Students with the same name

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  1. 5throx

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    I know this sounds stupid, but I'm still at a loss.
    I'm a second year teacher, and last year plus all my student teaching and practicums combined I never encountered this problem.
    I got my class list the other day and I have 4 students with the same name. I've never even dealt with a class with two students with the same name, let alone 4.
    How have you handled students with the same name in the past?
    Any creative solutions?
     
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  3. soleil00

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    In my student teaching, we had two Maria's in my class. We just added their last names. We called one 'Maria A.' and the other was 'Maria M.'

    It was... annoying at first but it definitely helped ease the confusion between the two girls.
     
  4. MrsC

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    In my first year, I had 3 Matt's--all their last names began with "B" and two of them began with "Br". They became "Matt B.", "Matt Brer" and "Matt Bro".
     
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    I once had a class with 3 Franciscos and 4 Franciscas. It was incredible. They opted to go with different nicknames, like Stevie and 4. We managed, but I won't say that it wasn't a struggle.
     
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    I have a fairly common name, Amanda, so I often had another one in my class. Sometimes the teacher would do the first name last initial thing, other times they would ask for a middle or nickname. 4 is a lot though, good luck!
     
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    First names? Or first and last?

    It's rare that I don't have multiples of the same first name within a class. It's no real big deal-- you LOOK at the kid you're calling on as a matter of habit.

    Last year I had one of 2 kids in the same grade with the same first, middle and last names-- completely unrelated. On every official school document, each had the initial of the town in which he lived to differentiate the two.
     
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    I think every year I've had at least two students with the same name. I usually use the last initial. Last year one of the moms asked me to use his first and middle name instead, so I did that.
     
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    With boys I found they liked when I addressed them just by their last name. These were really sporty boys, however, and I think they liked it because it was what their coaches did. Last year I did the same with the girls, and they thought it was cute too for the same reason-they felt like I was their coach.
     
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    Can I guess the name? Is it Liam, Owen, Emma, or Sophie/Sophia?
     
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    No way! I'm betting it's a Matt...:p
     
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    I've never had students with the same name but I agree with stampinteacher that boys love to be called by their last names for some reason.
    This is what I would do.
     
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    Yeah, Matt! Or Tyler.
     
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    For the last two years, my daughter had the same name as her teacher. We use first names. My daughter was nicknamed Momo for two years. She chose the name based on Avatar the last Airbender, and it is an obvious short form of her name. Later we found out it means Peach in Japanese. She's 1/4 Japanese <3
     
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    I used to teach in an all girls high school, during the height of the Jennifer craze.

    I went to Europe with 50 girls on year. No exxageration, easily 15 of them were named Jennifer.
     
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    There were 9 Michelles in my 9th grade class in 1984. Haha
     
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    Last year, two boys had the same name... just added the second initial. Fairly easy. :)
     
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    LOL... I have never had any of those names in my classroom. :) Ever.

    Over the years, my most common names have been (at least duplicated twice): Jacob (3x), Joe/Joey/Joseph (3x), Benjamin (2x), Brittany/Brittney (3x), Tyler (2x), Matthew (feels like many times), Jonathan (2x), Samantha (3x), Ryan (feels like many times)...

    The year I was with Scholastic, I had 21 out of 22 names that I never had before. Lucky them. :)
     
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    Hey, thanks for all the ideas, and for those of you who are curious the name is Luis.
     
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    For HS students with the same first name, I use their last name when I really want their attention. Or their first and last together.
     
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    One year I had four Kaitlyns, all spelled differently.

    The year I had four Matts the boys decided to do this - take the first letter of their last name and replace the M in Matt with that letter. So we had Patt, Ratt, Matt and Batt. The class loved it!
     
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    I had three Gabriella's this year. I called them Gabriella, Gaby, and G.G. They loved it!
     
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    I teach 6th and had 2 boys w/ the same name. I would sometimes call them by Mr. lastname. Especially if they were in trouble.
     
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    I had 2 Olivias and 2 Julias last year. I'd either use last initial with first name or first name, last name, or 'Miss last name' when referring to one.:)
     
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    How fun!
     
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    Last year, I had two Madisyn/Madisons... one was Madi and the other Mads or last name. Two years ago, I had four Jacobs... I ended up using Jacob, Jake, and the last names of the other two- They both had the same last initial. The year before that I had three Zach/Zachary... that was a nightmare too.

    This year I have the Zachs again.. only two this time so it should be easier. :)
     
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    Call them Miss Smith, Miss Jones, Miss....

    Double names for me have been...
    Megan, Jacob, Austin, Zachary, Katelyn, Emily, Madison, Ava,
     
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    on year, in my class, I had :
    5 nicholas's!! ( honest!!)
    2 michaels
    2 christines
    2 brians and 1 ryan!

    luckily I went out on maternity leave!
     
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    Missy, sounds like you let the kids solve their situation. They always have such a unique take on things... I would never have thought of the Patt Batt... kudos! :thumb:

    It's so curious how my list of common names in unheard of for other teachers! What do you think the variable is? Region? I think I'll start a thread !

    Luis! I know a few Luiss, too (oh why can't I put an apostrophe there to make it look sane??)
     
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    My first year I had 3 Katelynn's--they went by Kate, Katie, and Katelynn (they still do, and they are seniors!).

    Last year I had 2 Tanner's, both with the same last initial. They used their middle initials, so Tanner L. and Tanner D. We call them L and D.
     
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    It never fails, I have had atleast 2 students with the same name every year. Sometimes I just call them both by their last name. Sometimes I just choose one of them to go by last name and the other the first name. All depends on the students. One year the last names never caught on for either student, so they both turned and looked at me every time I said their name, made things interesting.
     
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    Here we use first and last name for those with names in common. Last year my repeated names were Iker (three) and for girls, Ainhoa (also 3). The popularity of "Iker" is from Iker Casillas, goalie for Real Madrid.
     
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    When I was in kindergarten, I was one of a couple Amandas, so I was called "Amanda K." (my last initial). Unfortunately, my middle name is Kaye, so for the first couple weeks of school, I thought I was in trouble! (That was the only time my mom used my first and middle name...)
     
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    For students here, we usually use first name, last initial or different forms (Jon/Jonathan). With only one class per grade, the students usually have it worked out by the time they get to me!
     
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    This past year I had two students with the name Jesus...so I asked them on the first day if it was okay with them to call them by their initials (J.J. and J.S.) They were fine with it and it worked out well.
     
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    This year I had a situation that would have driven me nuts in a traditional setting. I had two girls with the same first and last name, ALMOST the same middle name. Let's just say one was Lisa Rae Johnson and the other was Lisa Renee Johnson. Trying to keep track of them on paper was rough enough.
     
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    I would much prefer to call them by those initials than their name. :crosseyed
     
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    Why?
     
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    Callmebob, have you never heard the Spanish pronunciation of Jesus?
     
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    I have, and thats what I don't like. To me, there is one way you say that name.
     
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    holy crap.
     
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