Coraline too similar to Carolyn?

I think I already know the answer, but I just want to confirm…

We’ve been searching for a good fn to go with [name]Sarah[/name] as a mn. I really like the name [name]Coraline[/name] (moreso than [name]Coral[/name] or [name]Coralie[/name]), which was a suggestion here in the forums last week (thanks!!).

However…my niece, who is the same age and favorite playmate of our son, is named [name]Carolyn[/name].
Here’s the thing. Her parents call her “Lynnie” or “[name]Lyn[/name]” for short. I like “[name]Cora[/name]” as a nn for [name]Coraline[/name]. My husband likes [name]Coraline[/name] as well but isn’t buying my excuses and thinks [name]Coraline[/name] and [name]Carolyn[/name] are far too similar.

[name]Do[/name] I strike it from the list?

[name]Coraline[/name] and [name]Carolyn[/name] are too similar, unfortunately.

[name]Bernadette[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Verity[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Madeleine[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Amandine[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Penelope[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Genevieve[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Willow[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Odette[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Irene[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]

They do sound similar but if they both go by nicknames…
[name]Do[/name] you like the idea of just naming her [name]Cora[/name]? [name]Sarah[/name] doesn’t make a good mn for [name]Cora[/name]… Idk… Or why not [name]Sarah[/name] as a first name… [name]Sarah[/name] [name]Coraline[/name]?

I know, I love [name]Cora[/name], but it doesn’t work with [name]Sarah[/name]. My first name is [name]Sarah[/name], hence the middle name debacle. Our son is [name]William[/name] [name]Michael[/name] (my husband’s name is [name]Michael[/name]), so I wanted to keep it symmetrical. Maybe that’s just something I’ll have to get over.

Oh, well. I had to ask! Thanks for the feedback.

What about using [name]Sadie[/name] or [name]Sally[/name], [name]Sal[/name] or [name]Sarai[/name] instead of [name]Sarah[/name] for a middle?

She could still be named after you and have [name]Coraline[/name] as a middle name instead. [name]Do[/name] you like [name]Sadie[/name] [name]Coraline[/name]? (I don’t know if most people are aware that [name]Sadie[/name] is a nickname for [name]Sarah[/name], all Sarahs I’ve known have gone by their full name).

I actually do like [name]Sadie[/name] [name]Coraline[/name]. However…[name]Sadie[/name] is our dog’s name. Oops!! :slight_smile:

My suggestion to you would be to use [name]Cora[/name] [insert middle name] [name]Sarah[/name]. Are you open to having two middle names? It may help the flow and let you use the name you like. What are some other names you’d like to use that can go in the first middle name spot?

Eh, I think for cousins it shouldn’t really matter that much! [name]Coraline[/name] (prn [name]COR[/name]-ah-line?) has a totally different feel than [name]Carolyn[/name]. Especially since little [name]Carolyn[/name] goes by [name]Lyn[/name] or Lynnie and your little would go by [name]Cora[/name] (which, is honestly so cute), I really think it’s not too much of an issue. Also, [name]Coraline[/name] [name]Sarah[/name] is very pretty! If [name]Carolyn[/name] was your daughter, I would say definitely not, but since [name]Carolyn[/name] will just be your daughter’s cousin, then it’s really not that bad!

I just spoke with my friend from Ecuador whose mother had wanted to name her [name]Paula[/name] [name]Beatriz[/name] (POW-lah beh-ah-TREECE, roughly). Her mother’s brother was having his 6th daughter and had run out of name ideas, so he literally stole the exact name and gave it to his daughter who was born a few days before my friend. Her mom ended up naming her [name]Paula[/name] but giving her a different middle. So, these girls are cousins and have literally the exact same first name. Moral of the story: 1. Your situation will never turn out like this because the names are distinct and have especially distinct nicknames of Lynnie and [name]Cora[/name] and 2. The two Paulas are doing just fine 18 years later, haha.

Good luck!

Hehe, maybe it’s time to rename the dog… [name]Sally[/name]? :wink:

[name]Coraline[/name] and [name]Carolyn[/name] don’t sound too similar at all. [name]Cor[/name]-ah-line and Cair-o-lyn. Quite different.

I honestly hadn’t considered two middle names. I’m just having so much trouble coming up with one first and one middle! I’ll ask my husband what he thinks…

Ha ha! What a cute family story. I know, you’re right–I’m really not worried about [name]Cora[/name] and Lynnie coming to blows about their names. I’m more worried about the grandmothers/aunts/uncles (most specifically, [name]Carolyn[/name]'s parents!)…the potential confusion at family gatherings, etc.

For siblings, yes…for cousins, no. Especially with the two nicknames! I definitely wouldn’t let that keep you from using it. Heck, I have two cousins with identical names ([name]Amy[/name]), along with two [name]Rebecca[/name]'s (although one entered the family via marriage)…they don’t go by nicknames and it has never been an issue (the two [name]Amy[/name]'s were playmates as kids, too). We also have two [name]Ellie[/name]'s (different first names, but they both go by [name]Ellie[/name]) and it hasn’t been confusing and nobody feels like their toes have been stepped on. We just all have similar taste :wink:
Go for it!

Hmm… Two middle names could be good. Too bad about the dog being named [name]Sadie[/name]! [name]Sadie[/name] is soo cute! I like the spelling [name]Sayde[/name]. But [name]Sayde[/name]/[name]Sadie[/name] is out soo… If not two middles or just going by nicknames, some other names that go with [name]Sarah[/name] could be…

[name]Elizabeth[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Violet[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Eleanor[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Elinor[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Emily[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Eden[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Charlotte[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Valerie[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Shelby[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Phoebe[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Leonie[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]

[name]Just[/name] some thoughtss.
Also, the Swiss version of [name]Sarah[/name] is [name]Sarice[/name]. That’s pretty cute if you wanted a slight variation for a fn.
Best of luck!

Yeah, I’m really torn. For reference, our (not-so) short list for girls’ names is:

[name]Isabelle[/name] [name]Sarah[/name]
[name]Eleanor[/name] [name]Sarah[/name] (nn [name]Nora[/name])
[name]Katharine[/name] [name]Sarah[/name] (nn [name]Kate[/name])
[name]Genevieve[/name] [name]Sarah[/name] (nn [name]Evie[/name])
[name]Evangeline[/name] [name]Sarah[/name] (nn [name]Evie[/name])
[name]Evelyn[/name] [name]Sarah[/name] (nn [name]Evie[/name])
[name]Coraline[/name] [name]Sarah[/name] (nn [name]Cora[/name])
[name]Elisabeth[/name] [name]Sarah[/name] (nn [name]Ella[/name])

Previous Berries’ favorites from this list seemed to be [name]Katharine[/name], [name]Genevieve[/name], and [name]Evangeline[/name].

I’m starting to hope this little one is another boy! Ha ha.

For siblings, yes too similar BUT for cousins or other play mates, no way! I think it is fine!! Go for it!!

I would usually say talk to your sibling/in laws and see how they would feel. I think the names are different enough p with two so completely different nn that it should take away a name you really love. However, since your hubby thinks it’s too similar I think you already have your answer -> namely strike it off the list. It’s going to be his kiddo too and if the similarity makeshim uncomfortable then I think you should move on. I do like pp suggestion of just [name]Cora[/name].