(Closed) "Matching" family names

posted 8 years ago in Family
Post # 17
7800 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I absolutely was against this sort of cutesy naming. DH’s cousin and her DH have the same initials, and they named all their children J names so they would have the same initials, too. I think it’s just ridiculous. Our children all have different names, beginning with different letters. I also favoured the names Ian, Owen and Aaron for a boy, but there was no way we could have used more than one of them; they’re just too similar. Then again, I am pretty old-school when it comes to names, and I prefer traditional (with traditional spellings) names. My mom was a teacher and saw the most amazing (and horrible) names come through her classroom, that I always swore I’d rather be boring than “unique”!

Post # 18
2041 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have an aunt and uncle that have an L last name then named all 4 of their kids with L names. So. Annoying. I know a family where dad’s name starts with E, mom’s with an S, first daughter’s with an E, second daughter’s with an S, and last daughter’s…you guessed it…an E. It’s all so twee.


Post # 19
2737 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I sort of think it’s adorable, but I probably wouldn’t do it, lol. My cousin’s kids’ names all end in -ee or -i except the youngest one–I feel a little bad for that one!!

Post # 20
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I think in some cases this fine, like it the names don’t sound really similar (like Mitchell and Margaret). I find that the people who insist on naming their children names that don’t traditionally begin with a K and spelling them with a K are the worst offenders of the same first letter theme. I know a Karleigh & Karter and a Khloe & Kaybren and I think it’s pretty awful. 

Post # 21
762 posts
Busy bee

Ours all start with a C. Actually DH is Chis and Im Christina. both of our kids have C names 🙂

Post # 22
504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m trying to avoid names that match, but they will sound like they belong together, because all the names I like are classic and traditional. But I want to avoid names that sound similar, rhyme, or begin with the same letter.

I think two siblings with matching names is okay, but more than that is too much. My husband and his 2 siblings all have the same first initial, and I think it seems too cutesy and contrived. (Although nobody ever mixed up their names growing up.) If my first two kids happen to have the same first initial, that would be okay, but I’ll be sure to pick a different one for the third kid.

Post # 23
28 posts

My sister’s boyfriends family does the whole matchy-matchy names. It’s kind of freaky. Even freakier is that it’s the ENTIRE family. Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, extended relatives… all with the same letter. I thanked my lucky stars when my sis decided to break the tradition and name her child (who’s fathered by the boyfriend) something other than that letter. I mean, I’m all for tradition but holy cow. Too many J’s.

Post # 24
636 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

FH and I are S & S but will not name our kids S names if we have them. 

Post # 25
9631 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

@cirk:  I put this on another thread, but I’m serious about it, lol. My FI’s middle name is Jay, my middle name is Kay, and if we have daughters their middle names will be “Elle” and “Emme” 😉 

Post # 26
1682 posts
Bumble bee

My SO has matchy matchy names (he, his parents, and all of his siblings all have names starting with the same letter) and I HATE it. I told him we were absolutely under no circumstances following the trend. 

Post # 27
6297 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@excitedtobeMRSF:  Ha! This is totally what happened to my friend! She had her first, a boy, and gave him a G name. Then she had her second, another boy, and the name she loved was also a G name so they went with it. Then she had a suprprise baby #3, also a boy, and picked a G name because she said she didn’t want him to feel left out! Mom and dad both do NOT have G names though. 🙂

Post # 28
1626 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@cirk:  Alliteration really bothers me in names. I would never do that. I knew a family with 4 daughters, all A names (Amanda, Alicia, Alliyah, Adella), bothered the hell out of me have them all start and end with a schwa. 

It makes me sad, though, my favorite girl name and FI’s last name both start with [r], so I can’t use it. 

Post # 29
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@cirk:  Lol! Sounds like my mom. My sister and I do not have matching names at all and she still calls us “Britt-Lys” and “Lys-Britt”.

My grandma and great-grandma are worse though calling me “Shell-Lee-Britt-Lys” all the time.

I couldn’t imagine if we had matching names in my family. It would probably make things 10x worse.  

Post # 30
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

The name I intend for a daughter would mean that we share the same first and last initials, but different initials for the middle names. However, my husband’s name begins with a different letter. If we DID have the same initials between us, I’d probably be reluctant to give it to my kid.

Post # 31
7941 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@cirk:  Nope, it drives me slightly bonkers. I’ll tell you why.

Growing up we had a part of the family with a last name that began with B. So they named ALL their kids B names and the mom went by a B nickname. In other words they were all BB. Some of the names were ridiculous like Bo and Biffy. Not even kidding.

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