one of our choices for DS3's name and our surname together sounded a bit like Slytherin when I was pregnant hmm I had forgotten about it until now.

Marcipex Sat 28-Jun-14 11:50:00

I think it's fine.

Melons79 Sat 28-Jun-14 11:54:25

Doesn't Ed Milliband have a Samuel and Daniel?

I don't see a problem.

Nereida Sat 28-Jun-14 17:55:29

I think it's fine. I actually think they're quite nice together.

Other suggestions:

Edward (Ed/Eddie)
Frederick (Fred/Freddie)
Nicholas (Nick/Nicky/Nico)
Oliver (Olly/Ollie)
Thomas (Tom/Tommy)
William (Will/Billy)
Zachary (Zac/Zach)

Harrin Sat 28-Jun-14 20:54:01

My partner is a Ben T and said he got the jokes all the time at school, so I'd avoid that too

KatharineClover Sun 29-Jun-14 19:53:04

Thanks for your thoughts everyone - looks like an even split between daft/fine which makes the choice hard!
I also like Teddy (have done since a teen reading Little Women) but DS has a comforter named teddy so that would be confusing.
It was a lot easier choosing DS's name!

flowerpowers Sun 29-Jun-14 22:24:14

Too similar, as is Sam/my and Dan/ny imo. I'd choose different vowels, like Samuel and William or Samuel and Nathan.

DramaAlpaca Sun 29-Jun-14 22:33:42

I don't see the problem at all.

Samuel & Daniel are fine together.

madboob Sun 29-Jun-14 22:36:58

I think they sound fine, but for alternatives I like Joseph (Joe), Oliver (Ollie), Edward (Eddie) & William (Billy).smile

ScrambledEggAndToast Sun 29-Jun-14 22:41:36

A bit silly tbh. A woman I used to know had two boys called Theo and Leo which I always thought sounded a bit daft.

bouquetofpencils Mon 30-Jun-14 23:25:31

I know of brothers called Albert and Herbert (long deceased). So in comparison Samuel and Daniel are fine. Go for it.

ChickenFajitasAndNachos Tue 01-Jul-14 16:47:05

They are bit rhymey but both lovely names.

squoosh Tue 01-Jul-14 16:54:31

I think they sound silly together.

Petitgrain Tue 01-Jul-14 16:59:11

I think they sound too similar. Teddy's great though!

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