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Nicknames that rhyme (parent & child)

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NotTheBestUsernameInTheWorld Sat 05-Dec-15 01:57:56

We're considering names for our first child, and so far our favourite for a boy is Benjamin. Doubtless this will get shortened to Ben. All well and good, except that I'm a Jennifer, who goes by Jen.

Jen & Ben.

Now that I've heard it, I can't unhear it, but it's been so hard coming up with a boy's name that we both agree on. I really don't want to go back to the drawing board, but I don't like Benny or Benji as nicknames either.

I suppose I could always introduce him as Benjamin, but my question is, how terrible is Jen & Ben as mother/son pairing? Is it twee & naff, or am I overthinking?

Honest opinions, please!

Flossiesmummy Sat 05-Dec-15 02:33:52

You're overthinking. I love the name.

myotherusernameisbetter Sat 05-Dec-15 12:44:36

I know Bethan and Gethin mum and son combo, you don't really notice after a bit.

Bue Sat 05-Dec-15 12:50:08

Will be totally fine. If we had had a boy DH and DS would have been Ed and Fred.

KaraokeQueenOfTheNorth Sat 05-Dec-15 13:28:02

I have a friend called Molly with a daughter Holly. It honestly didn't occur to me until her daughter was about three, then I found it amusing for about a day, and then I had forgotten again until this thread!

BlueBananas Sat 05-Dec-15 13:30:10

I know a Stacey with daughter Lacey
She did it intentionally apparently hmm

NotTheBestUsernameInTheWorld Sat 05-Dec-15 22:18:41

Thanks for all your responses. Glad to hear of some real life examples, and that they turned out fine. smile

marjolaine Sat 05-Dec-15 23:03:15

I actually know a Jen and Ben combo; I think she intended on him being Benjamin but that didn't stick for long. Don't think anyone's ever said anything about it (DH didn't even notice until I pointed it out).

Belazu84 Sun 06-Dec-15 00:30:51

Not an issue!

Quodlibet Wed 09-Dec-15 00:24:12

What if it's rhyming siblings? Bad idea or still ok?

OiWithThePoodlesAlready Fri 11-Dec-15 19:56:42

Me and my dd don't rhyme but the shortened versions of our names are very similar. It didn't even occur to me until she was a few months old, then I just thought it was quite funny. Nobody has ever commented on it but people often get out names mixed up. Less of a problem if you're having a boy I guess fgrin

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