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Facebook same name couple to wed

Kelly Carl Hildebrandt (left and right)

Kelly Hildebrandt – left and right. He calls her “baby doll”

A couple with the same name who found each other through social networking website Facebook are to tie the knot.

Kelly Katrina Hildebrandt, 20, was bored one evening last year when she put her name into the site and came across Kelly Carl Hildebrandt, 24.

She sent the only other Kelly Hildebrandt, of Lubbock, Texas, a message and they became friends.

Ms Hildebrandt, a student from Miami, Florida, said she believed the chain of events was “all God’s timing”.

Her fiance described her first message to him, in April last year, as reading: “Hi. We had the same name. Thought it was cool,” reports the Associated Press news agency.

He said: “I thought she was pretty cute.”

Mr Hildebrandt admitted, however, that he had worried they might be related.

Nevertheless, the two were soon in daily contact by phone and e-mail and he “fell head over heels” after visiting her in Florida.

In December, she found a diamond engagement ring he had hidden in a treasure box on a beach.

“I thought it was fun. I had no idea it would lead to this,” Mr Hildebrandt said.

The couple plan to tie the knot in October and have confirmed that they do not plan to pass their first names on to any future offspring.

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