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sibling names

When i was pregnant with Baby Number 3, my older son, aged three, had lots of ideas about what I should name his little brother.

Rainbow Boy was one prime contender, I remember.

He also had an inordinate fondness for the name Jim.  Not a bad name, though I feared that for a baby name expert to name her own sons Joe and Jim might be a bit too basic, like a fashion designer dressing only in white tee shirts and jeans.

Older siblings often have strong and amusing ideas about what to name the baby.

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names too close

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

When we decided to call our daughter Clio, we forever closed the door on another favorite name – Theodore, nickname Theo.

Or did we?

For every family that decides Maya and Milo are too similar, another embraces the sound-alike names. Or insists that Alicia and Alina have totally different sounds.

Perhaps it never even occurs to the parents that Joanna and Jackson are both related to John. Or maybe the first time you think of the famous actress is when you introduce your daughter Grace, little sister to Kelly and someone asks if you’re a fan.

Siblings’ names will be said together countless times. The names we like often have much in common. So how can you tell if your choices make for a compatible sibset, or if they’re much too close?

Here are ten factors to consider:

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brother names

One of our favorite fantasies here on Nameberry is to name imaginary families.  Today’s challenge: Tell us what names you’d choose for two brothers.

A classic pair like Henry and William?  Or a stylish duo such as Sebastian and Jasper?

Two boys’ names with matching initials?  Traditional family names, or maybe a modern androgynous pair?

And how do your feelings about raising boys and boy name trends today factor into your decision?

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Name Your Girl-Boy Twins!

twin names

The Top Ten names for girl and boy twins all have matching first initials. They are:

  1. Madison and Mason
  2. Emma and Ethan
  3. Taylor and Tyler
  4. Madison and Michael
  5. Jayda and Jayden
  6. Madison and Matthew
  7. Sophia and Samuel
  8. Addison and Aiden
  9. Olivia and Owen
  10. Zoe and Zachary

While we don’t advocate matches as close as Taylor and Tyler or Jayda and Jayden, choosing compatible but distinct names that start with the same first letter, such as Sophia and Samuel or Zoe and Zachary, can be one good way to draw girl-boy twins closer together.

So our challenge to you today is to name your own girl and boy twins with the same first initial.

As always, we love hearing the reasons behind your pick.  And if you want to name more than one set of twins, by all means, name away!

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matching names

by Angela Mastrodonato, Upswing Baby Names

Did you give all of your dolls perfectly coordinating names as a child? Maybe you had dolls named Sandra and Chandra. (OK so you probably didn’t name your dolls Sandra and Chandra; this is just a random example. Please go with it.) Maybe once you became a teen that same combo grated on your nerves.

Opinions vary widely on how much sibling names should match. And the rules can be different for same gender vs. opposite gender siblings and twins.

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