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Would you use the same or a very similar name?

(10 Posts)
BlackberryandNettle Wed 19-Nov-14 22:31:28

If a friend had used it for their child. Does the gap between them make a difference? For example Anna/Hannah or Isabelle/ Isabella or Lara/Clara?

BlackberryandNettle Wed 19-Nov-14 22:32:21

We had a name settled for a second Dd but a close friend has just used almost the same name

SirChenjin Wed 19-Nov-14 22:33:50

Yep. Wouldn't bother me at all - a name doesn't belong to someone

minipie Wed 19-Nov-14 22:36:34

Anna and Hannah are totally different names IMO
Same for Lara and Clara

Isabelle and Isabella are the only ones which are virtually the same

In any of these cases yes I would still use the name, unless it was an incredibly unusual name

BananaToast Thu 20-Nov-14 16:09:40

I agree, those examples you've given are quite different names - with the exception of Isabelle/Isabella. I wouldn't even think twice about Anna/Hannah etc.

burgatroyd Thu 20-Nov-14 17:27:47

Personally I would need to consider if I'd mind similar sounding names as people often confuse them. So an Ellen might be called Helen or Sophia but just get called Sophie or a Juliet, Julie, Julianne, an Emmeline as Emily.
Its not a deal breaker but its something to consider.

Spanielpuppy Thu 20-Nov-14 19:26:12

Blackberryandnettle might help if you say the names in question.

I suppose it depends on your friendship and circumstances etc.

Have you ever had the conversation regarding names?

MotherOfInsomniacToddlers Thu 20-Nov-14 19:49:51

Depends on the friendship basis and how that's likely to be in a few years time. An acquaintance or someone you haven't known for long I wouldn't care. Might bother me if it was my best friend of 20 years who I saw daily though!

wadjet78 Thu 20-Nov-14 19:57:08

Yeah, wouldn't bother me with the examples you have given. Only thing that could bother me was a name that could have the nn. e.g. Abigail/Abbey

dreamingofsun Fri 21-Nov-14 18:15:52

if different name - and the examples you give - it wouldn't bother me. if same name used by close friends or godparents then it would indicate a 'no-one owns a name and i don't care a toss what you think' attitude. Would i want this sort of person as a friend...prob not. from the other perspective i wouldn't want my child having the same name as somone else i knew really well - thoug i understand that if its a top ten name then this isn't an issue for someone

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