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Do sibling names need to "match"?

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Chaffinch4 Sat 30-Sep-17 16:20:38

I posted a thead about Corinne, which is currently top of our list for baby 4. Our other children have unusual ish edwardian names (think Agnes, Ernest, Edith, Mabel etc). Would Corinne stick out too much or does it really not matter?

My head says it doesn't matter but saying them all together, Corinne sounds a bit odd with the others.

MardAsSnails Sat 30-Sep-17 16:24:36

I think they do, to a point.

Not saying you have to be a kardashian with all names starting with K, but for example Persephone, Ptolemy, Atticus and Dave would be weird.

As would Dave, Jim, Sarah and Montgomery.

KadabrasSpoon Sat 30-Sep-17 16:28:34

I don't think they do as they are separate individuals. My DC have names from different cultures and they don't match but they are also very different personalities too.

FABrick Sat 30-Sep-17 16:40:52

I agree with Mard. I think it's better to have them of a similar vein. Not the be all and end all though.

Sophronia Sat 30-Sep-17 16:42:53

I agree with Mard and FABrick.

sirbedevere Sat 30-Sep-17 16:51:42

I have two 'matching' boys names, from one language, and an English girls name. Would have called the 2nd DS any name I liked - more coincidence that I happened to like a name from the same language as DS1 than specifically chosen to match. It's fine - they're all individuals! I know a Chinese family with 5 sibs, 4 with traditional Chinese names and the youngest has the most English name there is.

Lemondrop99 Sat 30-Sep-17 16:54:37

Not particularly. They'll spend most their lives as independent adults rather than a sibling set. I mean, if you had a Pauline, an Arabella and a Lacie-Mae, it might seem a bit strange but not the end of the world. I don't think Corinne sticks out too much from your current children's style of name

NuffSaidSam Sat 30-Sep-17 16:55:02

I agree with Mard too.

They don't need to be matching, but it does sound odd if they are not in the same vein.

I think Corinne would probably blend in ok with Edith and Mabel though.

pipilangstrumpf Sat 30-Sep-17 16:56:53

Your kids are separate people so I personally don’t think names need to ‘match’.
Our kids have names from two different cultures/languages. They don’t match but we love them all!

pipilangstrumpf Sat 30-Sep-17 16:58:36

Why do they have to be of a ‘similar vein’? So no child feels left out? Or to please society’s / others’ expectations?

CountFosco Sat 30-Sep-17 17:22:00

I don't think they need to be matchy match but if one stands out from the others for negative reasons that's not good. So e.g. Alexander, Penelope and John are OK but not 'matching' but Alexander, Penelope and Jeepster is not so great for poor Jeepster.

Memememeandyou Sat 30-Sep-17 17:26:36

Agree with the similar but not matching.

I'd be surprised if siblings Rachel, Hannah and James suddenly had a baby sibling called Jayden or Persephone.

PandaCat Sat 30-Sep-17 17:31:24

I agree with MardAsSnails.

But, I think it's personal preference. Some may not agree. For me I'd just like them to flow nicely, since I will probably be saying them together for a long time. Again that's probably personal preference!

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 30-Sep-17 17:34:11

I know a Patrick; brother Zeus. They both suit their names. The issue is when you have a whole stream of Zeus, Hecate, Jesus... and Fred. Which is what you’re proposing.

BenLui Sat 30-Sep-17 17:36:15

I think Corrine is a lovely name, and sufficiently uncommon as to fit in with Mabel and Agnes.

While I agree with others that Ptolemy and Jack would be surprising for brothers, for most of their lives they will be known as individuals not as a set. None of my colleagues know my sister’s name and not even all of my friends.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 30-Sep-17 17:39:54

Just go with your choice, we are all individuals.

seething1234 Sat 30-Sep-17 17:41:29

No they don't need to match but they really shouldn't clash. My cousin has 2 girls Emma and Gemma which I think is odd. Harry and Beau would be ridiculous. I know of twins; Thomas and Thomasina. So I notice that stuff but not if names match

AdoraBell Sat 30-Sep-17 17:43:38

Similar ish like others have said, but not actually match. I wouldn't want 1 child standing out like sore thumb with a completely different name, but also wouldn't want all DC to feel like one person because of practically no difference in names.

PandorasXbox Sat 30-Sep-17 17:52:52

I think so to a large degree -

James, Henry and Lacie-Mae
Tabitha, Harriet and Kayden
Alice, Oliver and Rylee

Don't look right do they?

MrsFoxPlus4 Sat 30-Sep-17 17:55:14

I never though of names having to match when I had mines.

I have a Layton, Romani, Everley & Stella.

Corrine is lovely.

GreenTulips Sat 30-Sep-17 17:57:59

Connie is a favourite of mine and very similar to your choice

I wouldn't match names either - they aren't a set

minipie Sat 30-Sep-17 17:58:00

I agree with Mard too. Having names that are completely different in style would seem a bit odd.

But I think Corinne fits well enough with your others.

IStoleThisUsername Sat 30-Sep-17 18:16:00

I would have said it doesn't matter, but a woman from my antenatal class recently had twin girls and called them Rebecca and Storm, and it's just, odd.

Chaffinch4 Sat 30-Sep-17 18:42:52

I agree that things like Rebecca and Storm sound odd together, but (outing myself):

Mabel, Leonard, Hester and Corinne?

Dustbunny1900 Sat 30-Sep-17 18:47:06

Those are fine op. Persephone and Nancy or Orpheus and Jayden would be weird, but the ines you mentioned are old fashioned yet more unusual I think they go together. It's also a bit subjective to a point

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