I came across your blog and it sounds like you might have a solution for my husband and I. We are expecting twins (boy/girl) in a couple weeks. We had originally chosen the names Paul David (Paul being my husbands middle name and his father's name and David being my father's name) and Caroline Louise (Caroline comes from the same origin as my name, Carla, and Louise is my mother and sister's middle name).
My husband has expressed concern with the boy's name we have chosen because he doesn't want to think of his father every time he says it and his mother is already assuming that is the name. He has suggested John Philip or Samuel for a first name. Sam was my dog all while growing up so that seems a bit weird to me but I do love the name, and I like John Philip (Philip is my grandfather's name) but having John and Caroline is a little weird as it just makes me think of the Kennedys. Is that off the wall? Would others make that connection or would that be a good alternative? There are also other reasons we like pretty much all the names we have chosen - in regards to the meaning of names, etc. and Paul David is also the name of Bono (the singer from U2) and we are huge fans so that is kind of cool too. Any suggestions or recommendations? I'd love to get your opinion!
Ah! I have some experience with this, in that one of my children has the same name as one of my parents. And what I've found is that I hardly ever think of it. In fact, the only time I think of it is when I'm addressing that child when that parent is in the room, and I suddenly realize that could be confusing. But since I don't call my parents by their first names, it isn't an issue: the name has become almost exclusively the child's name, and I only occasionally remember it's also my parent's name. So if I were you, I think I'd go with Paul David.
But I do also love the name John Philip. For me, the John and Caroline thing is okay: the names John and Caroline are so established and classic, I don't think I'd think of the Kennedys unless someone pointed it out to me.
Let's have a poll over to the right to show what we think: Do we think they should stick with Paul and Caroline? Do we think John and Caroline has a strong Kennedy association? ...Well, that's a little complicated for the poll. How about this instead: I'll make the poll just a list of names for Caroline's brother, and then if you want to you can leave comments in the comment section about the Kennedys, or about your own experience with family namesakes. [Poll closed; see below.]
[Poll results (222 votes total):
Paul: 133 votes, roughly 60%
John: 52 votes, roughly 23%
Samuel: 37 votes, roughly 17%]