My wife and I share the abbreviated form of our name - Alex derived from Alexandra and Alexander respectively. As we are married, we have the same christian and surname when used in the short form.

I was wondering if anyone is aware of a term for this? I would assume one exists because I know of several examples i.e. Sam(antha) and Sam(uel) Clark the chefs who are known as Sam and Sam Clark.

Many thanks for any assistance.

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    I’d say the term for that situation is confusing. :)
    – tchrist
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 21:33
  • Why bring religion into it?
    – Robusto
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 21:43
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    @Robusto He didn’t.
    – tchrist
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 22:27
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    @tchrist - yep, very surprised by the number of people who don't understand the distinction between Alexandra and Alexander.
    – Alex
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 22:44
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    @SouthpawHare: almost worth an ELU question...I looked it up...it's an older (currently not common )way of referring to given name ('first name' in English culture) as opposed to family name ('last name').
    – Mitch
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 3:20

2 Answers 2


We just say we're in a same-name relationship.

Chris and Chris


How about homonymic, the adjective form of homonym, meaning "same name."

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