If you have a shortlist of names from a previous bub, should you use names off that for any future kids?
We had a bunch of names picked out, and ended up going Archie (if he was a girl, he would've started with an A too) we didn't even think about it, til friends came out with "you're now the A team...Amy, Ash and Archie...any more kids you have also HAVE to start with A" type thing.
So now I don't know what to think, whether to stick with the names we originally liked, follow with the 'A' theme or start over.
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28-08-2016 17:44 #1Junior Member
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If you have a shortlist of names from previous bub/s...
28-08-2016 17:48 #2
If I still liked the names, they'd definitely still be on my list for future kids. I think the parents initials don't matter so much. If you had 3 kids already with an A name then chose a different initial for the next kid, it'd be a bit weird but I think one A name leaves you open to either another A name or any other initial.
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28-08-2016 17:52 #3
We had a DS first followed by a DD some 6 years later and DD got the girl name that DS would have been if he was a girl. Not for any pattern or matching etc just because it was still our favourite girl name. DS and DD names don't rhyme or start with the same letter but are both fairly traditional.
I wouldn't try to go matchy matchy just chose your fav name regardless and if it starts with the same letter so be it
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28-08-2016 17:54 #4
Go with whatever you like! We had 1 boy name and 1 girl name when DS was born 6 years ago. This year we had the same girl name and I new boy name, so dd got DS girl name.
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28-08-2016 21:17 #5
DS has DD's "what if they got the sex wrong in the scan" name. We figured that we still loved it and agreed on it after 5 years so it was a winner (even though friends had also used it about 2 years before). We had doubts on the middle name though so chose a new one. DD likes that DS got "her boy name".
28-08-2016 21:26 #6Senior Member
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Our short list never made it to the next baby for various reasons. We unintentionally all have the same amount of letters in our first name, but once we realised the pattern, we did make sure our last child had the same so they weren't left out...even though it was never the plan originally.
We had neighbours growing up who all had J names...except the last child, who had a B name. It was weird, but mainly because the mother spoke about how they wanted their family to all have J names...but then her last child didn't.
I don't think you have to have another A name, but I'd shut down the 'A team' comments now so this child doesn't feel left out.
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28-08-2016 21:28 #7Senior Member
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DS got our fav boys name and DD got our favourite girls name, which would have been DS's if he was a girl. Now that we have a boy & a girl we have to find new favourites because we no longer like any others that were on either shortlists.
28-08-2016 22:56 #8
We never found out gender so all our pregnancies had boy and girl names. We didn't carry any over to the next Bub except my youngests middle name. Not that we didn't like the names anymore, they just didn't seem to flow as well.
We did end up with a bit of a pattern though, that we didn't realise until someone pointed it out when we were pregnant with our 4th. And of course, the name we picked already for that pattern too hah. Our kids names, in order, have 5, then 6, then 7 and lastly 8 letters in them.
29-08-2016 07:41 #9
My husband has two brothers and all three plus my fil have names starting with J. They didn't follow the same line for his sister though. We had a lot of joking about us using another J name and I said no way. I ended up using a name that starts with the same initial as me and then used my middle name so she has the same initials as me and did get a comment on that. So with my second I said we were not having either of our initials in the name. We did stick with another short name though.
As for using our back up name, I had so much trouble finding a boys name I liked that after our first was a girl I completely refused to look at boys names for number 2 and said the one name we could agree on the first time would have to do. We didn't like any of our back up girls names though so started from scratch. We had another girl so we've still got the boys name hanging there if we go again. It would be a long name with a nickname so doesn't really match the two girls names in that sense (they're both 5 letters no real nicknames)
29-08-2016 08:19 #10
We have always thought of different names when we had our following 3 DD's after having DD1.
As for the theme of A, I don't think you have to use another A name. If you had 2 children with A names then yes, I would say the next would need to start with an A.
We have a little bit of a problem for our next bub. All 4 DD's have a double letter in their name, I really don't want to do it with another child but feel I have to.
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