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MrsJoeyMaynard Thu 01-Sep-16 20:45:27

Quick question - if someone already had a son called John, would you think it odd if they called a new baby boy Jack?

JasperDamerel Thu 01-Sep-16 20:46:44

Yes. It would be like having a Lizzie and a Betsy.

MrsBungle Thu 01-Sep-16 20:46:56

Personally, yes, I would because jack is a nickname for John as far as I am aware.

allegretto Thu 01-Sep-16 20:47:02

Odd as to me they are basically the same name but I know people use Jack as a proper name so you could I suppose.

mrschatty Thu 01-Sep-16 20:47:26

Yeah it's the same. My uncle goes by Jack OR John depending on who he's speaking to

Jeannekepis Thu 01-Sep-16 20:50:45

I think, perhaps incorrectly, that this is generational. Older people would see it as odd but as time has passed they have become two distinct names .

Saying that, I wouldn't do it. How about James as a similar alternative?

NoTractorsAtTheTable Thu 01-Sep-16 20:51:03

Yes - although I do know sisters called Catherine and Katie, so I suppose it does happen!

DubiousCredentials Thu 01-Sep-16 20:55:15

I think it's a nice pairing. My dad was called John and I have never heard of Jack being a nickname for John.

Blackpoollassy Thu 01-Sep-16 21:00:43

Jack is definitely the nn for John so it would be a bit odd

DamnGood314 Thu 01-Sep-16 21:01:42

You can't!
Even, say, Seán and Jack would make me think 'doh'

Sorry.

Sgoinneal Thu 01-Sep-16 21:02:18

Yes this would get my eyebrows raised. I keep seeing people who like Scottish names saying Angus and Innes are a nice sibling pairing and that's similar - it's the same name.

SerenDippitee Thu 01-Sep-16 21:06:57

Yes, they are the same name. But then I remember a thread about brothers called Harry and Henry facepalm

Nonameyet1 Thu 01-Sep-16 21:12:26

It's ok, for me too many Js!

MrsJoeyMaynard Thu 01-Sep-16 21:51:45

Thanks all.

DH has been trying to convince me that this would be totally fine and not odd at all, but I was very dubious about that.

villainousbroodmare Thu 01-Sep-16 22:25:22

No. Same name.

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 01-Sep-16 22:26:57

Your husband is very wrong.

Henry and Harry would be similarly foolish.

KanyesVest Thu 01-Sep-16 22:30:06

I know sisters who have the same name in different languages confused Definitely no to Jack and John being brothers.

wobblywonderwoman Thu 01-Sep-16 22:33:27

John and Paul

John and Peter

James - as mentioned would be perfect

Mybeardeddragonjustdied2016 Thu 01-Sep-16 22:33:47

My ex mil was called Gwendolynn. Her sister was Lynn. Fil chose the names.
Says loads.

HoratioNightboy Thu 01-Sep-16 22:34:49

My mum always said that Jack was a pet form of James, from Jacobus, I suppose, so it often seems odd to me that people associate it with John. I wouldn't bat an eyelid at siblings with these two names but I realise I'm vastly in the minority.

RiverTam Thu 01-Sep-16 22:36:31

Well, given that Mr Maynard was a John nn Jack, I think he absolutely has to now to your better judgement, no? grin

RiverTam Thu 01-Sep-16 22:36:37

Bow to

HarrietVane99 Thu 01-Sep-16 22:37:21

Mrs Joey Maynard, you must recall that your husband Dr Maynard was a John who was always known as Jack! I think there'd be far too much scope for confusion, with people thinking John was Jack, or that Jack was really John.

HarrietVane99 Thu 01-Sep-16 22:38:02

X post, River Tam!

FATEdestiny Thu 01-Sep-16 22:39:00

If you like traditional names, I think David is in need of a revival. It seems to have lost its main-stream status. Dave or Davey nicknames, fantastic name.

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