Sunlit Water

March 29, 2008


Filed under: Dating,Personal — by teofilo @ 1:51 pm

So things are going great with the new girlfriend (we’ve even changed our Facebook relationship statuses!), but there’s on little issue that makes things a little, um, odd: her first name is the same as my sister’s.  It’s a common name, so this isn’t really all that surprising, but it can make talking about one or the other of them (with, say, my mom) a bit confusing.



  1. we’ve even changed our Facebook relationship statuses!


    When I was in college, my boyfriend and my sister’s boyfriend had the same name, with the result that although that boyfriend and I obviously split and I married someone else, her boyfriend is still known as ‘Calasis’s [Name]’ or ‘the other [name.]

    Comment by Cala — March 29, 2008 @ 1:58 pm |Reply

  2. I have a friend who has the same name as his brother in law–his sister’s husband. Everyone just uses first and last names and that minimizes the confusion.

    Comment by jollyjeff — March 29, 2008 @ 2:40 pm |Reply

  3. The funnier Megan and I call each other by Ms. and Lastnames.

    Comment by Megan — March 29, 2008 @ 4:51 pm |Reply

  4. Perfect opportunity for affection nickname-coining. (Not a private nickname, a public one.)

    Comment by Witt — March 29, 2008 @ 6:31 pm |Reply

  5. Qualify it like so: “soulmate-[name], not sister-[name]”.

    Comment by Megan — March 29, 2008 @ 8:24 pm |Reply

  6. Heh. My wife and sister have the same name. My sister (who is 3 months older) refers to my wife as “Rachel, Jr.”

    Comment by mrh — March 29, 2008 @ 8:30 pm |Reply

  7. Senior year of college, I lived with another Lizard, so I was ‘Breath’ and she was ‘Lastname’. That same year, we had another housemate named Nick, and I was briefly dating, but considering for a much longer time, another Nick. The distinction between them came down to a head gesture — “Nick. Not Nick [head jerk, initially in the direction of housemate-Nick’s room, but it devolved to a generic twitch], Nick.” I don’t recommend this method. Or that relationship.

    Comment by LizardBreath — March 30, 2008 @ 5:35 pm |Reply

  8. I like the ‘twitch’ really. I do that w/r/t certain locations (towns and the like).

    Comment by TJ — April 1, 2008 @ 12:07 am |Reply

  9. My mom’s brother, my stepfather, my stepbrother’s father, and my stepfather’s best friend are all named Jim. Two of the wives in question are named Deb.

    I have three brothers named Ben, Will, and Matt. I have dated boys with all three of those names.

    The weirdest one I know of is my best friend whose parents got divorced and who now has a mother named Jeanne and also a stepmother named Jeanne. We call them “old Jeanne” and “new Jeanne” (behind their backs)

    I just call people by whatever adjective pops into my head, it’s way easier. Hey! You! Brown sweater! Or “cowboy” which is appropriate in almost all situations.

    Comment by Cecily — April 3, 2008 @ 6:42 pm |Reply

  10. Ooh another good one was in college I had two housemates, Erin and Aaron. That’s all well and good here in computeytextland, but in talking it was confusticating so they were named Erin Girl and Aaron Boy for the rest of our academic careers.

    Also they dated each OTHER for a while, which I thought was kinda spooky but hey. To each his or her own.

    Comment by Cecily — April 3, 2008 @ 6:45 pm |Reply

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