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WIBU to give DS2 DS1's middle name as his first name?

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BlackTowel · 26/06/2017 23:35

We gave DS1 our favourite names! Blush but are having a DS2! It took ages for me to get pregnant with DS1 and never thought it would happen again, so WIBU?

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ethelfleda · 26/06/2017 23:36

Nope. Not unreasonable Smile

ethelfleda · 26/06/2017 23:37

Certainly not in a world where people name their kids 'bear' anyway!!

GreenTulips · 26/06/2017 23:39

Yes weird - give him his own name

GhoulWithADragonTattoo · 26/06/2017 23:39

I think it's fine if it's something like James or Peter. Might be a bit odd if it's something more unusual but middle names don't get used very often.

haveacupoftea · 26/06/2017 23:40

Bit weird. There must be more than 2 names in the world you like?

dailymailarecunts · 26/06/2017 23:42

My relative did this! His son has the first name of his big sisters middle name (sure that there's an easier way of writing that!)

Lots of raised eyebrows in real life, but the kids like having a shared name.

SuperBeagle · 26/06/2017 23:42

I think it's strange.

He needs his own name and his own identity.

SaucyJack · 26/06/2017 23:42

Only do it if you then give DS2 DS1's first name as a middle name.

In for a penny, yadda yadda.

Ohyesiam · 26/06/2017 23:43

Too odd

HoldMeCloserTonyDanza · 26/06/2017 23:43

I wouldn't. I think he deserves his own name.

OvO · 26/06/2017 23:44

I did!

I gave my DS1 my two favourite boys names and then when my DS2 was born realised what a mistake that had been.

He was un-named for days as we were sure it was Bad Form to use our DS1s middle name for our youngest but everyone we asked said it was fine.

It's also one of my DHs middle names so now they all share a name!

It's never been an issue. My DS1 would argue to the death with his little brother about anything (they're 12 and 9 now) but the middle name thing has never come up.

We added in a new middle name for my DS1 (official, new birth certificate) to make it less of a thing iykwim.

GreenTulips · 26/06/2017 23:44

James Peter and Peter James

Not strange at all (lacks imagination)

James Peter
David Peter

Would be less weird

DustyCropHopper · 26/06/2017 23:50

Friends of mine did it. The name was the dad's mum's maiden name, so they used it as a second name for the son, then when son number 2 came along they decided to use it as his first name. As no one uses a middle name really, only those that know them well know and I think it is fine.

Love51 · 26/06/2017 23:58

Absolutely fine. I know a family who have done this with kids one and three, and kid four has kid two's first name as a middle name. It is lovely.

Don't do what my mum did, though. I've got a really odd first name, never had anything from a tat shop with my name on it. My brothers middle name starts with the same letter as my first name. She bought name labels with his first name, middle initial and surname and cut his first name off to recycle them for me. That's taking hand me downs to the extreme!

allowlsthinkalot · 27/06/2017 00:01

My MIL did exactly that, love51 - and the third child's name labels just had a surname!

thewavesofthesea · 27/06/2017 00:03

My best friend did this. We nearly did it (but then changed our minds when DS2 was born) Not weird at all!

Notknownatthisaddress · 27/06/2017 00:05

I think it's weird. Confused

MrsOverTheRoad · 27/06/2017 00:08

I also think it's not on. Think of another name. You gave the two you liked to DS1....there must be another name you like? Of all the many names, you could think of another.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners · 27/06/2017 00:17

I know sisters called Kerry Ann and Cherie Anna. I think that's far stranger than what you are suggesting.

GreeboIsACutePussPuss · 27/06/2017 00:17

Dbro5 has Dbro2's middle name as a first name and Dbro6 has Dbro4's names just in a different order, but then I think my parents were running out of names to use by then Grin

I don't think anyone has ever really noticed, or if they have they haven't commented.

Floggingmolly · 27/06/2017 00:18

No. A name should be exclusively yours. Within the same family, at least. There's only two of them, use your imagination.

JennaRainbow · 27/06/2017 00:22

I think it's making him an extension of his older brother, less of an individual in his own right.

GreeboIsACutePussPuss · 27/06/2017 00:23

Love51 at least you got an initial on your name tapes, my mum just had our surname on everything, so she never had to change labels between children. DD has some wellies that have been passed down through 8 children before her with the same name label in (they were the ones we kept in school so probably only worn 2/3 times each child)

Rockhopper81 · 27/06/2017 00:25

My cousins have this - Child 1 is 'AB' and Child 2 is 'BC' (C being the fathers name).

I personally think it's a little odd, but the children themselves (now 31 and 28, so no longer children!) don't seem bothered by it. I just remember thinking (as a child) that it was strange that they didn't come up with something 'new' for the second child, what with reusing the first child's middle name and then the fathers name too.

LeMesmer · 27/06/2017 00:27

Does it really matter? Middle names are rarely used I don't even have one , the ultimate Mumsnet sin. it doesn't lack imagination, there are names you like and those you don't. If you only like a couple them for your second zl

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