Thoughts on Joshua and Joseph for twins?

(39 Posts)
Tom1989 Fri 31-Jul-20 10:12:29

Shortened to Josh and Joe. What do people think of this? Thanks smile

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Feralkidsatthecampsite Fri 31-Jul-20 10:14:09

Bit matchy matchy. Ds has friends called Josh and Kai..

HeddaGarbled Fri 31-Jul-20 10:14:25

I like 🙂

MynameisHappind Fri 31-Jul-20 10:21:55

I like them individually but they sound too jo and jo.
Joseph and William, Isaac, Matthew
Joshua and Albert, Zachary, Noah

ToLongNow Fri 31-Jul-20 10:22:51

Bit to similar.

They would be Jo and Jo

Deardonkey Fri 31-Jul-20 10:23:04

Both fantastic names but too similar together.

PotteringAlong Fri 31-Jul-20 10:25:23

No. Too matchy matchy and, at some point, post will arrive for mr J surname and you won’t know who it’s for, which is a small thing but really really annoying.

bellinisurge Fri 31-Jul-20 10:27:02

I know twins with this name set.

TippledPink Fri 31-Jul-20 10:28:58

I don't see a problem with it- my son is Joshua and I am Joanna- it didn't even cross my mind that his name was similar to mine but someone did mention it once. To me they are different names. You would not shorten Josh to Jo.

Yesyoudoknowme Fri 31-Jul-20 10:32:01

It's good - as pp said you don't shorten Joshua to Joe. I have a son with one of those names and it isn't shortened at all - so it's not a foregone conclusion...

TheCraicDealer Fri 31-Jul-20 10:34:12

No I wouldn't do it. I'm a twin and it wouldn't like to share a first initial as well as a birthday, surname, address, etc. It's too matchy matchy, like you're hammering home the point that they're twins. Nightmare with post as well.

If you like Joe, what about Ivo?

Sk1nnyB1tch Fri 31-Jul-20 10:35:48

I like both the names and they don't clash, I've never heard Joshua being shortened to Jo either. I know one who as an adult is still called Yoshi though smile But you can't predict what characters will be around in your childs primary school days and how this might give them a nickname!

Spirael Fri 31-Jul-20 10:40:19

A view from a software developer: They'll have issues with having the same birthday, same initial, same surname, same address and similar format first names (length and sharing 4 of 6 characters). Automated fuzzy matching processes will assume they are one person and merge their accounts/histories together.

SleepingStandingUp Fri 31-Jul-20 10:40:29

I wouldn't for the same of post, records etc that are initial, surname and dob related.
Both nice, but I'd sun for their own letter

CornedBeef451 Fri 31-Jul-20 10:46:06

Nope. Lovely names but they will cause confusion on every database they are ever on including the NHS and whatever your LEA uses for schools data.

XFPW Fri 31-Jul-20 10:47:09

(FWIW I know 2 Joshuas who go by Joe.)

Aside from that however, I do think they are a little too matchy matchy. I have identical twin girls and before we knew they were both girls (before anyone comments - they were DCDA twins so no evidence they were identical until we had DNA testing done post birth) we had picked names for 2 boys and a boy & a girl.

Our boys names both started with E and we had so many reservations about that. We stuck on them in the end because they were still very distinct names and would never have been shortened to anything like each other. (In fact - in the shortened versions only one started with E as the other name would have taken the second half of the name.)

Our favourite girls name alongside our favourite boys name was more problematic though as they both had the same ending when shortened and we really ummed and ahhed about it.

I have 4 DC, and without a doubt, the twins names are said together more than any other. I do think 2 matchy names would be a pain in the ass. My two are ID and best friends. They choose to be in the same class at school, have the same friend group and often like to coordinate their outfits (although I think this is more a girl thing than a twin thing), but their distinct names mean a lot to them. I do think it would be harder to form distinct identities with such similar names.

(I do recognise the problem though as we really debated giving up one of our favoured names if we’d had one of each, as the names just didn’t work together. And fwiw - I love both Joshua and Joseph!)

LetsHearItForTheBuoy Fri 31-Jul-20 10:50:58

Ahh these names are fab twin names

Holyrivolli Fri 31-Jul-20 10:54:49

Such a daft thing to do. You’ll have two children with the same initial, surname, date of birth living at the same address and going to the same school etc.

Give them a bit of individuality and avoid matchy matchy names.

CaptainMyCaptain Fri 31-Jul-20 10:57:14

I wouldn't do it, it will be confusing later when they receive mail, official forms etc. I taught a pair of twins whose names were so similar County Offices phoned school to check if the name had been put on the roll twice in error.

I think it also takes away their individuality as people a bit. Friends will probably get their names mixed up (tbf this can happen anyway).

1990shopefulftm Fri 31-Jul-20 10:57:34

How about a different name beginning with J? DH is Joshua and it's always shorted to josh , we re thinking of naming our son Jack so it ll be similar but with their middle name their intials will be different.

FluffyEggsontoast Fri 31-Jul-20 11:04:10

Really great combination
The names compliment each other well but aren't too matchy matchy

NeedToKnow101 Fri 31-Jul-20 11:04:31

Too similar

OwlBasket Fri 31-Jul-20 11:05:54

I used to babysit for a family with children called Jo, Jake, Josh and Jordan. It was fecking nightmare - they were ‘good’ kids but calling for one of the 4 in a rushed or emergency situation was impossible. It used to go “j,j,j, aargh. NO. Stop” awful.

daisypond Fri 31-Jul-20 11:07:10

I wouldn’t.

VinoOlive Fri 31-Jul-20 11:12:05

I just wouldn't have same initial. They'd both be Master/Mr J Surname. Could get confusing for letters etc.

The names themselves are fine though.

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