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I have a cousin who has a son named Landon. I also have another cousin who is pregnant. They are keeping it a surprise, so they have to come up with a name for each gender. Their girl name is Elyse, nn Ellie. But their boy name is Landen. She has asked my other cousin if it would be ok, but I still think it's kind of weird. Now, the Landon that is already born is 3 years old. He does live quite a distance away and we only see them once or twice a year, but I still think it will be very confusing. My question is would you consider a name that is already taken by a child in your family, even if they live far away?
i wouldn't do it, but it's happened before. my sister had her youngest son colton (cole) and about a year later my aunt who lives in TX (we live in IL) named her son cole. i've always thought it was sort of weird.
If it was a family name then possibly...definitely for a middle name. I would also consider it if it were a very distant relative and I LOVED the name. DH has a cousin that named her son Hayden...he honestly hasn't seen her since they were kids and we will likely never see them aside from funerals. We did consider Hayden at one time.
Last edited by Bedazzled; September 27th, 2010 at 06:01 PM.
I would do it especially if there are different nickname options and especially if there is quite some geographical distance between the kids.
Dh comes from a mom with 6 siblings and a dad with 6 siblings. Most of those siblings have children and then the next generation has started to have kids. So, many names get snapped up in this large family yet we see those people once a year, if that.
Dh has a cousin Alexander who always goes by Sasha (his mom is Russian) that we see once a year. I've considered using Alexander, nn: Lex or Zane. I don't think it'd be a big deal at all.
I like so many names that I wouldn't do it. But I don't think it's bad if people do. My mom was going to name my older sister Cameron if she was a boy, obviously she wasn't. But both my mom and sister like Cameron now for a girl (Camryn). My sister has said that her first daughter will be Camryn. Our cousin who lives across the county just had a son named Cameron. My sister still plans on using the name since we never see them and it's different last names.
I would never use a name that my brother and his wife or my BIL/SIL chose to use. I would also never use a name that my two cousins who live in state and we spend holidays with had used. BUT... anyone further removed than that would not pose a problem for me. I have only ONE name that I absolutely love for a future little boy. If somebody beyond my close circle of family used it, I would still use it on my own child. I also don't have a problem with variations on the same name within family. I know one family that has cousins named Alexander and Alexandra. The Colton/Cole example wouldn't bother me either since they are both stand alone names and one just happened to be shortened to a nn.
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