Charlotte and Violet sibset?

What are your thoughts on this as a sibset? we already have Charlotte and now I'm in love with Violet but just not sure if they sound too similar. Only 3 weeks to go and we can't get a name...arrgghh!  Thanks For your help : )


October 28, 2015 11:11 AM

IMO unless you plan on calling them Lottie and Lettie, no, they are not too similar.  A couple of thoughts:  siblings are together in one household for only a few short years, while names are for a whole long lifetime, and parents tend to mix up their kids' names even when the names have absolutely no sounds in common.  So if you love Violet, then that's the name for this new little one.

November 2, 2015 11:53 PM

These were my thoughts exactly. And I doubt you will be calling them Lottie and Lettie, so I say go for it!

October 28, 2015 3:01 PM

I agree that unless you are using Lottie & Lettie, the names aren't too similiar for sisters.  I'll add that I had to really think about what the problem could be.  In my accent, they are Char-lot and Vie-ah-lit.

October 28, 2015 3:35 PM

They definitely sound more similar to me based on accent. I'd pronounce them Shar-lit and Vie-lit. I personally wouldn't use them together, but it wouldn't bother me to encounter them on someone else's kids.

October 28, 2015 9:11 PM

Exactly this. I wouldn't want to use them together because I get tied up easily, but no eyebrows would be raised if a different family made a different decision!

October 28, 2015 3:28 PM

I'm from US & they sound too close on the endings to be sibs to my ear. 

October 28, 2015 4:10 PM

Do you use a nickname for Charlotte?  For me personally, I think Charlotte and Violet would feel too matchy/rhymey for sisters, but Lottie or Charlie and Violet wouldn't bother me so much.  

For the record, I don't think Charlotte and Violet are SO matchy/rhymey that it seems like a truly terrible idea (like if you were considering Charlotte and Scarlett, for example).  It's over my personal comfort level, but I think I am overall less pleased with theme, rhyming, or matchy names than many people are.  

Is there anything similar to Violet but a bit further from Charlotte that might interest you?  Viola, Violetta, Vivian/Vivienne, Hazel, Ivy, Flora, Ruby, Genevieve, Annabel, Tessa, Juliet?  

October 28, 2015 4:58 PM

I wish there was some other options, we've had a hard time picking names this time and got a very very short list : ) the othe name my husband likes is Camilla, I like it... But don't love it... 

October 28, 2015 4:53 PM

Thanks for your opinions : ) I'm not really a fan of using nicknames so plan on using their full name most of the time. 

October 28, 2015 6:42 PM

Ultimately it matters where you live, and how you pronounce both names. So for me they sound like a great sibset, but for others not so much. If you're not 100% comfortable with Violet here are a few names that came to mind with Charlotte 

Madeline/Madeleine, Celia, Georgina, Phoebe and Eloise

October 28, 2015 10:04 PM

My opinion is that it's only the endings of the names that are similar, not the beginnings, so for the full names I say yes, go ahead. But, if you want to have nicknames, calling them Char and Vi, would be fine, or Char and Lettie, Vi and Lottie. The only combination that would be possible to confuse would be calling them Lettie and Lottie, but even so, it wouldn't be the end of the world. The full names are lovely, and I like them together. I think that the similar ends tie them together in a pleasant way, yet the very different beginnings still retain their individuality :-)

October 29, 2015 6:14 AM

For me they sound pretty different. I say "lot" and "let" at the end, and not "lit".

For me this is a case of go for it. I agree with the poster above that if it were Charlotte and Scarlet that wouldn't be cool, but Violet is sufficiently distinct for me.

Style-wise they would very well together too.

October 29, 2015 12:09 PM

It honestly wouldn't even occur to me that these are too similar. They look really different, and I think they sound different, too. I think both names have the stress on the first syllable, there's not a stress on the let/lotte. I would say Charlotte more like "Char-lut" and Violet like "Vi-o-lit" so they don't seem similar at all. 

October 29, 2015 12:31 PM

Hi there!  I want to let you know that you have great taste, but you are going in the wrong direction with this choice.  Charlotte and Violet are too similar.  I'm NOelle and my sister is Michelle - my parents have constantly called us the wrong name or start to ' No, Michelle' or 'Mi, Noelle'.  So for your girls, it won't be a big deal but for you and your husband it will get confusing and you will literally stutter alot.  Here are some ideas for you:


Alice and Charlotte

Amelie and Charlotte

Isabelle and Charlotte

Madeleine and Charlotte



October 29, 2015 1:46 PM

Nnames: people mix up names even if they have zero sounds in common. My mother and her siblings are the Hungarian equivalents of Eva, Julia, and Martha. It's hard to find a common thread between any pair of those names, but their grandmother was known to just say "Evajuliamartha" in one breath, because she couldn't come up with the correct label for the correct kid. Similarly, if you and your sister had been Naomi and Melinda, your parents would have said Na-Melinda or Mel-Naomi about half the time.

If there are two equal contenders for a baby's name, then similarity to a sibling's name can be a reason to upvote the other choice, but otherwise I don't think a similar syllable is reason to eliminate a name that both parents love.

October 29, 2015 2:01 PM

Very true. When she's not accidentally calling me "Mommy", my little sister sometimes calls me by my brothers' names, which sound absolutely nothing like mine. And my mom's friends, many of whom are also my friends' moms, call me by my mom's name, which also sounds nothing like mine, all the time.

Noelle and Michelle I can see being a bit more confusing, because they both have amphasis on the shared syllable. Having totally dissimilar names, however, won't eliminate the problem, only reduce it a little. I personally think Charlotte and Violet are fine.

October 29, 2015 3:44 PM

We still tease my mom about the time she handed my brother Lucas a glass of water, then looked at my brother Evan and said "Lucas, do you want a glass of water?" Lucas of course said "I already have a glass of water," to which my mother replied, "I'm not talking to you, I'm talking to Lucas." She would often go through several sibling names, plus pets and her own siblings, before landing on the right name.

I personally avoid this problem by calling everyone in my house by the same endearment--only a problem when I slip up and call some work acquaintance or total stranger honey ;-).

OP, this is totally a question of personal pronunciation and comfort level. I do say Charlotte and Violet very similarly--Violet is only one or maybe 1.25 syllables to me, and the vowel sound in the second syllable for both is pretty much a schwa (in my head my diction is very precise and -lotte sounds different from -let, but I think in reality that's not how they'd sound)--so I probably wouldn't use both on my own children. But I wouldn't judge someone else for making a different choice, and realistically probably wouldn't even notice since I'd likely only know one of the sisters, anyway.

October 29, 2015 6:13 PM

To add to my sister's Evajuliamartha story, if their cousin John was visiting, then grandma's all-one-breath name would be amended to Evajuliamarthajohn. This despite John being the only boy in their generation. The moral of the story is, people mix up names all the time, and it has nothing to do with the names themselves. As long as you're not going overboard (like naming twins Arabella and Anabella), don't let a little similarity bother you.

October 29, 2015 6:59 PM

I regularly mix up my two son's names And the dog's name And the name of our previous,  now deceased dog. None of them sound alike. I suppose the boys can add it to their list of future complaints, "Mom called me by the name of our dead dog!" 

It's just a thing that happens when you're a parent. 

October 29, 2015 6:52 PM

I say the endings roughly the same, but I don't find them too close in sound. 

In fact, I had to read the comments to, "Get," the potential issue. 

It's obviously a mater of preference, but I say use Violet! 

Viola would be another thought, but I don't like it nearly as well. 

October 29, 2015 7:55 PM

Eva Julia Martha

all end with UH - making them much more easy to confuse.

These are names you are saying 20 times a day or more, so having a bigger difference is better. 

I also think beyond this point Charolette and Violet really are very similar and in the long run both girls would prefer a name that felt more like just their own.

I'm curious what the parents new thoughts are or if there are any more names they are considering.

October 29, 2015 10:39 PM

@NNames other than Camilla and Violet we really don't have any other names... It's a very short short list! lol. I still love Violet but can see your point that in the long run the girls might like names that are more their own, just not sure I love Camilla enough to use it and I really don't have any other options that have jumped out at us so far...

October 29, 2015 11:10 PM

Violet Camilla is a lovely name! If she wanted to jettison Violet at some point, she could use Camilla. 

I am also guilty of calling my kids by the wrong name and worse, of calling my husband by one of my brothers' names, and I didn't see the problem with Charlotte and Violet. The fact that Violet has more syllables (sort of) than Charlotte helps to make it distinct. I'd mix the names up, but only because I mix up all names.

November 3, 2015 12:07 AM

And Camilla, though different in sound from Charlotte, has the same initial, which could be problematic for mail addressed to Miss C. ____, though not so if the middle names have different initials and are always used.

Camilla is very pretty, and Millie is a cute nickname, though I knew a girl called Cam growing up and it suited her tomboy nature down to the ground.

October 30, 2015 6:26 AM

My sisters' names are way more similar than Charlotte and Violet. I think it's only because the "et" ending is less common that we even notice it. No one would blink at siblings called Emily and Molly (in fact I know some).


October 30, 2015 10:32 AM

Except great-grandma was using the Hungarian equivalents of the names, and nickname forms of some of them. No shared ending sound, no shared beginning sound, no shared anything, really. The point is, names can be totally, 100% different, and people will still mix them up; a bigger difference between the names will not prevent this. (In other words, I disagree with "having a bigger difference is better", because it demonstrably makes no difference.)

October 30, 2015 2:10 AM

These are both equally beautiful names & equally loved by you, so I'd use it for sure! They sound slightly similar but they are distinct in almost every other way, so to me they make a great set.  

October 30, 2015 5:15 AM

I think they are both great names and sound good together. The way I say them they aren't very similar at all, they only share an L and T sound but the vowels are all different.

I will also echo other posters regarding name mix up not being a matter of similarity. I mix up my kids names with each other, the cats names, even my husband on occasion. Or I just say "honey". :)

October 30, 2015 7:11 AM

I'm also in agreement that it's easy to mix up any names, especially as a parent when your using them all the time, sometimes on repeat a million times a day! lol. I just wasn't sure if Charlotte and Violet  sounded unusually too rhymy or matchy so that they didn't seem to have their own individual names.  I love both but if they sounded silly and too rhymy together I'd drop Violet and go with Camilla. 

October 30, 2015 10:44 AM

I don't think Charlotte and Violet sound too matchy or rhymy. You'd have to get into Juliet and Violet territory for the matched endings to become noticable/a problem. (And even that sibset could be carried off; it'd just make it hard to name a third girl, if one happened to come along.)

October 30, 2015 11:51 AM

This, I think, must be a regional thing--to my ear, Charlotte and Violet are much closer to rhyming than Juliet and Violet (though still usable and well outside Huey, Dewey, and Louie territory).

October 30, 2015 2:21 PM

Charlotte and Violet don't sound all that similar to me. I see no problem with sisters having those names.

My daughters do in fact have names that rhyme. It's absolutely not my preference, but they were the names we loved best, and we saw no reason to use a name that we didn't like as well for daughter #2 just to avoid similarity during the relatively few years that they will share a house. My second born's preschool teacher does sometimes accidently call her by her big sister's name, both out of habit from when my first was in preschool, and also in large part because they look so much alike. It's never bothered her, she just smiles and says No I'm Tirzah!!

To echo others, I'll agree that parents will call out the name of the wrong child regardless of the similarity or lack thereof. When I was little my parents would sometimes accidently yell out one of my big brother's name when calling me, and their names sound completely different than mine. Most often they would accidently call me by one of the cat's names - Pepper and Melissa sound nothing alike. :-)

October 31, 2015 1:49 AM

I'm from the south and "git" how some might say Shar-lit and Vi-lit; but I don't think that is a terrible thing.

I echo all that's been said about them not being in the same home forever and that families call out the wrong names no matter what at times.

Violet is the name you both really want to use - go for it.