Can You Date Someone With The Same Name As Your Ex?

I recently ran into the problem of whether or not I could date someone who had the same name as my dad. I googled it, read many blogs on the subject, and then realized how silly that was. If I really liked someone – why did it matter what their name was? Also I have never in my life called my dad by his first name so it really wouldn’t be a reminder to me of anything. I never went on a date with the guy anyway, but at least I know for the future.

But then I ran into the problem on whether or not I could date someone who had the same name as my ex.

There’s a lot more attached to the name of someone I used to date than there is to a friend or a family member who I don’t even call by that name.  It seems crazy that something so little and pretty irrelevant could make such an impact on the decision to date someone.

Firstly, it’s a little weird just to have a boyfriend with the same name as your ex. Secondly, your friends are going to get so confused when you start talking about your new boyfriend.  Can you imagine the look on their faces when they’re listening to you and think you’re telling a story about the ex whose photos you burned together on the porch? And lastly, you just have so many memories attached to that name. And they’re probably not good ones. If they are good ones, you’re probably not even over your ex and then this kind of just sounds like an odd replacement for you.

It all depends on how long you dated the person for and how much they mean to you now.

Would I date someone who has the same name as the ex I dated for four years? No. That seems a little drastic, but he also broke my heart and ruined a good portion of my life. I don’t want to jinx myself somehow and potentially go down that road again. Unless I could call him some kind of variation of the name, it probably wouldn’t work out.

Would I date someone who has the same name as the guy I dated for three months but never actually committed to? Yes, I think so.  Because I honestly forgot about 90% of our “relationship” and even though the parts I remember are still bad, I don’t care enough about that ex or that name to turn down someone new just because they have the same name.

It seems silly, until you’re put into that position. Would you date someone with the same name as your ex?

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22 thoughts on “Can You Date Someone With The Same Name As Your Ex?

      1. I currently am and in all honesty, if you meet a great person, totally different, new person, who has nothing to do with your ex, but unfortunately happens to have the same name, how silly and irrational it is to refuse seeing him? Its just a name. I date people based on their personality. What if you miss the love of your life just because of a name?

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      2. so true! It’s really all up to you on how comfortable you were with the break up and if you can move forward without any memories being attached to the name, but it really is just a name.

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  1. My ex of 6 months (we ended two months ago) is with another girl with my name….that’s weird right?

    Like I don’t think I could do that so soon. After maybe 4 years I could be with another guy with his name… depending on if we still had some sort of friendship or not. But that’s pretty soon right, I’m freaked out about it.

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    1. It’s definitely something I would have a hard time getting past, like how are you not reminded of your ex when you say their name? Maybe it makes it easier, less names to confuse haha but I don’t think I’d be able to do it.

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  2. How about dating a guy with the same name as the father of your children, whom is still in your life? I intentionally avoid men with any name close to his. I somehow ended up meeting someone on a dating and didn’t find out his name until we started texting, it wasn’t the exact same but they had the same prefix… it lasted 3 weeks…

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  3. I’m dealing with a similar thing right now. My ex has the same name (and name variation) as a really great guy I’m currently talking to. It’s been a while since that relationship and I feel healed from the experience, but it still strikes me as strange. I’ll have to give it a chance cause he seems awesome, but we’ll see.

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