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Old 02-24-2012, 11:46 AM   #11
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It's too bad your mom and sis don't see it as a huge complement! I agree that the names are similar but what's the big deal? Two of my best friends growing up were Lauren and Lara, my name Laura. We were never once confused who people were referring to.

We certainly would not change the name to placate our family or friends. If DD were a boy we were going to name him Ezekiel and my mom said it sounded too jewish and biblical... Coming from a woman who named her son Luke She was so mean about the name and often made fun of it, needless to say we didn't tell her our girl choice. This time around NO ONE but us will know the LOs name until birth and honestly... We don't even know yet! But I'm sure they won't like it and have a hard time pronouncing and spelling it but they'll just have to get over it.

I really like the name too btw

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Old 02-24-2012, 11:56 AM   #12
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Absolutely! Maybe people just feel the need to put in their no matter what. My mom not even asking if we are sticking to the initials calls this one MCL^3 My family doesn't care about the name and wouldn't say anything if they didn't like it, but DH's family is missing that little filter between their brains and mouth and tend to say a lot of things that upset each other, so to be fair we decided to not tell anyone what we have picked.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:08 PM   #13
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No, don't change your mind! This is the reason DH and I didn't share the girls' names with anyone until they were born. Sorry your family is being such a pain about names, but stick with your lovely choice!
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:58 PM   #14
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I'm very close to my family and I don't know if we should reconsider this baby's name to make them happy. They think I made a mistake 16 years ago when I named my first daughter - and they still give me grief about it.

The problem is... my sister's name is Alana (pronounced Uh - lan - uh).
I named my first daughter Amanda. They think the names sound too much alike and that it has led to confusion and a frequent mixing up of names. We decided to name this little one Eliana (El - ee - on - uh) and my sister and my mother think the name is again too similar and they don't like it.

My husband, daughter, and I all far prefer Eliana to any other name we've considered. We tried explaining to the family that she'll probably be called Ellie or Ella most of the time, but they just give me disapproving looks.

Would you reconsider your chosen name to make your family happy?

wow, are they super picky! Alana and Amanda are two distinct sounding names! I CAN see how Alana and Eliana are more similar, but if you'll be calling her Ellie, then what's it matter!?

I love the name you picked out! Please don't change it!


As for if I were in your situation, I kind of am. Not because of name "similarities" though, but because my sister just doesn't like the name I've picked. Garen Elijah. She doesn't like Garen. I originally liked Garrett, DH didn't but liked Garen, so I compromised. She's my identical twin, we are very close, and her approval means SO much to me. It really, really, really, really bums me out that she doesn't love the name. BUT, I know it will grow on her and she's been gentle in trying to cover up her distaste for it. That said, it is the ONLY name DH and I can agree on, so changing it is not really an option. Even if it were, I think I've already gotten used to this baby being a Garen and couldn't change it if I wanted.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:57 PM   #15
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NO don't do it!

I changed dd1s name because of family and I still regret it to this day. I mean she has grown into her name of course but I still wonder if I should have stuck to my guns and named her what I wanted. We were living with them at the time adn I felt weirdly obligated and blech. DON'T change your name for the family. I really like the name you have picked out. So pretty.

My 2 dd's are named Samantha and Samara and they sound quite a bit alike, they live in the same house and there is no confusion.

Eta: their nicknames are "mantha" and "mara" they call each other that and it is so cute.

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I wouldn't reconsider. I mix up DD and DS's name all the time, or call one of the kids by DH's name! Or vice versa. It just happens!! And regardless, it's what you and your DH like, not your family. They'll just have to accept whatever you pick. You're never going to make everyone happy. That is one reason I don't even share name choices until the baby is born and we've decided. I don't care to hear everyone/anyone's opinion!
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Don't change the name. We did and we still regret it! We shared DD1's name with family and the pretty-much-universal opinion was "Yuck!" so, we went with something we liked less.

She fits her name now, of course, but if I could go back and change it I would.

Lesson learned... Now we don't tell! Once the babe is born and named they're much less likely to say something dumb.

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I wouldn't reconsider. I mix up DD and DS's name all the time, or call one of the kids by DH's name! Or vice versa. It just happens!! And regardless, it's what you and your DH like, not your family. They'll just have to accept whatever you pick. You're never going to make everyone happy. That is one reason I don't even share name choices until the baby is born and we've decided. I don't care to hear everyone/anyone's opinion!
My parents were really bad about this, sometimes they'd even call me my brothers name or my brother my name. There was even once DD was pressing my buttons and I called her by my lil sis name! None of our names are really similar though.

DH & I were talking last night about name this LO "NumberTwo" like in the Knights movie
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Re: My family dislikes the name we've picked...

I've called DH "mom" before when he was acting very frustrating and a lot like my mom. HAH!!!!! That went down well It just slipped out when I was angry and trying to explain and explain something to him.

Mix ups happen, no matter how different sounding names are.
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