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#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.

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