I Love Them Both the Same!
What two pairs of similar names do you love equally?
And why are those the two that inspire the greatest ambivalence?
Are they similar in sound or feel or image?
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on March 29th, 2017 at 11:25 pm
Adair, Blair and Claire
I clearly appreciate the air sound. They also all have a sleek simplicity that I find appealing.
on March 29th, 2017 at 11:57 pm
Tabitha or Sabrina
I wouldn’t necessarily use these names for my kids as I am kind of over them but still to this day, I can’t decide which one I like best! Ha! It gets me every time.
Harlow or Harper
Vivian or Veronica
Madison or Matilda
Olivia or Aliza
on March 30th, 2017 at 1:22 am
Margot and Maisie! I know they don’t sound too much alike, but they’re both Margaret-derivatives, so I would never use both together.
on March 30th, 2017 at 2:57 am
Alessia, Alexa and Alexis
Isla and Skylar
Aisha and Asha
Belle and Bella
Indie and Indigo
Leah and Liesl
Samara and Amara
Isaac, Ezekiel and Zeke
Eli, Elijah, Elias and Elliott
Nate, Nathan and Nathaniel
Beauden, Beau, Noah and Owen
Ezra and Asher
Leo and Louie
Jack and George
Jeremiah and Zachariah
Tobias and Matthias
on March 30th, 2017 at 7:07 am
Daphne and Diana. I can never decide if they are too close to be used together or if they compliment each other!
on March 30th, 2017 at 8:03 am
Winifred and Frederick! I just can’t have both a son and a daughter called Fred!
Also a lot of Mary variations: Marian, Maristella v. Stellamaris, Marigold v. Rosemary. Rosemary is also in a tug of war with Rosamund and Rosalind.
on March 30th, 2017 at 8:09 am
I love almost all the “nic” names, especially Nicholas, Dominic, and Veronica. We ended up choosing Veronica for our second daughter.
For our first daughter’s middle name, we loved Ophelia, Octavia, and Aurelia, which are all pretty similar. Ended up going with Ophelia, but it was a very tough decision.
on March 30th, 2017 at 8:46 am
Jonah vs Jonas
My first inclination is always Jonah, maybe because Jonas Brothers were too popular when I was young. But then I think of The Giver and how soft the final “s” is… can’t decide!
Lyla Rose Said
on March 30th, 2017 at 9:22 am
Mirabelle and Marielle
on March 30th, 2017 at 10:19 am
Alder, Calder, and Adler for boys. For girls, we had a final shortlist for our second of Clara, Mara, and Cora. Looks like I love the sounds of the letters A, D, L, and R! Which makes sense, with my oldest being named Lydia.
on March 30th, 2017 at 11:31 am
Simon and Samuel
Juliet and Juliana
on March 30th, 2017 at 2:31 pm
Poppy + Rosie – both make me think of red flowers.
Maisie + Molly – Both start and end the same. (M and ‘ay’ sound.)
Delilah + Lily – Lily is practically in Delilah.
Alfred + Albert – Al and Al would not work.
Hugh + Hugo – This one’s obvious.
Harry + Henry – Considering Harry is a nickname for Henry, they’re practically the same name.
on March 30th, 2017 at 3:24 pm
Ione and Iona (and Ianthe)
on March 30th, 2017 at 4:13 pm
Between these I like
Otis- I also like Oscar not sure which I like more
on March 30th, 2017 at 4:16 pm
a problem I have is which gender do I like it on more
Otto or Ottoline
on March 30th, 2017 at 4:19 pm
For me these are the main ones. Did not mean to go into so much detail, but it helped me figure some stuff out at least haha.
Sylvie (excitable, non stop energy, mischievous, spontaneous) and Sylvia (more calm and collected, thoughtful, down to earth, and sensible). I really go back and forth between them, so I just put both on my list.
Zenobia (powerful, regal, graceful, responsible, quiet, keeps to herself, very caring and passionate) and Zenovia (more willing to break the rules, can’t sit still, doesn’t listen much, louder, always asks questions directly, talkative). I initially decided I preferred Zenovia, but Zenobia has slowly crept up on me and given a super clear image and feel I’m finding difficult not to love and ignore.
I love Beatrix and Trixie, but since they give pretty much the same image (i.e. I can imagine them being the same person) I wouldn’t mind maybe using Trixie as a nn for Beatrix. Even though I’m normally I big advocate for using full names, and I still have Trixie on my list as a full name too, I really adore both names and it seems a shame not to sometimes use Trixie with Beatrix.
Ida and Ada. I put Ida (EE-duh) on my list simply because it’s less popular and I needed a way to differentiate them to choose, but I’m starting to think I actually prefer how Ada sounds and feels.
Luna, Luna-Fae, Calluna, Lunaria. I’m a big sucker for Luna. They’re all on my list in order of preference, but when it comes down to it, I love them pretty much the same. And bar Calluna, which feels a bit more tomboyish (for want of a better word) they have similar images and feels. All magic, whimsy, and fantasy, which is why I like them so much.
Beatrix and Artemis (kind of). I really love both names, and have gone back and forth a lot with them being possible second hypothetical daughter names. They seem so different in every way (looks, feel, origin) but sound quite similar, with the same ending and stresses. They’re different enough to be on my list of course, but I thought they might even be too similar for siblings, and still do a bit, so I avoid putting them together (though I’m not totally against it). Beatrix probably means a little more to me, but I find her popularity and trendiness (i.e. that it makes her particularly likely to increase in popularity) really difficult to deal with. Whilst Artemis has none of those problems, but just as great an image and the goddess/mythology connection which keeps pulling me in. They sort of solve each other’s cons, but no one name is perfect, and I’m so easily swayed to prefer one over the other depending on the day or even what people say about them.
Arthur and Archie. I love both, even though they’re on my too popular GP list, and Archie does feel a little more youthful, boyish energetic, whilst Arthur is a touch more strong and handsome, but they’re not all that different in my mind. I adore both names, and have thought maybe Arthur nn Archie would work, not that I’d ever use them either way. Similar sounding, but not feeling Artemus has taken top spot in the Ar- name, whilst modern Archer is further down.
Ephraim and Zephram. One letter turns ‘Is this too religious?’ and possible pronunciation differences into a cool sci-fi reference but with an almost identical sound. Ephraim’s one of my favourites, and thanks to a minor character, I can imagine an adorable little Ephraim whose name can grow with him. Despite removing some doubts I have with Ephraim, I’m not sure if Zephram has the same image that made me fall in love with Ephraim. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn’t, so Ephraim and Zephram are another set thar are in limbo at the moment.
Sometimes I just put both on my list (not being anywhere near kids has its perks) but sometimes I really want to choose one or the other, especially if I would actually consider using them (like Ephraim/Zephram) or I feel I’m not liking one as much as I once did.
on March 30th, 2017 at 5:04 pm
Elliot, Eliot, and Elias for a boy, and Eliza for a girl. I love them all but there can be only one!
I also love Lila and Isla and Ivy (clearly I like the long I sound) but I think they’re too close for siblings.
Noelle and Joelle. Colette and Cosette. Julian and Juliet. James and Jamison. Thomas and Thatcher. Rae and Shay. Lily and Lilou.
on March 30th, 2017 at 6:19 pm
Fay and Ray. They both are pretty and Fay reminds me of fairies and moons and Ray reminds me of the sea and the sunshine so they are both beautiful!
on March 30th, 2017 at 7:58 pm
These are amazing! I love the connections you’ve drawn between names
on March 30th, 2017 at 9:26 pm
I keep going back and forth with Innes vs. Ennis and Caius vs. Caian. Sometimes I think one of the names has won, but that never lasts very long. Interestingly, I knew which names I preferred with the examples right away! Maisie, Osias, Beatrice, and Henry.
on March 30th, 2017 at 10:55 pm
For me it often comes down to the full name or nickname question: I LOVE the name Posey, but I also really love Josephine! Go for the full or straight for the name they’re going to use all the time? My full name is Abby and sometimes I was really glad and sometimes I really wished my parents had gone for the full Abigail. I’ve heard others on both sides as well and I’ve found it often boils down to a “you want what you don’t have” type of situation. Similar issues with Hattie/Harriet, Minty/Araminta, Mona/Ramona, Zuzu/Susannah and names that have MANY full names options like Billie (on a girl), Sosie, Essie, Effie, and vice-versa with Wilhelmina, etc., WHICH of all the awesome nicknames do you use?! Some are also gender-bending, like I LOVE Soren for a boy and Seren for a girl.
Some others more related to the question, though:
Pippa/Pippi/Poppy (which also begs the Philippa issue)
Also, @BrittanyBrown, I TOTALLY feel you on the Tabitha/Sabrina issue! Two beautiful names that are too similar to one another!
on March 31st, 2017 at 1:10 am
Nolan, Morgan, Zoe, Rory, Joel, Margo, Roisin: I love that long O sound apparently
Zachary, Natalie, Jeremy, Emily: 3 syllables and ends in -y sound
Audrey, Zoe, Dannie, Natalie, Emily: I love the energy of girl names that end in the -ie/y sound
Zoe, Zachary, Zane, Zorah, Zeke, Zara: love the zippy Z sound
Nolan, Rory, Grady, Shane, Colin, Cameron, Quinn, Callum, Grant: love Irish/Scottish/Celtic/Gaelic names for boys
Kellan, Cameron, Callan, Callum, Quinn: bursting with strong sounds
Cam, Grant, Ty, Quinn, Zane: brisk and strong
on March 31st, 2017 at 3:58 am
I really love the names that mean “love” or “beloved.” I think of them as the Amy names.
In general I seem to be drawn to girls’ names that start and end with “a.” I don’t think I could use more than one, even if the two don’t sound much alike. In addition to the “Amy names,” I love:
I also love French girl names that end with “-ine.” Same thing, I couldn’t use more than one.
Then there are the decisions between two forms of the same name. I go back and forth on all of these.
Mary and Maria
Louise and Louisa
Cecilia and Cecily
Helen and Helena
Julia and Juliana
August and Augustine
Jonah and Jonas
Simon and Simeon
Sebastien and Sebastian
on March 31st, 2017 at 8:51 am
Ida and Ada – I love them both so much, I don’t know how would choose between them
Eve and Eve – considering my love of these names and of Ida and Ada, it’s surprising that I really don’t like Eva or Ava.
There’s quite a lot of names that add an ‘a’ on the end that I struggle to decide which one I prefer. It usually comes down to how I like the flow with whatever middle name I like. For example, Dorothy or Dorothea, Seraphina or Seraphine, Isobel or Isobella, Eleanor or Eleanora.
For boys I really like Zephaniah, Zebediah, Jedidiah and Hezekiah, although it seems unlikely that I’d actually choose one of these names.
Jude and Judah are also very close!
on March 31st, 2017 at 2:14 pm
I feel like I have, LITERALLY, dozens of these, but Isabelle and Adele are by far the worst. 🙁 Aided by the fact that Isabelle is my favorite girls’ name ever, and if any name in the world could replace her as my favorite girls’ name, I think it’d be Adele. 🙁 It breaks my heart that I probably couldn’t have two, especially because I’d want to call them Bella and Della, and that’s just cringe-worthy.
Evangeline/Eva (g) and Everett (b)
Rowan and Rory (b/b)
Eleni and Eleanor
Adele and Audrey (?)
Arianne and Aurora
Olivia and Lillian/Liliana (Liv and Lily?)
Daisy and Poppy and Lily?
Evangeline and Emmeline
Violet and Charlotte and Everett
Isabelle, Lillian, and Eliza
Eleanor and Leonora
Leonora and Leona
Claire and Cara
Eva, Eve, Evangeline, and Genevieve
Amelie, Amelia, and Emilia
Emilia, Emmeline, and Emmanuelle
Adele, Adeline, and Adelaide “Daisy”
Eleni and Helena
Grant (b) and Grace (g)
Samuel and Sampson/Samson
Lila and Isla
Reuben and Benjamin
And that’s just what I’ve whittled my list down to, for the most part–I’m sure there are hundreds of others that just didn’t make the cut that are very similar to what’s on my current list. Obviously, I have a problem. 🙁
on March 31st, 2017 at 2:15 pm
Ugh, thought of another: Grayson, Hudson, and Emerson! I have a thing for -et, -son, and -iana names. I suppose I could add Liliana, Arianne, and Giovanna to this list, too…
on March 31st, 2017 at 3:20 pm
Oh definitely Edmund and Edward. My fourth son is Edmund and we have definitely considered naming the 5th one Edward just because we love that name so much as well. But in the end we figured that we simply could not do that.
Jasper – Casper
Tobias – Thomas
Samuel – Daniel
Cody – Bodhi
Eaton – Eamon – Easton – Aemon
Zack – Jack
on March 31st, 2017 at 3:57 pm
All of my El- names! Eliza, Eliora, Eloise, Elowen, Elodie, Elsa, Elsie… doesn’t help that I have a sister named Eliana “Ellie” so I already worry if those names are too close to hers.
I like a lot of S names too. Sabrina, Saskia, Seraphina, Saela, Simone. Apart from Seraphina and Sabrina which rhyme, I’d use multiple of these though.
I also love Nolan for a boy and Nola for a girl. I try to justify it by saying that I pronounce Nolan more like NO-lan and Nola like NOLE-uh but they’re still way too close.
Also like Lola and Nola, and try to justify it too (Nola= NOLE-uh, Lola= LOW-luh)
Love Maeve and Mavis but I can’t use both. And I can’t use Maeve as a nickname for Mavis because I don’t see the point (yes, syllable wise Maeve is shorter but it’s the same amount of letters and when you type it out, Maeve actually looks longer). Add Mabel to this list too.
Lyra, Luna, Lila, Lola, Leda, Leia… love two-syllable, 4-letter L girl named that end with A. Thankfully I do have favorites among these.
Marlo and Margo
Not necessarily a sound thing, but I love a lot of names from the PJO/Rick Riordan books… Thalia, Annabeth, Percy, Magnus, Nico, Reyna, Hazel, Piper, Leo, Sadie, Carter, Bianca, Apollo, Jason, and while I’d love to, I don’t think I could use more than a couple.
on March 31st, 2017 at 6:39 pm
Mary, March (m), and Marius come to mind, though Marius is definitely trailing. While I love March the most currently, Mary has been on my list for such a long time that I think she deserves the top spot for longevity’s sake.
I also love several paths to the nickname Kit: Catherine, Christopher, Christian, Patrick.
on March 31st, 2017 at 10:48 pm
Flora & Florence
Maxine & Francine
Evelyn & Evelina
on April 1st, 2017 at 8:24 am
Maeve and Mavis. Gets me every time.
on April 1st, 2017 at 9:19 am
The first thing that comes to mind is Brett. Brett is the only name I like equally on boys and girls. Now, I don’t like it well enough for either gender to use it, so it’s not much of an issue, but it’s an interesting conundrum all the same.
on April 1st, 2017 at 10:51 am
Dorothea, Theodora, and Theodosia
Marietta and Rosemary
Magdalen and Magdalena
on April 1st, 2017 at 11:49 pm
Eliza and Elijah
Eve and Evelyn
Owen and Ronan
on April 2nd, 2017 at 12:43 am
Harry and Carrie
Obviously had to make a choice here apart from them rhyming, the whole harikari thing wouldn’t work!
Had a son and named him Harry and had to leave Carrie out as an option in future?
on April 2nd, 2017 at 4:10 am
Viola and Violetta
Genevieve and Ginevra
Camellia and Cordelia
Talia and Tabitha
Penelope and Persephone
Adia and Acadia
Elias and Eleazar
Eben and Evren
Caspar and Caspian
Anders and Anton
Leif and Lars
Hiram and Hugh
on April 2nd, 2017 at 3:58 pm
Ellis and Elias, I can’t pick a favorite
on April 3rd, 2017 at 9:05 am
E names for girls & boys… Ezra, Eden, Elijah, Everett, Eliana, Emilia, Eloise
A names for girls… Amalia, Avonlea, Adeline, Adelaide
V names… Avonlea, Ivy, Geneva, Evangeline, Haven, Everett, Oliver
Charles & Caroline – I can never decide which I love more but don’t feel like I can use both since they have the same meaning.
Amalia & Emilia
Dashiell & Asher
Caroline & Cordelia
Cordelia & Avonlea – Anne of Green Gables. I go back & forth thinking it’s cute & would be a great connection for twins or thinking it’s too much.
on April 4th, 2017 at 6:45 pm
Agnes and Agatha. Love them both so much.
on April 15th, 2017 at 11:42 pm
Leisl or Louisa
Lorna or Nora or Cliodhna or Thora
Sadie or Maisie
Matilda or Clothilde
Minerva or Ginevra
Roisin (g) or Oisin (b)
Arlo or Alastor
Cliodhna or Clodagh
Cliodhna or Riona
Astrid or Ingrid
Sylvia or Solveig
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