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DS having same name as his Daddy?

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babynumber2onboard Tue 11-Jun-19 16:10:31

We haven't found out what we are having yet, but if we are having a boy, I'd love him to have the same name as his Daddy!

What are people's experiences of the logistics of having father and son with the same name?

DPs name can't be shortened as it only has one syllable, so just wondering how the two could be distinguished if I were telling a story about them etc.


Lavenderblues Tue 11-Jun-19 16:44:38

Isn't the purpose of a name to identify someone?hmm

Giving a child the same name as a parent is not only unimaginative but also confusing!

tiramisu1 Tue 11-Jun-19 16:46:07

so just wondering how the two could be distinguished if I were telling a story about them etc.

I think that answers your own question! No, not a good idea.

Teacakeandalatte Tue 11-Jun-19 16:49:29

This is a tradition in some places but does your dp like it? If so could you change it by adding a y or ie to the end eg Benny or Stevie? Or go American and call him 'Don' Junior.

saraclara Tue 11-Jun-19 16:53:42

There are two cases of this in my wider family. My experience is that it's really confusing. In one case the father and son are John and Young John, to family. To add to the confusion, they worked for the same company.

Walkamileinmyshoesbeforeujudge Tue 11-Jun-19 16:56:00

If you ever split you will have to say his name x xx times a day!

CassianAndor Tue 11-Jun-19 16:57:56


ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 11-Jun-19 17:00:07

I can never understand this. A name should be unique, at least in the family. Middle names are for honouring relatives if yuh want to.

WoahThereMama Tue 11-Jun-19 17:00:17

I don’t know why you’d want to do this tbh. I’d rather give my child its own identity. Use it as a middle name instead?

Pinkyyy Tue 11-Jun-19 17:01:16

It's traditional to do this in my culture. Usually they will be distinguished by calling the younger one (I'll use Joe as an example) Baby/Little Joe, and the older one Big/Old Joe.

iklboo Tue 11-Jun-19 17:01:52

I know a guy whose name is 'John Jones IV' (not his real name but he's the fifth in his family with it). Three are still alive.

SnuggyBuggy Tue 11-Jun-19 17:02:49

As someone with just the same initials as DM I wouldn't recommend it. You won't even have Mrs or Missto help you tell letters apart

Lllot5 Tue 11-Jun-19 17:03:08

Depends what the name is I suppose. I wouldn’t. Not very imaginative.

IHaveBrilloHair Tue 11-Jun-19 17:03:55

No, I don't like it, I always feel a bit sorry for the younger siblings too.

DramaAlpaca Tue 11-Jun-19 17:04:16

This is still quite a popular thing to do in Ireland. I think it's odd myself & we didn't do it.

Ounce Tue 11-Jun-19 17:04:40

Please don’t do this. It’s really confusing. And it’ll make your DP seem like a monster ego.

Pinkyyy Tue 11-Jun-19 17:07:14

Why are people making out it's so confusing? It most definitely isn't.

Thewheelsarefallingoff Tue 11-Jun-19 17:07:38

I'm not a fan of it and I would think it was weird and unimaginative. Are you giving the baby your last name? It would be sensible as you're not married.
What about DP's first or last name as a middle name?

OccasionalNachos Tue 11-Jun-19 17:09:21

It is odd and egotistical. Don’t do it. Middle name if you must.

Cheerybigbottom Tue 11-Jun-19 17:09:48

My brother is named after our dad, and my sister our mum. It's a heckload of confusion and neither sibling is happy with the situation. Big or little is said before their name to identify the elder or younger of the name and although I know it's a family tradition I didn't carry it on. Give it as a middle name.

Theyhaveallbeenused2 Tue 11-Jun-19 17:10:22

Big Jim and little jim

Haworthia Tue 11-Jun-19 17:10:25

It’s seen as pretty old fashioned tbh. And weirdly egotistical, as people have said.

Caspianberg Tue 11-Jun-19 17:12:50

I wouldn't, but is there not a similar name or meaning to dhs if its important?

Chris - Kit
john - jonty
Peter - and use Piers.

Peter for example means 'stone' , so you could use something else with the same meaning such as Stanley, Dustan, Mason. You could look up the meaning of your dhs name

IthinkIsawahairbrushbackthere Tue 11-Jun-19 17:13:54

My husband's family have done this since the 1700's. My father in law was the first to have a second name and he was known by his second name, and the same with my husband. Our son however has the same first name and is known by that. It works well.

singymummy Tue 11-Jun-19 17:15:33

We have a few family members with parent & child same name.

Let's say the name is Jamie

We would say "big Jamie" for the dad
And "little Jamie" for the child (who is now in there late 30s but it still works)

Or boy Jamie and girl Jamie, really not difficult smile

It works fine.

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