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Would it be cruel to call siblings Will and Ben?

(25 Posts)
BottySpottom Thu 06-Aug-09 22:04:36

Don't want too many flowerpot men jokes!

dizzydixies Thu 06-Aug-09 22:07:10

no, perfectly fine imo

if anyone does try to be funny about it just tell them you've no idea what they're talking about and must have been before your time grin

MIAonline Thu 06-Aug-09 22:09:32

Didn't occur to me when I read your thread title. If it bothers you just always say their names the other way around when talking about them. Written down it won't matter anyway.

Like dizzydixies answer to those who dare to say it though grin

fatzak Thu 06-Aug-09 22:10:24

DS is William Benjamin - I thought about it before I named him but have never had any comments!

IsItMeOr Thu 06-Aug-09 22:11:42

Sorry, but DH and I were snorting at this thread title. Personally, I wouldn't.

Surely there are some other nice names you like?

BottySpottom Thu 06-Aug-09 22:17:58

Isitmeor - well if you are, others probably would sad. Bugger.

Ceolas Thu 06-Aug-09 22:26:08

Without snorting I immediately thought of the flowerpot men.

I think cruel would be going a bit far.

Andanotherthing Thu 06-Aug-09 22:34:11

I didn't even twig when I saw the thread title, but then I am sleep deprived!

Is it going to be something you will worry about if you do give those names?

Issy123 Fri 07-Aug-09 10:09:53

I wouldn't.

Houseofpants Fri 07-Aug-09 10:20:25

My dh is Will and son Ben-for siblings I wouldn't do it!

BonsoirAnna Fri 07-Aug-09 10:22:05

I wouldn't do it! It sounds silly, quite apart from being crashingly boring!

notsoteenagemum Fri 07-Aug-09 10:25:55

I didn't get it until I opened the thread.

It's not like you're calling them Peppa and George, the flowerpot men are hardly popular now.

moshie Fri 07-Aug-09 10:31:17

My cousin's children are Will and Ben. Everyone thought it very odd at first but got used to it I suppose.

NoGoodNicknamesLeft Fri 07-Aug-09 10:35:54

they're nice names, i'd never have guessed, but i guess you will get the occasional comment on it - if that's the kind of thing that would bother you, then don't. ben def better than harry though, as famous boy-name pairings go.

sleepwhenidie Fri 07-Aug-09 10:46:57

I didn't get it immediately either, but I remember my DH (being a few years older than me wink) being in absolute pieces when I first told him my grandparents' names were Lil and Ben....I think the reference will be lost on most people under 30 and certainly of your DC's generation so if you like the names, go for it.

BottySpottom Fri 07-Aug-09 12:09:35

I think they are still showing the flower pot men though ...

Why crashingly boring BonsoirA?

jellybeans Fri 07-Aug-09 22:27:54

Too simelar sounding, don't do it!

Concordia Thu 13-Aug-09 00:15:43

i am 35 and it's all lost on me. I don't see why not.

FatFree Thu 13-Aug-09 01:22:31

i have known a will and ben for years and have never ever made the connection. i dont see anything wrong with it at all

schmo Thu 13-Aug-09 10:29:11

I don't see a problem - I didn't make a connection at all and I'm 35. You may find grandparents will comment at first but they'll get used to it!

Issy123 Thu 13-Aug-09 11:06:42

I think it sounds too similar.

deepdarkwood Thu 13-Aug-09 11:09:25

I didn't get it til i read the thread.

Don't think it's aproblem, although I do think they are maybe a bit too similar

chandellina Thu 13-Aug-09 14:45:47

i dont' even know you're talking about but i'm not from these parts originally.

mrsbean78 Thu 13-Aug-09 18:35:46

I don't know either! Can see no issue so it would prob be a few quick jokes at the outset then never heard of again. Their teachers are likely to be too young to know this too! So don't worry!

kitsmummy Thu 13-Aug-09 21:23:47

If you actually had a Bill and Ben that would be silly, but no problem with Will and Ben.

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