Angus and Innes -too similar?

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Thinkingof4 Sat 02-Mar-13 21:46:20

hi
I have 3 ds and am pg with dc4. Don't know if this is also a boy but suspect it may be! All our boys have scottish names (we are Scottish) and we need another similar type of name. Ds2 is Angus and one boys name we really like is Innes. Just wondering if people think this is too similar sounding? Thanks in advance for any opinions smile

It is quite similar, but on the other hand how often are you going to say their names together - especially when they are adults - and it sounds like you have another son in between to break it up when you are introducing them all.

freerangeeggs Sat 02-Mar-13 23:48:23

I don't think they're too similar. I think they're both lovely smile

sleepyhead Sat 02-Mar-13 23:50:17

No I don't think they're similar at all. They go well together imo.

Verynearlytea Sun 03-Mar-13 02:53:59

Not to similar at all, Innes is a great name (as is Angus). Do it.

Thinkingof4 Sun 03-Mar-13 14:59:19

Yaay! Excellent, thanks for the vote of confidence!

kelda Sun 03-Mar-13 15:18:19

Nice name, but I admit, I only know girls with this name.

FranKatzenjammer Sun 03-Mar-13 15:28:40

Or what about Hamish (unless you already have one!)?

Kelda, do you mean Inez/Ineez? Innes is definitely a boys name and pronounced differently. In is rather than In ees.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Sun 03-Mar-13 17:15:49

I was going to suggest Hamish too! Actually as pointed out already, when DC4 arrives if it is another boy there'll be a boy between Angus and DC4 anyway. So if you love Innes go with it.

Of course it may be a girl this time! wink

Go for it, Innes was on our short list for ds. We went with Blair instead.

What are your other DCs names (looking for inspiration for imaginary dc2!)

Offcolour Sun 03-Mar-13 17:32:08

I would never have thought of Angus and Innes being similar. Like Innes. Ruiridh is one of my all time faves but we are down south and no-one would be able to spell it.

Offcolour Sun 03-Mar-13 17:32:37

Should say I like Innes.

Ruairidh (pron. rooree) was on our list too! I think similar to me would mean if they could be shortened to the same name, so Angus and Fergus could both be gus so I wouldn't use them both.

sw11mumofone Sun 03-Mar-13 18:28:39

I know two Innes's too and they are both girls. Pronounced in-is.

Innes in Scotland is definitely a boys name first. Traditionally the second born son would be give the maiden name of his mother, hence why many Scottish names are also surnames.

In 2011 (figures not available yet for 2012) there were 46 boy Innes' and one girl ines.

List of all first given names for 2012 are out on the 14th march.

nurse Sun 03-Mar-13 20:19:00

My ds is Innes, Fabulous name and always get compliments on his name.
(I'm in Scotland)

sleepyhead Sun 03-Mar-13 20:32:45

Calling a girl Innes in Scotland would be like calling her Jamie. Nice name, the sound works for both sexes but anyone seeing it written down would assume she's a boy.

I can see it would be different in other places though. Apparently Jamie is almost exclusively a girls name in the US.

MidnightMasquerader Sun 03-Mar-13 22:11:32

I'm going to go against the grain, as think they do sound a bit too similar.

Hamish is a great name (my grandfather's name). Angus is my DB's name. smile

My5boysandme Sun 03-Mar-13 22:22:22

We have 5 boys, 4 have Scottish names Kyle, Cameron, Innes and Harris. I think Angus and Innes are both lovely names and wouldn't say they sounded anymore similar than Innes and Harris do.

1805 Sun 03-Mar-13 23:45:24

I would presume Innes is female (we're not in scotland though). Only know one and thats a girl.

OhBuggerandArse Sun 03-Mar-13 23:51:57

They are actually the same name - Innes and Angus are both Anglicisations of Gaelic Aonghas. So probably not a good idea to use both...

BonnieWeeJeannieMcCall Sun 03-Mar-13 23:56:34

I think they're fine. Go for it! I've never heard of a female Innes; it's a male name as far as I'm concerned (I'm Scottish).

INeverSaidThat Mon 04-Mar-13 00:49:06

blush. I thought it was a girls name as I know an Inez.

I think Innes and Angus are quite similar, but I am not sure it matters.

My two boys names start with the same sound and I still trip over their names sometimes (and they are almost adults)

MidnightMasquerader Mon 04-Mar-13 00:57:25

That's interesting, OhBugger.

Ines/Inez is a Spanish girls' name.

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