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I have an Emily can I have an

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Sherrypicking Thu 07-Jul-16 15:14:51


DD1 is called Emily. DD2 due very soon.

The only Two names Dh and I agree on are

Both have some similarity with Emily. Which should we choose, Lily or Elizabeth?

dancemom Thu 07-Jul-16 15:16:08

Id go with Elizabeth, Emily and Lily are very similar.

Although I know a family with an Eva and an Ava!

Xmasbaby11 Thu 07-Jul-16 15:17:19

They are both similar Imo unless you're planning to shorten Elizabeth.

SugarMiceInTheRain Thu 07-Jul-16 15:17:51

I'd go with Elizabeth - sounds less similar and also is less commonplace. Also you have lots of options for nicknames. Don't get me wrong I like the name Lily, but there seems to be at least one in every class at school!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Thu 07-Jul-16 15:20:01

Of the two I would go for Elizabeth, as the ending of Lily echoes that of Emily and there are several diminutives of Elizabeth to choose from.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 07-Jul-16 15:23:17

Not Lily but Elizabeth goes perfectly imo.

Sherrypicking Thu 07-Jul-16 15:24:30

Wow, thank you, smile.
I know it's really silly that we have these two names lily and elizabeth as they are similar probably Elizabeth less so.

Inevitable question, if i lil Elizabeth and Lily (and of course emily, dd1) what else might I love?

Sherrypicking Thu 07-Jul-16 15:24:58

* If I like Elizabeth..

HooseRice Thu 07-Jul-16 15:27:48

Elizabeth is a gorgeous and classic name.

Funnily enough I know a family with an Emily and a Lily. The mum dresses them identically even though they're difference ages <<off topic>> ... mmmm wonder if giving them very similar names was part of that fuckwittery.

forkhandles4candles Thu 07-Jul-16 15:28:51

why not Lilian or Lillibeth - can call her Lil or Lily still.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 07-Jul-16 15:29:12

Emily and Lily are far too similar imo.

I know someone who called their twins Janna and Jenna! She didn't think they were similar at all.

Sherrypicking Thu 07-Jul-16 15:35:15

ok, ok I get it! grin Lily is off.

Focusing on Elizabeth, possible nn lizzie. Is this still 'fuckwittery'? grin

Ricksheadtilt Thu 07-Jul-16 15:44:22

Elizabeth is a lovely name. Just be aware that you will have post / bank accounts in the names of Miss E <surname> for years and it can be confusing. I found this out the hard way!!! Especially when no-one uses the middle initial either.

anotherdayanothersquabble Thu 07-Jul-16 15:53:45

The initials thing can be annoying....

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Thu 07-Jul-16 15:56:17

Maybe Lizzie or Libby.
Or Lexi (or Lexy), short for Alexis.

Clarathemagnificent Thu 07-Jul-16 15:56:55

Emily and Lily is too much.

Emily and Elizabeth go together fine. I know two sisters with these names, known as Emily and Lizzie.

Sherrypicking Thu 07-Jul-16 16:00:58

DH also likes Isabelle, I think they have an Isabella in the family somewhere. I can't say I am too keen but what do people here think in terms of Elizabeth versus Isabelle? And in conjunction with Emily?

Jessbow Thu 07-Jul-16 16:30:04

Elizabeth over Isabel /Isabelle every time.

Classic name suggestions ....
Eleanor < not with Emily though
What about Just Beth?

Peasandsweetcorn Thu 07-Jul-16 16:41:57

I just thought I'd point out that Lily can be an abbreviation of Elizabeth & that Isabelle is the Spanish form of Elizabeth.

Sherrypicking Thu 07-Jul-16 16:50:08

I do like Charlotte, I probably like classic names that others consider as boring or safe.
Emily & Elizabeth (fav so far)
Emily & Charlotte
Emily & Isabelle

Lily is out

Thanks for your views again!

imsorryiasked Thu 07-Jul-16 16:50:18

How about Bethany?

semideponent Thu 07-Jul-16 16:55:15

I love both Emily and Elizabeth - they go well together.

Do you know the Clifford the Big Red Dog books? If you do use Elizabeth, you might want to invest in a few.

julfin Thu 07-Jul-16 17:44:50

I think Emily and Elizabeth go together beautifully! And the main short-forms for Elizabeth are very different from the short-forms for Emily. It's a winner. (I especially like Beth as a short-form for Elizabeth, but the other options are nice too.)

Isabelle is also a lovely name and goes well with Emily, but is very popular at the mo (if that bothers you).

I agree with others that Lily is a bit too similar to Emily. (Gorgeous name though...)

julfin Thu 07-Jul-16 17:46:05

Also really like Charlotte (and Lottie as NN)

ExcellentWorkThereMary Thu 07-Jul-16 17:49:08

Emily and Elizabeth is fine to me. I have children with the same initial and so far it has never been an issue. Apart from occasional confused post (which would be v straightforward to remedy I'd assume) I can't imagine why it would be an issue. And it's great for labelling clothes just write "E McDonald" and you don't have to relabel when it's handed down smile

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