Here's an interesting scenario:
Friends of mine have just had their second child. Their eldest daughter's name is (let's say) "Rebecca Hannah Smith". Their second daughter's name is "Hannah Madeline Smith"
What do you guys think of this - having your second child's first name the same as your first child's middle name?
I have mixed thoughts. It's sweet that the sisters share a name. But I think it would have worked better if both sisters had Hannah as their middle name (so the younger was Madeline Hannah Smith). To me, it's like "Hannah" didn't make the cut as the elder daughter's first name, but it was "good enough" for the younger daughter's first name.
Well, personally I'm not a fan, as I like names way too much to ever use the same one over again for a second child. But, I think it's more common than one might think. I have a friend my age (~30) who is Jayne Ann Smith (called "Jayne Ann"). Her younger sister is Katie Jane Smith (called "Katie"). Their mother is Marcia Jane Smith (called "Marcy"). Yes, there are two different spellings of Jane involved (same pronunciation). No, I don't really have a good explanation for it. I have to say that my friend is also interested in names and for the most part, really enjoys that she and her sister and mom share a name, even if she has no intention of replicating that with her own children.
I'm always curious about the thought process behind such things. Is it something about the repeated name that the parent really loves, so they're using it in these different permutations? Does it somehow seem like a different thing to them, because they've used it in a different position or perhaps changed the spelling slightly? Since I really like names and think about them a lot, I sometimes forget that other people don't always do that; and honestly, Jayne Ann and Katie Jane is way better, IMO, than naming your child something negative like Felony.