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Is This One Rhyme Too Many?

I'm thinking of naming my daughter Lucinda. But the more I think about it, the more I'm starting to worry because my name is Belinda and my Mum's name is Linda! At first I didn't mind the connection, though I was certainly not looking for it; I just liked the name. Is it all a bit too weird?

- Rhyming Mum

Carrying a rhyme across three generations is a first in my experience, but that doesn't necessarily make it "too weird." In fact, if all three of you embrace it, it could be a unique family tradition: a rhyming version of namesakes.

Rhyming within a name, like Amelia Bedelia, can run the risk of sounding like a silly picture-book character (like Amelia Bedelia!). Rhyming between family members, though, is more an issue of practical confusion. If someone calls down the hall to you, do you both answer?

If all three generations of your family expect to live together, the risk of confusion looms large. If not, though, the connection of grandmother, mother and child names could actually be quite charming. It's a bond your daughter will share with you both from the time she's born. I suspect most people who hear the three names will appreciate that.

From the perspective of the public, then, your name choice shouldn't be a problem. For the perspective of you and your child, I'll turn to an expert in the subject: You.

You grew up as Belinda, daughter of Linda. That name pair is even closer than a rhyme. Did the similarity of your Mum's name to your own bother you growing up? I'm guessing that it wasn't a major problem, otherwise you wouldn't even be considering another name that rhymes with your own. Assuming that's the case, go ahead and give your daughter the name you like the best.


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May 5, 2014 5:07 PM
By Mel G 13 (not verified)

My grandmother, Sharon, named my mom Sharlyn. It's all good (as you probably know). I didn't follow the trend but I match with my sisters Larissa and (to a lesser degree) Larissa named her first daughter Alyssa! We manage although it does get a little rough when we go by the short versions we use around each other: Jess, Riss, Meliss, and Alyss haha

May 5, 2014 6:43 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I think it should be fine & I actually find it a bit sweet.

Do you plan on always using Lucinda, or do you think you might use a nickname (such as Lucy)? Having a nickname ready, at least for family gatherings, will help avoid any confusion issues.

May 6, 2014 10:21 AM
By JenJen (not verified)

There are tons of families with Sr., Jr., and III and few people worry about three generations of men with almost the exact same name. So no, I wouldn't worry about the three of you sounding similar. It's rare that anyone will be looking at all three names, all lined up next to each other, at the same time.

If you're going for the nickname Lucy, here are some alternatives: Lucienne, Lucasta, Louisa, Luciana.

May 10, 2014 8:17 PM
By With an "E" (not verified)

I thought it was a nice connection that my cousin Marilyn had a mom named Evelyn and a daughter named Madeline. When I mentioned this to my cousin, it was the first she'd realized it!

And the thing about the juniors and thirds--for real! I disliked my name as a child and wanted to be called a nickname of my middle name. But my parents explained that I had a cousin with that name and the same last name so I couldn't. Very puzzling as to why there could not be two girls with the same name in the same state when we had two identically named males living in the same house!

May 12, 2014 9:57 AM
By Nonnymous (not verified)

I have no experience of this though I would definitely name my children rhyming to me or each other!

May 12, 2014 1:43 PM
By Leslie (not verified)

When I first read that the names were Linda, Belinda, and Lucinda, my first thought wasn't that they rhymed, but that each generation was a sweet and subtle homage to the last. The names might be a little too close for siblings, but across generations, I don't think it's "weird" at all - I think it's lovely.

For what it's worth, I know it's not the same thing, but I shared initials with my mom, and always wished my name could have tied even more closely with hers; I loved that connection between us.

May 13, 2014 12:28 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Personally, I wouldn't do it. My family has 5 generations of rhyming first daughters (Mary, Sherry, & Carrie, I know these don't rhyme for everyone, but in the dialect/accent we have, they do). I use my middle name and my daughters are nowhere near matching to the rest of us. Lots of name confusion. If you love the name, go with it, just realize that she may not agree as she gets older.

May 13, 2014 4:34 PM
By Maria (not verified)

I knew someone who came from a family of eight -annys. Think Danny, Anny, Fanny, Lanny, Manny, Nanny, etc. Apparently they had a great deal of trouble with phone calls (callers had to spell the name of the person they wanted, and letters rhyme too so that solution wasn't ideal). These days, everyone has their own phone, so that problem is solved.

The fact that the rhyming names belong to differently-aged people and that they aren't exact rhymes would also help. Also the fact that it isn't 8 people rhyming, lol. I think your names sound great. If you like the name, Lucinda, go with it. :)

May 13, 2014 7:28 PM
By Teddy (not verified)

When I was little I really liked the fact that my mom and I shared a middle name. We are super close, so it was really good to have a connection like that.

I also have a connection to my grandmother, because both our names are spelled a little differently than average. I always thought those connections were super neat.

Lucinda is not so close to Belinda that I would confuse it. Like others said, they are not exact rhymes, and if you are super close like me and my mom, then she will cherish the name, because it reminds her of you!

May 18, 2014 10:58 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

My maiden name is identical to my mother's (first, last, no middle). My grandmother also had the same first name, and she would come stay with us for half the year sometimes. We managed, and we still manage.

Linda, Belinda, and Lucinda is a lovely sequence -- as someone else commented, it wouldn't work for siblings, but it's perfect across generations. Go for it!

May 27, 2014 3:10 PM
By Ronald K (not verified)

Historical note: if you come across a "Cindy" before about 1850, she is more likely to be a Lucinda rather than Cynthia, which was still rare. And her sisters "Patty" and "Jenny" were Martha and Jane.

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