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Are there any two distinct given names that have the same pronunciation? There are many such among, for example, Japanese-language and Chinese-language given names. I wonder if there are any in English/Western given names.

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But let's exclude cases where one is a shorthand or a "variant spelling" of, and hence somewhat closely related to the other. Examples:

Summary:

Examples of names that are homophones:

  • Mark, Marc
  • Neil, Niall†
  • Gene, Jean
  • Sherry, Cherie

† Neale is not included as it is a surname but I only want to include given names for this question.

Unideal answers as the two names arguably are alternate spellings of the same name:

  • Brian, Bryan
  • Ian, Iain
  • Jon, John

Unideal answers as the two names are not typically homophones:

  • Dawn, Don
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    What do you mean by 'distinct'? Spelled differently, have different meanings,....? Oct 30, 2017 at 23:58
  • Spelt differently.
    – Computist
    Oct 31, 2017 at 0:08
  • Leslie and Lesley; Jon and John; Lawrence and Laurence.
    – Nigel J
    Oct 31, 2017 at 0:19
  • Brian and Bryan
    – Nigel J
    Oct 31, 2017 at 0:20
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    As for English you want two distinct names, which you define as "spelt differently" but you don't want names that are variant spellings of each other? I'm still not clear what you want. Oct 31, 2017 at 12:15

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Gene (short for Eugene, but also a name in it's own right) and Jean (Scottish version of Jane).

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Lots: Ian/Iain, John/Jon, Mark/Marc, ...

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  • More to the point (because less obviously variants of the same name): Neil/Neale/Niall.
    – Colin Fine
    Oct 31, 2017 at 0:11
  • But let's exclude cases where one is a shorthand or a casual variant, and hence somewhat closely related to the other. It seems John and Jon are not "distinct" if "Jon" is taken as an "alternate spellings" of "John" as indicated in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon.
    – Computist
    Oct 31, 2017 at 0:13
  • 'Neale' is only a surname, I want given names only.
    – Computist
    Oct 31, 2017 at 0:13
  • @Computist Neal, Neil and Niall are all commonly employed as forenames, and even Neale is not unknown as a forename. Oct 31, 2017 at 0:18
  • Sherry (either from the Irish surname Ó Searraigh or short for Sherryl) and Cherie (originally from the French word chérie meaning dear or darling). So three etymologies, two spellings, and the same pronunciation in American English. Oct 31, 2017 at 0:47

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