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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2008

    Older son's middle name as younger's first??

    My husband and I are trying to come up with a name for our third son and are having a disagreement. My husband loves the name George and is lobbying hard for it. I like it a lot too and don't have any problem with it other than we've already used it as a middle name for our oldest son, Henry. I say it would be too weird to use it again for a first name for another child, especially since we use Henry's full name often. I, especially, call him Henry George or Henry G a lot. I think it would be confusing and possibly upsetting for Henry to have to share part of his name with the baby.
    My husband thinks that I'm overthinking it and that its not a big deal. In his family, I guess it isn't, since his father's middle name is his father's brother's (my husband's uncle's) first name!
    Thoughts? Am I overreacting? Any thoughts on how to resolve this issue? (I have already suggested names that I feel are similar to George and my husband hasn't liked any of them...sigh!)
    Thanks so much!

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Boston, MA
    I feel like families have done this historically, and maybe do in some cultures... But I am with you! He loves it, and it's not good enough that he used it for his first son? I think this one deserves his own name...
    Esme Cordelia | Fiona Elspeth | Gwyneth Hazel | Margot Fern | Rosalie Vesper | Sylvie Marigold | Willa Juniper | Zara Felicity
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  3. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    I see your dilema! I love Henry and George too that's why, as tempting as it would be to use Henry George if we have a DS1, I would only use one of the names just incase we everhave a DS2 (although I know I'll be annoyed if we don't use both of them and then never have two boys, argh!) I wouldn't want to be in your situation, it's a tough one isn't it!

    Well our combos are basically Henry James and George Oliver. Does he like James or Oliver at all? Henry George and Oliver James would be super cute!

    I'm with you in that it wouldn't be fair to give your younger your older's mn. Yes DH loves it but you've already used it once! This LO deserves a name all his own

    Some other ideas:

    Charles (nn Charlie)
    Arthur (nn Art or Artie)
    Archibald (nn Archie)
    August (nn Gus)
    Frederick (nn Freddie)
    Theodore (nn Theo/Ted/Teddy)
    Nathaniel/Nathan (nn Nate)
    Jack (I love Jack, I would definitely use it if it wasn't for a horrible association I have personally )
    Harrison (nn Harry - although a bit too close to Henry!)

    Good luck and let us know what you eventually decide!
    Nora ~ Alice ~ Esmé ~ Elise ~ Lucy ~ Fiona ~ Grace ~ Rose ~ Vivienne ~ Evelyn ~ Genevieve

    Henry ~ Patrick ~ George ~ James ~ Oliver ~ Theodore ~ Joseph ~ Lucas ~ Atticus ~ Isaac ~ Thomas

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Midwest, USA
    If you call him by his first and middle often, I probably wouldn't. However, my fiance's parents did this. His little brother has his middle name spelled a different way and as far as I know it has never bothered either of them. I personally wouldn't though.
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    Noelle Iris & Rowan Elias

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  5. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Rainy Land
    Seeing as you call your first son with both his first and middle names quite regularly, I don't think it would be a good idea. I think Henry and Arthur would make a wonderful brother set.
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