Repeating initials

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Repeating initials
Tue, 07-05-2011 - 7:11pm

Would you repeat first initials

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Tue, 07-05-2011 - 7:43pm
I am a triple repeat and always kind of loved it. AAA are very cool initials I have been told a lot. I would not do that to my kids though because my new last name (and theirs) is a Z I think a fn/ln ZZ combo is tooooo much. I do like some fn/mn combos that repeat too (like your example Eliza Ellen). As for children's name's, no. Well probably not, unless I had a name I really, really loved and had to pick. DS has a J name so the next will not be a J, I don't want a Dugger question ever!
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Wed, 07-06-2011 - 11:11am

I haven't thought about this too much in terms of future babies. However, I have a double initial myself! :) My initials are EEC. I love my double E's and my first and middle names flow so nicely (in my opinion). My Dad also has the middle initial E and my mom and sister's are ACC and SCC. When I was little I thought this was done on purpose - my dad and I EC's and my mom and sister CC's. It was probably just an accident but I always thought it was cool. :)

Looking at my names list I don't really see any repeating initial possibilities ....

ETA: I don't think I would mind 2 siblings with the same initial. I tend to love E and C names. I wouldn't mind a Cole and Claire/Carys/Caroline or a Eleanor/Elle/Emma and Emmett (well, not Emma and Emmett, I see that's not going to work! lol). I think it would start getting weird with a third, fourth, fifth siblings ....


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Wed, 07-06-2011 - 4:10pm
If I love the name enough, that's not gonna matter.
I'll admit I make fun of the Duggers but only because they're trying too hard to keep with the "J" theme!

We named our first DD Allison, last name starts with A. - Her initials are AKA (pretty cool if you ask me haha)

I REALLY like girl names that start with an A and I'm pressing for Avery or Adrienne or Annabelle and if there were a K middle name that I loved I'd be OK with repeating the initial as well, though it wouldn't be ideal (because initialing things to know who's is who's is gonna be difficult enough with two A names! lol)

DH told me - and I agreed - that if we DO choose an A name for the baby I'm currently pregnant with, and we decide to go on to have a third, his or her name will NOT start with an A! lol That would be too much for us.

I'm also OK with using the repeating letter for first and middle - or even going for the triple threat! As long as it sounded good and/or had a meaning behind the choice :)
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Wed, 07-06-2011 - 9:09pm

I grew up with FN/LN double initials and I loved my name.


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Thu, 07-07-2011 - 9:45am
I would try not to repeat initials for siblings. That used to be ok for twinsets, but now I think even that is considered overdone. I think its ok to repeat fn/mn initials. There are SO many awesome names out there, the only reason I would do that is if I had a family name I wanted to use for a mn and it locked me in to a certain initial (as is my case). And for fn/ln...I still wish I could use Griffin Gra-------- for a son. A repeating hard sound like that makes me think of an author's name.
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Thu, 07-14-2011 - 7:50am
Repeating initials for children's names:
I would want to avoid it in the first few, but if my absolute favorites were all a certain initial, it wouldn't stop me. I think it seems weird if the first two are the same, or the second and third, but after that so long as it's not more than 2 in a row I don't think it's a big deal in bigger families--I wouldn't see a problem with Hannah, Peter, Benjamin, John, Judah, and Elizabeth (for example), and certainly not with (say) Susan, Levi, Carol, Adam, and Silas. Two kids I can see repeating; with three kids and no plans for more I would want all 3 different; with four or more I think repeats are fine, but wouldn't want it all the same. If someone does really like a certain initial, and starts out with 3 js, I think when it gets to the point you are thinking of using names you love, but there are names with other initials you love, it's time to break the pattern, even if the child might be the last one.

I would do double initials if those were the best two names IMO. I have double initials and I'm fine with it. The names do need to be different in other ways. One of my top choices used to be Rebecca Ruth, and Rebecca Rose (my sister's name) is certainly a possibility. I don't think there are other double-initial combinations I'm considering, but I'm not averse to them if they happened.

I don't have a problem with repeating first/last initial if I like the name. My last name is a hard C and there aren't really names on my list that start with just a hard K or C. I've had Charity, Christian, Christiana, Christa, Cynthia, and Kezziah on or close to my list, but none are top names for me now. I thought of Camden Charlton C. at one point but I don't think I'd do it especially since Camden for some reason seems to have become a girls' name. I like Constance a bit now, actually, and Connie C. is a bit on the comic-book side, but I don't think it's too awful... if Constance were my favorite name that wouldn't be a dealbreaker.

What tends to be a dealbreaker is when the overall sound is too close in two names (sibling first names, or first and last, or first and middle);
when they are basically the same name (I love Rhoda and Rose; both are family names and I want to use both; but I wouldn't do both as first names, and I wouldn't do Rhoda Rose. But I guess if they were same meaning and different origin--Theodore Nathaniel or somesuch--that'd be okay. Likewise I love John and Jane, but one has to be a middle name at least.)

Names that sound silly (with our occupation name, adjectives describing people are out for fns. Ernest Archer, Abel Shepard, Scarlett Taylor--just doesn't work for me. DH kind of liked Beryl when I mentioned it as a poor choice for us... and it's not really obvious like, say, Cookie Baker.
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Thu, 07-14-2011 - 7:53am
I suppose I'd want to avoid certain initial combos like COC or FUC too.
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Thu, 07-14-2011 - 12:54pm

For me, I probably wouldn't purposely use matching real reason, just not my thing.

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Sun, 07-17-2011 - 3:12pm
My opinion has always been this:
It is just as ridiculous to NOT name your child the name you love because you don't want to repeat an intial as it is to name your child something you don't love simply so they do share an initial.

We are all Js in my family and I am the last one, which speaks volumes to why my parents misspelled my name. I would much rather have a correctly spelled name than have a J name so I wasn't "left out"

When H was 3.5 we were wrapping christmas presents and when I wrote Gs name on one he said, now we need another baby who has a H at the end of their name. I was blown away by how insightful that was, it had never crossed my mind. Knowing that my DHs favorite name ended in H, I tucked that phrase away to process later.
All of you know how much thought and consideration it took to agree to E, you know I simply didn't choose it because of a letter. However, when the time came to choose her name at the hospital, I added it to the list of reasons why E was the perfect name for her.