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What are your thoughts on having two DS's with the same initial?

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hairymcleary Sat 20-Sep-08 04:00:50

is it too confusing... or is it really handy because you save on name tags?!!

cikecaka Sat 20-Sep-08 09:24:03

I have 2 DC beginning with the same letter 'C' and 2 DC beginning with the letter 'K'. I dont find it confusing at all.

belgo Sat 20-Sep-08 09:25:31

I have the same initial as dd1; dh has the same initial as dd2. We didn't plan it that way, but it's so hard choosing a name that fits our strict criteria that we didn't have that much choice in the end.

gladbag Sat 20-Sep-08 09:41:05

It can get confusing when they are older, and post comes to the house saying "Mr. A McCleary" and you don't know which ds it's for (talking teenagers and older here). Otherwise, not a problem!

AbbeyA Sat 20-Sep-08 09:42:31

I wouldn't because it makes opening post difficult.

OooWowOooArr Sat 20-Sep-08 09:44:55

Think it's fine.

FAQ Sat 20-Sep-08 09:49:50

I think it depends whether they have a different middle initial.

my DS's initials are


all "official" things (that they may get letters through about) we put both their first names on - so far no problems.

nuthacuppatea Sat 20-Sep-08 09:50:24

Apart from the opening post problem , which I'm sure can be overcome by using middle initial as well, I don't see a problem. When choosing a name for DD3 I automatically started to think of names with same initial just because they seemed to roll off the tongue better. Don't think it matters. Except for one of the parents at school who has 7 children beginning with the letter T. Everyone always talks about it and tries to recite them all in order like a test!Quite fun actually. Of course she is going for 'T'en altogether so I've heard!

hatrick Sat 20-Sep-08 09:53:21

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AbbeyA Sat 20-Sep-08 10:10:15

My DSs get letters that only ever have the first initial, official as well as private,despite the fact they have middle names.You might not mind but I would have hated to have a sister opening my post by accident.

GruffaloSoldier Sun 21-Sep-08 21:30:00

Me and my sister have the same initial and it was never a problem with post etc. Personally I think if its a name you love then go for it! Me and DH have same initials too and one of our front runners for our girls names is the same initial but we both love it and it is hard to get a name we both love therefore anything minor like post is not an issue.

Hulababy Sun 21-Sep-08 21:33:13

Can't see it being a real issue TBH. DH and BIL have same iniial; they never had any problems when growing up together. Have known this to be case in a few families TBH.

UniversallyChallenged Sun 21-Sep-08 21:38:29

Handy re the name tags grin, but a bit cheesey I think.

3 of mine have different initials, but the last 2 have the same and it's a pain when you are calling their names/letters come/ people remembering which one is which etc esp as they are like twins anyway. Have often wished I hadnt called them similar names

minkersmum Sun 21-Sep-08 21:41:10

My son is fergus and most of the other boy names we like start with f too. Just had another baby 4 days ago and if she had been a boy she'd have been Fyfe.

As she was a girl she remains nameless... so hard to choose!!

I'd say go for it, loving the name is the only thing that matters!

cat64 Sun 21-Sep-08 21:49:20

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funnypeculiar Sun 21-Sep-08 21:54:30

I have the same first letter as my father & sister. My two brothers also have the same first letter. No-one ever opened the wrong post.
For that reason, I wasn't worried about my two dcs having the same initial smile

noonki Sun 21-Sep-08 22:05:05

thought everyone would say how twee, we have three of the same inital, no probs as yet apart from post

only reason they are the same is that we loved the names

sometimes I feel a bit like a nursery rhyme when I say their names and get them mixed up

mind you I call DH the same name as the dog so heyho!

lou031205 Sun 21-Sep-08 22:12:51

We avoided it, because my BIL moved out of his parent's house, and couldn't have his mail forwarded, because he had the intitials DAV and so did his father! There was no way to tell whose was whose unless you opened it, and most post used just initials.

Because of that, with DD2 we would not choose any name with M or L as a first name for a girl, or B for a first name with a boy.

This time (due in April) we will not choose a name with M, L, or J for a girl, or B for a boy.

minkersmum Sun 21-Sep-08 22:18:50

Surely the mail problem is easily solved by always using a middle name or initial whenever u write the name. I can't see the mail thing being too big an issue. I know loads of sibling sets with the same initial. Hardly a big problem surely??

slightlyharried Sun 21-Sep-08 22:57:27

it's a bit twee - but resentment can creep in - don't know if its just my older sibling has resentment aobut most things in the family but they ahve same initials as my mother and feels scarred about it - post, life, most things - think it's the comparison thing too ... and it's not just you reciting the names - my siblings and i all share the same sounding name and we get a certain amount of ribbing about it - but when calling for one its more than likely they'll all run into each other anyway - and lets face it any parent is going to scar their child somehow ... so i think this is scarring lite..!!! wink

LuLuBai Mon 22-Sep-08 09:48:11

At my school there were lots of sets of siblings with identical initials (first and middle names). Some people seem to have a family tradition of it. Certainly would save on name tapes (although at my school we also had to have our house and school number on the name tape - took ages to sew them on!)

I also saw some programme about an American family with 17 children - all beginning with J.

Peachy Mon 22-Sep-08 09:52:49

I have 3 starting with S and one tha doesn't- no plan, just the names we like combined with an odd surname that limits choices

its ok. teach them to give their middle initial in addresses as tey get older.

Our school Head sad after ds54 was born

'Goodness, all letter S, you must like it!'

AIBU to think a Head should be able to spell Harold? wink

cat64 Tue 23-Sep-08 15:44:57

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Idobelieveinfairies Tue 23-Sep-08 15:49:41

I have 2 dc that begin with K and 2 that begin with C..not confusing yet. ds and dp have the same first and second name initial (and surname)...i can see this being a problem when ds starts getting his own letters!

didn't think of any of this when choosing names.

MadameCastafiore Tue 23-Sep-08 15:51:18

Reminds me of Mark, Michelle and Martin in Eastenders so I would never do it - that sort of makes it Naff in my book - Pauline Fowleresque!

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