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Eleta Tue 15-Jul-08 19:36:34

Son Charles (shorten to Charlie) when dd1 is called Charlotte? I ave a Charlotte and Molly at the mo and we are really struggling with boys names. We both like Charles/Charlie and dd is never called Charlie or shortened at all for that matter. She has always insisted her name is Charlotte. She is 5.5 now so I think it's unlikely that she would start being called Charlie but does it look silly Charlotte, Molly and Charles?

belgo Tue 15-Jul-08 19:37:18

Yes it would be a bit odd. Sorry!

QueenMeabhOfConnaught Tue 15-Jul-08 19:38:37

I wouldn't do it.

NormaStanleyFletcher Tue 15-Jul-08 19:39:21

She will be charlie at some point - guarantee it

don't do it

HumphreyCushioni Tue 15-Jul-08 19:40:16

Would be a bit confusing I think. smile

LongLiveGreenElizabeth Tue 15-Jul-08 19:41:36

It would, sorry. BUT it's been done before, at least once, because I personally know a charlotte and Charles, half brother and sister, same sur name, different MUM, but they live in the same town and when people figure it out they do puzzled faces.

EachPeachPearMum Tue 15-Jul-08 19:42:49

I wouldn't- it's like having Paul and Pauline, though I know some people would!

newgirl Tue 15-Jul-08 19:45:17

def dont do it even if you think lottie and charlie - they will choose their own nicknames - and their mates will - it will just be something you end up explaining all the time - not fair on the kids imo

WinkyWinkola Tue 15-Jul-08 19:47:27

So many boys names out there. Don't call him Charles!

What about:

Frederick (Freddie)

Obviously I'm stabbing in the dark here as I've no idea what kind of names you'd go for. But don't call your son Charles if your dd is called Charlotte. That's like Erica/Eric, Phillippa/Philip.

blithedance Tue 15-Jul-08 19:51:33

My cats are Charlie (Charlotte) and Lottie (Lotus)

No kidding!

What's the appeal of Charles? Royalty theme?

Edward/James/Henry/William/Richard/John/George would also fit that.

flowerybeanbag Tue 15-Jul-08 19:57:00

DD1 is bound to be called Charlie at some point. 5.5 is very young to be so sure about nicknames.

I have a fairly long firstname, I was always called by the whole thing until about 11 or 12, then some of my mates started abbrieviating it, then my family did the same thing. Now most of my friends and family call me by nickname A. Another group of friends spontaneously started calling me a different nickname (B) when I met them in my twenties.

And for work/professional purposes I am the full thing, which obviously bleeds into friends I have from various workplaces.

So I have 3 names, which can be confusing/amusing when groups of friends mix.

But at age 5.5 both myself and my family would have sworn blind that my name was the whole thing and would always be...

beforesunrise Tue 15-Jul-08 20:00:42

not ridicuolous- just a bit lazy :-)

janeite Tue 15-Jul-08 20:04:07

I think it sounds silly, sorry.

kitsmummy Tue 15-Jul-08 20:20:23

I can't see a problem with it whatsoever. I think i'm in the minority though

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AbbeyA Tue 15-Jul-08 20:24:41

It sounds very silly-don't do it!

violetsmile Tue 15-Jul-08 20:27:58

I don't see a problem. All gorgeous names and if Charlotte at some point does want to shorten her name then it can also become 'Lottie' which is lovely too and better for a girl than charlie in my opinion. Go for it!

muggglewump Tue 15-Jul-08 20:35:08

Don't do it!
I made it to 12 without my name being shortened, my brother got to 33 (last year) without his being shortened but it could have happenned much earlier. Now we're called Johnny and Jenny.
Still not a problem as we live at opposite ends of the country and don't keep in touch but it would have been utterly stupid had we both been small and had our names shortened.
No idea if my parents though it through when we were named Jennifer and Jonathan btw

LongLiveGreenElizabeth Tue 15-Jul-08 22:02:43

What happens if they BOTH want to be charlie though?

Doozie Tue 15-Jul-08 22:09:03

Yes, it would be too much. I love both names, but don't do it! People will say you have no imagination.

Tommy Tue 15-Jul-08 22:12:48

my BIL is Stephen and his sister is Stephanie - I've always thought that was a bit hmm

TheRealPhartiphukborlz Tue 15-Jul-08 22:13:31

would charlotte ever be lottie do you think?

Flibbertyjibbet Tue 15-Jul-08 22:23:35

I once knew twins called Paul and Paulette.

What were the parents THINKING??

To OP: It doesn't matter whether your daughter or son or both are ever called charlie. The name Charlotte is the girls version of Charles. So in effect you'd be giving them the same name.

Which is odd.

Would you have an Alexander and Alexandra? Francis and Frances? Simon and Simone?
Cos they are the same thing as a Charles and Charlotte.

tommiles001 Wed 16-Jul-08 07:30:48

Charles is too similar to Charlotte, how about Carl or Karl? Both are variants of Charles, but spell a tad differently from Charlotte.

Botbot Wed 16-Jul-08 08:50:36

I went to school with twins called Charles and Charlotte. I always thought it was a bad idea.

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