Jump to content

Remind me...

  • Please log in to reply
32 replies to this topic

#1 tinkster23

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:17 PM

It's not cool to use two derivatives of the same name right?

I'm considering boy names and evan is one of the rare names dh likes, but the fact that jack and evan are both derivatives of John kinda bothers me.

So, oh name gurus what's the verdict?

#2 kerilyntaryn

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:26 PM

that's ok

#3 SeaPrincess

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:27 PM

Personally I wouldn't, although Evan and Jack aren't as similar  my colleague's sibset of Shane, Shaun and Jack  shrug.gif


#4 KristyMum-

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:28 PM

fact that jack and evan are both derivatives of John
definitely doesn't stand out to me as being derivatives.  Use 'em original.gif

#5 EsmeLennox

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:32 PM

I don't think the average person would make that connection. I think they go well together as sibling names.

#6 la di dah

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:34 PM

I wouldn't probably but I am a huge nerd and sorta fixate on stuff like that. Even when they don't sound anything alike (Elizabeth and Isabel style, or Jacob and Hamish) it actually bugs me more than all matching initials which I know is a terrible EB sin.


I'm not gonna like point and laugh though and I doubt the average Joe (whether he has a brother Joel or not) will care.

#7 kerilyntaryn

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:47 PM

Nathan and Matthew have the same meaning and I know lots of family with these names as a sibset

Evan, Ian, Shaun, Jack, Ivan, etc - depends on the combo but Shane and Shaun are too close or Jack and Jake

#8 mmk

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:51 PM

I don't see them as too close and I would've ended up using something similar without even realising!  If Evan's the name you like, I say go with it  wink.gif   I'm no name guru though!

#9 ubermum

Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:55 PM

I would say the majority of people wouldn't notice. Seriously, apart from name nerds, the only names people might know about is their own or their kids.

#10 tinkster23

Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:10 AM

I'm nowhere near a name nerd and it kinda bothers me, I guess that's why I asked. original.gif

#11 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:06 AM

I'm on the fence with it.

Normally I would say no to using two derivatives of the same name but I think Evan and Jack are so different in sound, and Evan at least isn't a well known John derivative, that you might get away with it.

If it bothers you though, it's probably best to find something else.

How about Euan / Ewan instead? Sounds very similar to Evan and is a derivative of Eoghan / Eugene not John.

#12 Kay1

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:11 AM

I would never have thought Evan was related to Jack. I think they sound great together.

I knew a Jason and Justin.

And a Melissa and Melinda!

#13 Imaginary friend

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:26 AM

I think they're fine - they may be derived from same name originally but that was long ago - they are quite different now.

I certainly wouldnt change Evan to Ewan if you prefer Evan, just to get a different original source name.

#14 samshine

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:42 AM

Tinkster, I think it's fine - Hannah, Jack & Evan sound good together!  Most people wouldn't even think of it.

But if it's going to really bug you....

#15 Amber Spyglass

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:49 AM

I would never have known. I say go for it, they are lovel names together.

#16 baddmammajamma

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:56 AM

Evan is one of my all time favorite names -- love it! original.gif

Having said that, I would go for a different name. There are so many boys names from which to choose...name nerd that I am, I'd be picking from a different tree other than the "John" one.

Good luck with your decision!

#17 vanessa71

Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:02 PM

Surely this baby is to be called Lucy?  tongue.gif

#18 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:04 PM

Ewan > Evan

But I wouldn't have picked it as a John derivative.

#19 Oriental lily

Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:07 PM

Never even knew Evan was connected to John.jack yes but not Evan.

Learn something everyday!

Edited by Oriental lily, 12 April 2012 - 01:07 PM.

#20 tinkster23

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:40 PM

QUOTE (vanessa71 @ 12/04/2012, 10:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Surely this baby is to be called Lucy?  tongue.gif

Don't you think that'd be a bit mean for a boy tongue.gif
Thats currently our girl frontrunner, but we've always had issues with boys names. I'm not pushing dh too hard atm cos we'll find out the gender in a few weeks and only have one gender to argue over.

I don't like Ewan...

#21 vanessa71

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:03 PM

I have girl vibes.  biggrin.gif

#22 la di dah

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:04 PM

Haha you're my opposite husband, he likes Ewan and not Evan. original.gif

Similar sounding, but I don't think Owen is related to John the same way Evan is?

Ronan, Rowan, Aidan, or skipping away from the UK for a moment Ethan and Nathan have a similar rhythm to them?

#23 libbylu

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:06 PM

I wouldn't use Jack and John, but Evan is worlds away - I bet most people wouldn't know it was a derivative of John. Is it really?
Jack and Evan are fine.

#24 Futureself

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:11 PM

I wouldn't knowingly do it as it would be strange to me.

#25 pippityroo

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:15 PM

I wouldn't have even known Evan & Jack were the same name. So I wouldn't have a problem with it.

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


9 things I need to thank my parents for

You really don't realise everything your parents did for you until you find yourself doing them for your own children ... vomit catching and all.

The adventurous baby who's already putting safety first

When you're a baby, even getting off a bed and onto the floor can be a tricky procedure.

The story behind the love video that went viral

It is a quiet video, less than a half-minute long. It features no flourishes to speak of. It has no kittens doing kitten things. None of the things that often make a video go viral.

Anthony and Elle Watmough's joyous news as baby cleared of fatal condition

Rugby league star Anthony Watmough and his wife Elle have shared their joy at learning their unborn baby, who was thought to have Trisomy 18, was cleared of the fatal condition.

Win a family farmstay with Shaun the Sheep

To celebrate the Home Entertainment release of Shaun the Sheep Movie, Essential Kids and Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are offering one winner and their family a holiday to a farm.

How I learnt to be a better friend

I may have lost that particular friend years ago, but I have gained so much from that experience.

What goes in the nappy bag?

It's far more than just a bag for nappies - it's the travel companion for your baby that should contain all the things you might need when away from home base.

The nature naming trend

The biggest joy of our daughter's name is that people really light up when they hear it (pun intended).

Win a Justine Clarke Pyjama Jam! prize pack

The Pyjama Jam! tour will see Justine Clarke returning to more intimate venues around Australia, creating the perfect comfy and cozy atmosphere for a PJ party.

Parents of baby born without part of his skull stand up to critics

When Brittany and Brandon Buell's son Jaxon was born missing much of his brain and skull, doctors said he only had days to live.

Baby plans are 'none of your business'

Emily Bingham had been asked about her baby making plans one too many times. 

Diet shakes to lose weight? Think again

Thinking of investing in meal replacement shakes to slim down ahead of summer?

Study offers support for cancer treatment during pregnancy

It is among the most delicate and difficult dilemmas in medicine: Should a pregnant woman who has received a cancer diagnosis begin treatment before her child is born?

Awards 2015: Vote now for a chance to win $2000

Vote for your favourite pregnancy, baby and toddler products for your chance to win your share of $2500 in cash prizes.

64 baby names based in nature

Looking for a baby name with a nod to nature, or one with an organic meaning? Check out our list to get inspired.

What coffee does to your body

That cup of Joe is just the boost your body needs.

Mum leaves triplets at hospital because she can't afford them

An illiterate and poverty stricken mother has abandoned her newborn triplets at hospital because she cannot afford to care for them.

I gave my daughter up for adoption - then tried to be her mum

The first time my oldest daughter called me 'Mum', she was 17.

Rainbow Babies lighting up the internet

A recent Facebook photo post is prompting widespread discussion of an emotional topic for many parents: rainbow babies.

The new wave of virgins giving birth

Dozens of young women have had virgin births after undergoing IVF in Britain, it has been reported.

'It sort of became an addiction': parents buying, reselling Bonds Wondersuits

Your baby might be crawling around in hundreds of dollars worth of clothing.

Adjusting your child to daylight savings time

A one-hour difference to the day is pretty big deal when you're little.

Born too soon: life on the margins of existence

The frontiers of life are advancing ever further into uncharted territory.


What's hot on EB

Stella McCartney honours mum with lacy bra

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has honoured her late mum, Linda McCartney, by designing a special bra for post-mastectomy patients.

Don't panic: A granddad midwife's guide for dads-to-be

Mark Harris has helped deliver 500 babies. And he's now telling fathers what to expect.

How to be a calm parent when you're feeling anything but

Being a calm parent takes a lot of work, sometimes more than is obvious to those around us.

The joy and isolation of being a stay-at-home dad

It's cool, kind of like a second childhood. I love him to bits and think, on average, I'm an okay dad. But I also want to talk about the other stuff.

How baby Teddy's short life is helping save thousands of lives

He may have only lived for 100 minutes, but that didn't stop baby Teddy from saving the lives of others.

A heartbreaking trail of missed chances in death of baby forgotten in car

A haunting reminder to stay mindful about babies in cars, especially as we approach summer.

What to do if your baby has tongue-tie

Tongue-tie can cause feeding problems. However once it is diagnosed, the condition can be easily treated.

How to move house without losing your mind

Some people move frequently, while others like to stay put. But everyone finds it stressful.

'She had nowhere to go': how new mum's life began to unravel

The birth of her first child should have been happiest of times for Campsie mother Phuong Cao, but friends say it marked the beginning of when her life began to unravel. 

Women giving birth to a son keep some of his Y chromosomes

It was an experiment doomed to failure - they were looking for male cells in female bodies. And their search was stunningly successful.

Photos: How babies fit in the womb

A gorgeous photo series shows babies in the first hours after their birth - as they were positioned in the womb.

Baby tries to persuade stubborn bulldog to walk, fails

We don't know what he's saying, but this baby has a very clear message for his bulldog pal: let's walk - NOW.

The best toddler gift ever? Nine gender-neutral play kitchen picks

Without a doubt, one of the best gifts for a toddler turning two or three is a play kitchen.

9 easy steps to improve your baby photography

With a few simple tips you can take your images from random happy snaps to lovely clean images that create beautiful lasting memories.



What are your favourite baby products?

The Essential Baby Awards are on now, and we need your help! Have your say on your top picks and you'll go in the draw to win a share of $2500.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.