I talked about this in Name Rants and wanted to flesh it out here!
The idea of the “calling kids to the kitchen table” test, is for names that might sound similar. Basically, if you call a name out from another room, is the correct kid going to appear?
Obviously, like the Starbucks test, or any other name game, your kids’ names don’t have to pass this test. It’s not a preference for everyone in the first place. But it could be a good tool if you are wondering something like “are these names too close?” [name_u]Or[/name_u] “if I use this name for my daughter, could I still use this other name for a potential future son?” As I mentioned in the other thread, my mom called my brother and i the wrong names all the time, and I know I’m going to become my mother (it’s inevitable, may as well prepare for it) so for me names that are close enough to confuse are probably a no-go!
Obviously rhyming names would probably fail this test: [name_f]Chloe[/name_f] and [name_f]Zoe[/name_f], [name_m]Larry[/name_m], [name_u]Barry[/name_u], [name_f]Terri[/name_f], [name_f]Mary[/name_f], [name_f]Carrie[/name_f] and [name_f]Sherry[/name_f]. And the near-rhymes, name with similar sounds throughout the name like [name_f]Jane[/name_f] and [name_u]James[/name_u].
But then there some that are a little trickier. Would [name_u]Wesley[/name_u] get confused with [name_u]Kelsey[/name_u]? [name_f]Katelyn[/name_f] with [name_m]Jason[/name_m]? [name_f]Catharine[/name_f] with [name_m]Patrick[/name_m]? [name_m]Johnny[/name_m] and [name_m]Tommy[/name_m]? On paper it seems like no, but if you’ve ever been in a crowded room where someone is yelling a name and five people turn and think it’s them, you know what I’m talking about.
Please let me know what you think of this “test” and any additions or suggestions you have. Let’s brainstorm this together. Does this idea have legs? Also if you feel like sharing, are there names you tend to turn for when they are called, that on the surface don’t seem like your name at all?