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Fallen in love with a name but its similar to our surname

(18 Posts)
DixieExter Sun 16-Oct-16 08:28:57

The name and our surname start with the same three letters and both are two syllables long. Think along the lines of Carson Carter, Laila Maison etc.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 16-Oct-16 08:30:33

I wouldnt use it. I always think david Davies' etc sound ridiculous. There are thousands of names to chose from.

FreshHorizons Sun 16-Oct-16 08:30:54

We all have to make compromises on names!
Rule it out.

ChittyBB Sun 16-Oct-16 08:36:47

I like names like that. In Greece is a tradition to mirror your last name with your first name.

David Davis is a much nicer and more memorable name than John Davis.

JunebabyT Sun 16-Oct-16 08:45:16

I think the only way you can probably get away with it is put it as a first middle name so it's sandwiched by other names and not next to the surname.

Eg Thomas Carson Lucas Carter

I love the name Charlotte but it rhymes with our surname so I am tempted to stick it in using the above method!

raviolidreaming Sun 16-Oct-16 08:48:24

In Greece is a tradition to mirror your last name with your first name

The tradition in Greece is to name after grandparents - paternal than maternal. I am Greek and have never heard of mirroring first and last names?

hollyisalovelyname Sun 16-Oct-16 08:50:02

As in
Conor O' Connor
Brian O' Brien
Carol O' Carroll
Shay O'Shea
Neil O' Neill

Coconutty Sun 16-Oct-16 08:58:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

chattygranny Sun 16-Oct-16 09:13:09

Ravioli my Sisters husband is Greek and his name is exactly like that. First 5 letters of his first and surname the same. Like Magnus Magnusson (who was Icelandic I think). Maybe it's regional? He's from Peloponnese. It's traditional in Wales too OH has John John in his family tree and I think in Scotland(?) Donald McDonald anyone? I think it can sound nice.

raviolidreaming Sun 16-Oct-16 10:31:18

I wonder if it is regional then? Although, if many generations ago that was the name given on your BIL's paternal side then that name would keep going when named after GPs - so it could be a bit of both now!

raviolidreaming Sun 16-Oct-16 10:32:43

Sorry OP, in answer to your post - I think it can sound good but very dependent on the names.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Sun 16-Oct-16 10:36:44

My brother has this and he likes it, though my friends at school thought I had made him up as nobody would be that cruel!

ChittyBB Sun 16-Oct-16 14:37:37

Ravioli - maybe it's not a Greek tradition then but it happens a lot. At uni I knew several Greek guys with echo names including my fav: Constantinos Constantinopolous!

BarInSpace Sun 16-Oct-16 14:46:48

Personally I'd go for something less matchy.

Flingmoo Sun 16-Oct-16 14:55:50

Argh I made a thread here about this exact same issue last year and I still haven't decided.

Our favourite girls name half-rhymes AND alliterates with our surname. I like the name but I think it would leave her open to ridicule. DH disagrees, he thinks it's fine to call her that!

The name is Ellie and the surname is something a bit like Engley. So imagine an Ellie Engley. I'm worried she'd get "Ellie the elephant" and so on. sad

sycamore54321 Mon 17-Oct-16 00:10:02

Without knowing the name, all the combos listed here sound a bit cartoonish to me. I know a few people of the Brian O'Brien / Ardal McArdle variety and I don't think any of them like it. You are slightly better if it isn't an exact repetition but I still think most varieties would sound like a comic book - George Jetson or something. I wouldn't want to go through life with a jokey name.

CourtJester Mon 17-Oct-16 12:47:25

I knew a Hollie Holland at school ... I always thought it was slightly ridiculous.

Kione Mon 17-Oct-16 12:56:44

Mamushka My DD's nickname is Ellie, she now asks to go by the longer version tho. It doesn't sound too good with the surname, similar letters, but I don't care as I love the name and everyone comments on it.
Anyway when she was little she got a book about an Ellie the Elephant and she loved it. At nursery they used to call her Ellie Belly or Ellie Welly, she was fine with all this, I think its about sense of humor.
An uncle would call her Ellie Smelly and that was not so welcome but we let her call him similar names too (crap rimes slightly with his name, so he can be Uncle Crap sometimes), not sure how healthy this is but no one takes it seriously.

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