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Naming Baby Number Two

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Let’s face it : the blank slate of naming your first child can be intimidating.

Will you stick with the classics?  Or would you be happier with a Cricket instead of a Charlotte, a Wylie rather than a William?  You’ve always liked your mother’s maiden name, Davis, and then there’s his fabulous Great Aunt Marguerite – but do you want to hand down family names, or is it better to start fresh?  Is Wyatt too trendy?  Is Cordelia too obscure?

It’s a riddle, but despite dire warnings of name regret, most parents seem to choose a perfectly suitable name for their firstborn.

Welcoming a second child means that you’ve got a crib and car seat already, but when it comes to names, you’re back at the beginning.

Or are you?  Because not only will you revisit many of the questions from the first round, you’ll also have to consider whether baby #2’s name matches, clashes – or matches too much – with the big brother or sister-to-be.

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Good things came in twos this week, as the baby name news was dominated by interesting sets of twins, and two new ends-with-R names for boys.

Let’s start with the letter R.

This past spring, the mainstream media picked up on a phenomenon we name nerds have long recognized: two-syllable, ends-with-N names for boys are big.  Whether we’re talking chart toppers like Aiden and Mason, or new inventions like Zennon and Dreyson, N has been the go-to letter for ending boys’ names in recent years.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

This surely must be a record–a bonaza of four pairs of twin babyberries in one month!  And, of course, all beautifully named. The three girl-boy pairs and one girl-girl are:

Larissa Orchid Celeste and Richard Henry Celio

Wesley James and Juliet Elise

Britton Adelaide Kenzli and Jackson Luke Zachariah

Ingrid Adele and Odette Frances

Lots of other interesting choices as well–a girl named Sinclaire, boys named Kiefer and O’Neill, middle names Reverie, Hawthorne and AxEl (sic). Also noted: boy names featuring the letter Z–Ezra, Ezekiel, Lazlo– and jewel names Ruby and Opal for girls.

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By Melissa Willets

One of my daughters likes quesadillas, but not grilled cheese. My other daughter feels the opposite: grilled cheese is okay, but she won’t eat quesadillas. I’ve never understood it. Both have cheese inside!

Recently, while preparing two similar, yet different lunches for my kids, I was thinking about my girls’ middle names. That’s when I had an “Aha!” moment. It’s what’s in the middle that matters. Lightbulb! I should stop giving my girls such a hard time about their lunch preferences.

Because really, what sandwiches the cheese, be it bread, or a tortilla, is a matter of taste, and may evolve over time. Hey, just last week my youngest asked for a grilled cheese on a hamburger bun. Go figure.

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Brother and Sister Names in the News

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

If naming your first child is a challenge, naming baby number two – and maybe three and four – can start to feel like a puzzle.  Should you repeat first initials?  Should everyone share the same first initial?  If your son’s name is a Top 20 standard, is it okay to give your daughter a name that’s never cracked the Top 1000?  How about honor names?  If your daughter is named after your grandmother, will his grandmother expect to be next?

There’s no right answer, but there is a right choice for every family.  This week, sibsets were in the baby name news – and on my mind.

Blame it on a trip to the zoo.  We’re lucky enough to live in the Land of Bao Bao, also known as Washington DC, home to the Smithsonian National Zoo.  As we crowded into the panda habitat the other morning, parents called their kids’ names.  Mostly Sophia, with Noah, Aiden, and Hayden tossed in for good measure.

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