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Soundalike Names for Mom & Daughter

Jennifer,
I recently came across the name Kenley and fell in love with it. I am just concerned if I ever decide to use it if it will clash with my name, Mckenzie?

Thanks!
Mckenzie

Project Runway's Kenley Collins

Project Runway’s Kenley Collins


Hi Mckenzie,

You have to decide if there would be confusion in your household between the names Kenley and Mckenzie. Since they both have the root Ken, and end with the same ee sound, they are very similar names. I also see by your email address that you go by “Kenzie.” Is there a reason you want a name so similar to your own? I usually don’t recommend that children are named after their parents as everyone in the household should have his or her own identity.

Since it sounds like this is theoretical and you are not yet pregnant, I would see what happens when you and your partner are expecting and bring some other names to the list.

Sincerely,
Jennifer