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The same initials? Opinions

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Sadiegirl87 · 17/03/2023 04:22

Hi, I posted here a few days back about naming by 2 week old baby Lucy, there was mostly positive feedback and I've pretty much settled on the name. My name is Louise and someone pointed out that we'd have the same initials. This isn't something id even thought about and a few of my friends share initials with their children so didn't feel it was a big deal. What are your thoughts on having the same initials? Also do you think Louise and Lucy are too similar? Ive always liked the name so wasn't phased but now I'm questioning everything before we get her name registered!

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cheeryios · 17/03/2023 04:34

It's really not an issue OP. Why would it be? It'll never be a problem.

Although, my son's initials are VAG and I hadn't a clue until someone on MN mentioned initials years ago and I clocked on Blush

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ApolloandDaphne · 17/03/2023 04:41

My DD1 has a name which means the same as my name and we share an initial. It's never been an issue. She is an adult now and goes by a shortened version of her name.

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crabette · 17/03/2023 05:14

My mum and I share initials - it's no big deal OP.

Most mail is addressed with full name or at least title anyway (Miss L Wilson / Mrs L Wilson) and by the time she's really old enough to have mail being sent just to L Wilson she'll likely have moved out!

It's actually quite useful now in adulthood for us doing favours for each other - collecting parcels etc.

Lucy is lovely. Congratulations!

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carriedout · 17/03/2023 05:21

Not an issue at all.

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category12 · 17/03/2023 05:22

It isn't a big deal.

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Leafblow · 17/03/2023 05:27

Its really fine, I have the same initial as both my parents and one of my siblings. It has never been a problem.
The letters thing will continue to be even less of an issue, I have had no post in the last 6 months because pretty much everything is paperless.
Never got mail confused when I lived at home, medical letters have your full name on.
Lucy is a lovely name and not that similar to Louise.

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Runningslow · 17/03/2023 05:32

Not An issue with my daughter as have
miss and Mrs. Wouldn’t do it if it was another sibling of the same sex though.

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Phoebo · 17/03/2023 05:54

Lucy is a lovely same. My DH and DS have the same initials and I think it's quite lovely

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Cloudy0 · 17/03/2023 06:04

I have the same initial as my dad. It annoyed me growing up, when he occasionally opened my post, but not much comes in the post these days. I have now have given my dc the same initial as me as love her name.

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Sadiegirl87 · 17/03/2023 06:25

Thanks everyone for your responses think I just needed some reassurance!

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IbizaToTheNorfolkBroads · 17/03/2023 07:41

I have always lived with people who share my initials - DBro, DH and DD. At one point my flat ate had the same intitals and similar surname. DH and are are the same first 2 initials and surname!

It was once a small - and easily resolved - problem in about 1980. A problem that now won't exist due to digital banking. So not a problem at all!

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Cincinnatus · 17/03/2023 07:44

I have the same initials as my brother. Never had any problems.

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GoodVibesHere · 17/03/2023 07:45

Lucy is a lovely name so pretty and timeless. It's not a name you hear so often now. I also love Katy it has a similar vibe.

Same initials is not a problem at all, barely any letters are sent by post now, my teenagers never receive post except on their birthday which is obvious it's for them.

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Nimbostratus100 · 17/03/2023 07:47

My friend grew up with the same name as her step mother. The same exact name, and have had for decades, they always managed to work out whose post was whose

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Nimbostratus100 · 17/03/2023 07:48

and many sons have traditionally been named after their fathers, and they seem to manage too - I think just having the same initial will be fine, and shame to change a name you are happy with

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Snugglemonkey · 17/03/2023 07:53

We have neighbours called Peter and Pauline. Their children are Parker, Paddy, Penny and Piper. Does not seem to cause them problems!

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greenkitten2 · 17/03/2023 08:20

It's absolutely fine! I think even for siblings it's not really an issue. (Although I do know brothers who's names both begin with an X, and that seems stranger).

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SummaLuvin · 17/03/2023 10:29

For me, all else being equal I would avoid matching initials, but in a situation where you are struggling to find another name then I would relax that criteria. However, unlike PP, I would find Lucy and Louise too similar, they are both two syllable names with the first being pronounced identically.

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BridieConvert · 17/03/2023 12:54

It's really not a big deal at all. It wouldn't have even crossed my mind to be honest!
I don't share an initial with my mum but our names do rhyme and that can be very annoying if we're both in the same room!

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MajorCarolDanvers · 17/03/2023 12:55

It really does matter.

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Soubriquet · 17/03/2023 12:56

Me and my dd have the same initials MJS.

I deliberately did it. I wanted her to have an M name like me

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Soubriquet · 17/03/2023 12:57

Snugglemonkey · 17/03/2023 07:53

We have neighbours called Peter and Pauline. Their children are Parker, Paddy, Penny and Piper. Does not seem to cause them problems!

Reminds me of my dads cousin

Julie and Jamie, with their children Jordan, Jack and Jodie

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Sadiegirl87 · 17/03/2023 13:02

The similarity of our names isn't even something I had thought about until now but it is something I'm worried about but at the same time I can't find any other names for her that I feel suit and we like! Friends and family think im being mad and the names are different enough to use Lucy so I might just go with it now but thanks for the honesty

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Soubriquet · 17/03/2023 13:13

Lucy is a beautiful name OP. Don’t let small things like this away you

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Sadiegirl87 · 17/03/2023 13:22

Thank you, just feeling a bit anxious about committing to a name which is very different from my DS a few years ago. If she asks I'll tell her I named her after me lol

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