Hello, So I know there is generally said to be a writing rule against shared first names (sometimes even names that sound too similar, especially if used in the same scene). But I also know this isn't always followed strictly, for example George R. R. Martin intentionally broke it for a few characters. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell also has two characters called John and one called Jonathan. Various historical fictions may also have shared first names from real characters with common first names. I think the key thing there is to use surnames, titles and nicknames for such characters. For example in Jonathan Strange, no-one refers to Childermass or Segundus as "John" and "Jonathan" is easier to tell apart, especially since he is often referred by his full name. But what do people think? What do you personally do? Have you ever had characters with the same first name and if so how do you handle that?