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BookishZen Sun 22-Nov-20 19:08:06

I love the name Emily for future DD but my name is Emma and I don’t know if it matters that they are similar. Is this only an issue with siblings?

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shouldbedoinglaundry Sun 22-Nov-20 19:11:07

I think it's okay. Siblings would be a no go though

Pinkypink Sun 22-Nov-20 19:11:30

I personally wouldn't but I don't think it's terrible.
What about Millie instead?

ApolloandDaphne Sun 22-Nov-20 19:12:27

That would be fine. My DD1 and I have slightly similar names. They are both derivatives of the same name. No-one has ever mentioned it.

Marlena1 Sun 22-Nov-20 19:12:40

I think it's fine. I would do it. As you say, not with siblings.

KittenCalledBob Sun 22-Nov-20 19:12:44

It’s up to you, but personally I wouldn’t do this. I’d feel silly walking into baby groups and saying “I’m Emma and this is Emily”.

Littlemissnutcracker Sun 22-Nov-20 19:13:22

Totally fine as mother and daughter

M0rT Sun 22-Nov-20 19:15:41

I think it's fine, as long as you are Emma and not Em to most people.
The ending sound is completely different.

BackforGood Sun 22-Nov-20 19:20:50

I'm with Kitten

It wouldn't be as bad as siblings, but I think it's a bit daft, considering there are gazillions of names out there. I also think it will be a bit confusing for your parents / PiLs, and your siblings and anyone else who is likely to end up knowing you both very well.

AntiHop Sun 22-Nov-20 19:23:16

I think it's a bit silly.

Nell96 Sun 22-Nov-20 19:45:01

It wouldn't be terrible, but I tend to agree with @KittenCalledBob. Have you thought about Amelia? Similar sound but would work better I think. Or Camilla / Camille, nn Milly.

Norah8 Sun 22-Nov-20 19:50:22

it's fine. go for it you'd regret not using it I think

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 22-Nov-20 19:52:43

I wouldn't do it. I shared my first initial with my DF and that caused enough confusion.

Do you every get called Em because your DD will almost certainly get called this too.

StripyTigerTail Sun 22-Nov-20 19:58:33

Hmmmm no, I wouldn't do this myself and think if I met a mum and baby called Emma and Emily it might get a little confusing?

That said, not the end of the world and the people who matter will get used to it.

IamnotwhouthinkIam Sun 22-Nov-20 20:08:20

I think you can just about get away with it for Mum and Daughter as the end sounds are different enough - but she will have to be known by her full name or Milly (if either of you get Em/Emmie it would be confusing!)

mogtheexcellent Sun 22-Nov-20 20:19:40

Why not. Plenty of kids out there named after their dads!

I know a mum emma and her Dd has it as a middle name.

StripyTigerTail Sun 22-Nov-20 20:56:07

Oh God, no I wouldn't name a son after DH either! But yes, people do it. In Scotland, I remember a colleague having a baby called Iain Harry or something, but she called him Harry day to day. The Iain part was some longstanding family tradition apparently. Not my cup of tea at all, but yes people do it.

Pops55 Sun 22-Nov-20 20:59:18

I know an Emma who called her daughter Emily, not an issue at all.

bluerad Sun 22-Nov-20 21:00:07

I knew a Louise who called her daughter Eloise. Thought that was very odd

Brighterthansunflowers Sun 22-Nov-20 21:39:17

I think it’s weird and kind of ego centric to pretty much name your child after yourself.

I think the same when men do it as well before anyone mentions that.

BookishZen Sun 22-Nov-20 22:13:11

I’m always Emma, our family has never shortened names so would always use full names.

Thanks everyone so far, it’s interesting that it’s so divided. I was thinking the same thing that there are so many sons with the same name as their dads.

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GooseberryTart Sun 22-Nov-20 22:17:22

I think it sounds absolutely fine and wouldn’t have a problem with it.

MercyBodle Sun 22-Nov-20 22:35:33

I don't see it as a problem at all.

grapewine Sun 22-Nov-20 22:38:12

I can't see the issue. I'd do it.

rosy71 Sun 22-Nov-20 22:38:29

I don't see it as a problem. In fact, it's quite nice. If ds1 had been a girl, he was going to be called Rosie, which can be a short version of my name.

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