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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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pet names

There’s less and less difference between pet names and baby names.

The most popular puppy names of 2013, according to the website Vetstreet, include a lot of names trendy for babies: Bella, Daisy, and Sadie for females; Max, Cooper, and Jack for males.  Kitten names are also trending increasingly toward the human: Chloe and Nala, Oliver and Charlie.

All kinds of pets from hamsters to goldfish are more likely to be called by baby names these days than by a moniker like Fluffy or Fido.

And then there are the names formerly reserved for pets that are starting to be heard more and more on human babies: Bear and Coco, Bandit and Buster and Bo.

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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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Nominate the Best User Lists!

best user list

If you’ve spent any time on Nameberry, you’ve probably discovered our thousands of lists created by our users — nearly 12,000 public lists, and over 60,000 if you count the private ones!

We feature one of these user lists every day on the site, to help people discover the best lists created by Nameberry visitors and to help spotlight all our creative berries.  These user lists cover every topic imaginable, ranging from lots devoted to Favorite Names or Baby Name Ideas to such arcane topics as Names for Steampunk Aristocracy or Sky Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology. 

And now we’re looking for more wonderful user-created lists to spotlight. So please nominate your favorites for more attention, whether you created them yourself or discover them in our archives.

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What would you rename yourself, and why?

renaming yourself

We’ve asked this question before, but it’s a perennially fascinating one for name lovers: What new name would you give yourself, if you could start fresh with none of the attendant problems of name-changing?

What name do you think reflects the real you, given that you get to pick based on your actual fully-formed self, which is very different from naming a baby?

How does your name taste vary from that of your parents, and how do the changes in current styles and values influence your decision?  Do you want a name that’s more unusual or easier to understand, stronger or softer, cooler or more straightforward than the one you got when you were born?

And is the name you’d choose for yourself the name you like best, or do other factors play into your decision — and if so, what are they?

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