Is Oliver Jay too close to Oliver James?

I just want to start with I have nothing against anyone who is called [name_u]James[/name_u], has used [name_u]James[/name_u] or even likes [name_u]James[/name_u]. I just think it overused [name_f]IMO[/name_f] especially as a mn.

Anyway, my favourite boy combo is [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]Jay[/name_u] I wanted to know if its too close to [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u]. I have heard of so many little [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] on the internet and I just think its overused, no offence.

Is [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]Jay[/name_u] too close to [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u]?


They are similar, but not to close. [name_u]Jay[/name_u] lacks the -ames part of [name_u]James[/name_u], so it would be hard to confuse the two. Unless, you are speaking fast or unclearly while presenting his name.

To me, yes they are.
They are [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] J. … and [name_u]Jay[/name_u] is a nickname I use for my S/O whose name is [name_u]James[/name_u], so to me they’re basically the same name.

Objectively, they’re very similar, but [name_u]Jay[/name_u] is quite distinct from [name_u]James[/name_u].

Well, the difference between [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]Jay[/name_u] and [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] is -ames. And [name_u]Jay[/name_u] is a nickname for [name_u]James[/name_u]. But if he introduces himself as [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]Jay[/name_u], I don’t think people is going to think “oh, his name must be [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u]”.

So yes, they are close but is not an issue.

I really like [name_u]Jay[/name_u] - it feels crisp and simple (in a good way) as opposed to the heavier [name_u]James[/name_u]. However, I can see how they could get mixed up. It is definitely unfortunate that [name_u]Jay[/name_u] might kind of lose its sparkle because of the popularity of [name_u]James[/name_u]. But I think [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]Jay[/name_u] is really handsome, and if you love it, go for it!

I will just toss out a few alternatives you could consider…

[name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_m]Jax[/name_m]
[name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]Jace[/name_u]
[name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]Jude[/name_u]
[name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_m]Clay[/name_m]
[name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]Shay[/name_u]/[name_u]Shea[/name_u]
[name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]Gray[/name_u]/[name_u]Grey[/name_u]
[name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]Ray[/name_u]

Thank you everyone. And I’m not like starting any arguements or anything because i appreciate what everyone is saying but [name_u]Jay[/name_u] isnt just a nn for [name_u]James[/name_u]. It is its own name. [name_m]Just[/name_m] like [name_u]Theo[/name_u] and [name_m]Theodore[/name_m]. :slight_smile:

If your only concern is popularity, then no they are not too similar. If say your sibling had a child named [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u], and you wanted something “different enough” then yes [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]Jay[/name_u] would be too similar.

If you are wanting to steer clear of [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u], I would skip [name_u]Jay[/name_u] and pick something else because there are SO many middle name options that would work well with [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] as a first name. What about [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]Beau[/name_u] or [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_m]Ty[/name_m]?