DH and I are considering the name Lucian (LOO-shun) for a boy. I really like the name, but I have a nephew (whom we see and interact with often) whose name is Luke, and I'm concerned that the closeness of the two names will rub my DH's family the wrong way. Not that I would choose a name based on their preferences or anything, but I'm not out to step on their toes, either. What do you think? Are my concerns unfounded?
A name question...
I don't think they are very similar, but I think it's great that you are considering their feelings. Maybe ya'll could ask the brother or sister whose child is named Luke how they would feel about it? My husband's name is Matt (Matthew) and my sister named her child R. Matthew and she called me when she was thinking about it to ask if we thought we would want to name one Matt or if we did whether we minded if she used it, too. We didn't mind, but I really appreciated her consideration in asking! Also, dh's cousin gave her child who was born a couple months after my son the same name we used as a middle name for her child's first name and I was a little off put by that....although it shouldn't have bothered me! But again, I think those are two totally different names, so it shouldn't be an issue in your situation, imo.
I don't think they are similar enough to worry. If you were thinking Luka and they had a Luke, then I might say they were too similar, but I think these are far enough apart. In Russian Lucian is Lukyan and it is similar to Luka, which is the Russian version of Luke. We're probably going to name this one Luka, but we've received a lot of Lukyan comments... My husband's grandmother's father was Luka and in Russia we use the Father's name as the middle name (So, my husband is Semyon, our daughters middle name is Semyonovna and our son will be Semyonovich) and for some reason my husband's grandmother went by Galina Lukyanovna sometimes, even though her father wasn't Lukyan, he was Luka... But I think they sound more similar in Russian than they do in English! :)