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Name choice too similar to niece?

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Becki0409 Wed 11-Nov-15 10:02:09

Hi just looking for some advice and opinions - we are expecting at the moment, don't know gender but we both like the name Ava for a girl, dilemma is we have a niece called Eva. Do you think the names are too similar for cousins? There will be 6 years between them, and they will both have same surname, thanks in advanced!

Becki ???? xxx

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Wed 11-Nov-15 10:19:36

Yes they are too similar, but you could always hypenate Ava. I know its not everyones thing but it might be away of using the name.
Ava-Mae. Yes tedious but it still flows

Sunshine511 Wed 11-Nov-15 11:02:45

Sorry to say, I also think they're a bit too similar! Especially since they'll have the same surname. The name Ava is very popular at the moment. Top 5 I believe! I wanted to call my dd Ava but I decided to go for Keira as Ava just seemed a little too popular. Your choice though, it is a lovely name x

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Wed 11-Nov-15 11:05:48

It is nice, but very similar, especially with the same surname. How about Ada? Same vowel sounds, but you lose the v which is the main issue.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 11-Nov-15 11:09:53

How often will they see each other? Would Eva's parents mind?

I know several sets cousins with similar names Anna/Hannah, James/Jamie, and i think it depends on the closeness of the families.

Paperthin Wed 11-Nov-15 11:10:32

I think they are a bit too similar too, both lovely though. Following on from Polka, how about Ayda ? A more modern spelling of Ada I have seen.

dilbert19912 Wed 11-Nov-15 11:21:13

My cousin has a child called Macy, my daughter is called maisie and my another cousin has just called her daughter macie. I dont think any of us really care. Maybe its because we have a large extended family and we are running out of names!

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 11-Nov-15 11:30:16

Ava and Eva are essentially the same name, with most of Europe pronouncing it Ava.

Ada is lovely though.

wigglylines Wed 11-Nov-15 11:34:01

I'm.surprised at the answers, the usual MN line on names is no one owns them!

If they were sisters then it would be too similar. But cousins? Go for it!

Lovely name by the way.

(Please ignore the advice to hyphenate it!)

Sunnyminimalist2 Wed 11-Nov-15 11:36:02

I think its fine.

Don't hyphenate though. It's horrid

ktmummy1 Wed 11-Nov-15 11:58:40

I would go for it.

thunderbird69 Wed 11-Nov-15 12:09:57

Depends how close you are as a family I think. If they are unlikely to see each other very often, if you don't have family get togethers then it's fine.


Becki0409 Wed 11-Nov-15 13:02:22

Thanks everyone for your ideas & advice smile yes they would see each other regularly and probably go to same school too. I also like Vaida but partner doesn't, Ada is lovely too - our daughter is called Zoe so we liked Ava with it being another 3 letter name too - we might have a boy then problem solved lol

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Wed 11-Nov-15 13:05:21

If you're looking for 3 letter names how about
Or indeed Ada.

Mouthfulofquiz Wed 11-Nov-15 13:06:55

Is Vaida going to sound like Darth Vader or is it pronounced differently?

SteggySawUs Wed 11-Nov-15 13:07:33

Mia is a lovely three letter name to go with Zoe!

Belazu84 Wed 11-Nov-15 13:09:44

Amy? I think this is pretty and relatively underused at the moment.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Wed 11-Nov-15 13:16:48

Yes of course Amy. I can't believe I never thought of that. My sister is an Amy. Spelt Aimee though.

ExasperatedAlmostAlways Wed 11-Nov-15 13:20:34

Yeah it's too similar. We liked the name emmie but sil thought it sounded too similar to my niece Ellie. Decided on something different, but had a boy anyway.

Becki0409 Wed 11-Nov-15 14:15:45

Yeah Vaida is pronounced the same, that's what my husband said straight away "darth vader, no way" ha, Amy & Mia are lovely thanks, think we will stay away from Ava - I'll see what he thinks of Ada xx

Becki0409 Wed 11-Nov-15 16:42:45

I also like Nova for a girl - is that too similar to Eva too do you think?

Sunshine511 Wed 11-Nov-15 16:51:53

I think Nova is different enough from Eva! smile x

IoraRua Wed 11-Nov-15 17:50:55

Nova is very different from Eva.
I do think Ava and Eva are too similar sounding, plus there's a lot of Avas out there!

eatmytoes888 Wed 11-Nov-15 19:37:25

Una and Eva

manicinsomniac Sat 14-Nov-15 15:36:08

If there's 6 years between them they'll only be at the same school for a year. I'd use Ava if you love it.

I have two cousins with the same name (11 years apart though and different surname) - they have for all eternity been Big X and Little X but other than that, no problem!

I suppose Ava and Eva might create difficulties for any hard of hearing elderly relatives. But otherwise, I think it's fine.

Ava is lovely - but having said that, I like Amy even better

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