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Baby names - how much alliteration is too much?

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LazyLinePainterJane Tue 19-Aug-08 20:25:30

We have a DS, whose name is a J name. Am expecting DD, and after mucho mucho fighting, we are starting to come to some sort of compromise with regard to names.

However, our pre-decided and much loved middle name for DD is a J name and we do not want to change it, AND one of the names we actually (finally) agree on as a first name is also a J name.

It is too much to have a DD with alliterative first and middle names, even though I find that middle names seem to be largely irrelevant these days. And, the J and J with regard to DS and DD. I really never wanted to have this, but now this name comes up...

Is it too much? Both DH and I are unsure.


KristinaM Tue 19-Aug-08 20:27:26

you need to tell us the names so we can decide smile

skidoodle Tue 19-Aug-08 20:29:39

Middle names are only really so you can name your child after someone without having to call them something you don't like, so who cares if both names start with J? They don't have to go.

Also, what difference does it make if both your children have names starting with the same name?

I'd say just go for it.

pointydog Tue 19-Aug-08 20:40:28

Pesonally, I wouldn't go for both ds and dd having a name beginning with J. S'ok about the middle one,

reginaphilangy Tue 19-Aug-08 20:42:13

Go with whichever name(s) you like best, regardless of initial letters and alliteration. You'll regret it if you don't.

2point4kids Tue 19-Aug-08 20:47:53

Middle name and first name being both J doesnt matter in the slightest imo
DD and DS having both J names really depends on the names I think.
Jane and John sound too similar on top of both being J names.
Jack and Joanne sound fine together though.

My first choice name for DS2 was Dexter. We wanted Douglas as a middle name after DH Grandad and our surname starts with D too!
I did change my mind at the last minute due to too many D's!

hana Tue 19-Aug-08 20:52:10

dd2 and dd3 have the same initial for first name, and so do I. If I had to do it again, I would not have done this! Too many 'x's' !!!!

LazyLinePainterJane Tue 19-Aug-08 20:54:04

Hmmm, well, my gut feeling is that the middle and first name alliteration doesn't matter as much as the brother sister alliteration.

I agree with you 2.4, about some names being better. OK, so DS is Jake and we are looking at Josephine. What's the damage verdict?

And LOL at DDD!!! grin

LazyLinePainterJane Tue 19-Aug-08 20:58:35

And, Ds's initials are JPP and this will mean DD would be JJP. I think this doesn't matter. DH insists I put it to the MN jury grin

2point4kids Tue 19-Aug-08 21:00:14

Jake and Josephine sound fine together to me smile
Josephine is likely to shortened I should think, but Josie sounds ok with Jake too (better than Jake and Jo although that isnt to terrible either)

I like Josephine, its a lovely name.
What will her middle name be? <nosy>

LazyLinePainterJane Tue 19-Aug-08 21:14:10

Am unsure of saying as don't want anyone to disparage it grin, but I can take is Juno.

She would likely be shortened to Josie, Joey or Posey, not Jo until she was old enough to overrule us, by which time no-one will care that her and her brother have the same initial, no?

LazyLinePainterJane Tue 19-Aug-08 21:56:11


glucose Tue 19-Aug-08 22:04:10

please can someone fill me in on what alliteration means?

LazyLinePainterJane Tue 19-Aug-08 22:06:31

Multiple names (words) with the same starting letter, glucose smile

DisplacementActivity Tue 19-Aug-08 22:12:13

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glucose Tue 19-Aug-08 22:26:27

Oh that is intresting I didn't realise this had a special word!
Me, dh & FIL are all R
DD, MIL & BIL all P

I am one of three girls we were always being caled the wrong name, (all very different names) This is much worse for the individual.

Rhyming names are a bit worrying Posey and Rosie or something similar would be awful.

MadBadandDangeroustoKnow Tue 19-Aug-08 22:34:24

I'm a big fan of alliteration, thanks to Milly Molly Mandy. I deliberately double-barrelled my name when I got married so that my initials would be XQXX - well that's the pattern anyway - so I'm generally known as X_ X_ X_. My daughter's initials are DDYXX. One of my stuffier colleagues wrinkled her nose and said 'two sets of alliteration?' in a Lady Bracknellish way, but nobody else has ever commented, although some people have raised an eyebrow at how many names we've saddled her with!

Not sure whether that helps ...

glucose Tue 19-Aug-08 22:41:56

MadBad, that would be

Millicent Margaret Amanda to give her full title.
Do you think Little Friend Susan was LFS?

MadBadandDangeroustoKnow Tue 19-Aug-08 22:50:02

Yes, I know she wasn't christened Milly Molly Mandy but that was the name that made the impression on me.

Don't understand the question, though [tired and dim emoticon]!

LynetteScavo Tue 19-Aug-08 22:59:18

I come form a family full of J's, (apart frmon one of us) Never caused a problem. I even gave DS1 a J name. smile

I don't see a problem.

2point4kids Wed 20-Aug-08 07:37:01

I think it honestly sounds fine.
Juno is great too smile

Go for it!

LazyLinePainterJane Wed 20-Aug-08 08:56:28

Well, thanks all! I think we are one step closer to a decision (until someone changes their mind grin)

You do have a lot of alliteration, glucose grinFortunately, DH and I have different initials completely in terms of first and middle names so no matchy matchy there...


bikerunski Wed 20-Aug-08 09:19:31

I love alliterative names. Am conidering Kirsten Cooper.

clairebear88 Wed 20-Aug-08 11:40:46


I think Jake and Josie sounds great.
me and my brother have the same initials and sometimes i think it sounds better if you have 2 children with the same first initial as it can tend to flow easier.
we are claire and chris.

spotty26 Wed 20-Aug-08 17:31:27

I have this problem too. DS is Hugh and we are expecting another, not sure whether boy or girl but the frontrunner girl's name is Harriet.

It is not a deliberate use of H's just coincidental but the cutesyness of H and H puts me off the consensus seems to be that it's okay?? Or was it just because Jake and Josephine goes well?

Thoughts please...


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