Category: Sibling and Multiple Names
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.
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.
This Question of the Week is inspired by a tweet from one of our berries, who said that Pearl and Rome were her two favorite June-inspired baby names. Both great names, I commented, but would she use them together, for a brother and a sister? (And in case you’re wondering, her answer was: Of course!)
Which got me thinking about brother and sister names. Families with two children, one boy and one girl, are the most common configuration in the U.S., so choosing names for one brother and one sister is the naming challenge the greatest number of us will have to face.
So let’s hear your picks for brother and sister names. If you had to choose names for one boy and one girl, which would you pick…..or which did you pick? And why?
What are the best brother and sister names you’ve heard? The not-so-best? What advice would you give about brother and sister names?
Look up at the top of this page at the Nameberry Ticker. See it there, above the striped line — the thing that moves from left to right, broadcasting which names people are searching on Nameberry right that very moment?
(If you’re reading this on a phone, sorry, you’re not going to be able to see it. But rush to your nearest computer and check it out right away!!)
We sometimes get mesmerized by the Nameberry Ticker. Sometimes we think: What if we had to choose all our children’s names from the 12 or 14 names that show up on the ticker at any one moment? Could we do it. and what would we choose?
Often, the ticker yields surprisingly compatible choices. A few minutes ago, for instance, I put together a little family of son Blaze and daughters Elodie and Lyra. I could live with that. And now, I’m intrigued by the possibility of sons Lafe and Reynolds along with daughters Tilda and Carmelita.
But what about you? We challenge you to look at the ticker right this very minute and choose your children’s names from the group that’s passing by. You can pick as few as one or as many as a dozen, but you have to like them well enough to really plausibly live with them.
As always, bonus points for telling us your reasons: similar vintage, style, rhythm? Or just the most compatible choices up there at the moment?
Photo from Beverly & Pack via Flickr.
Okay, we know you might not really choose to theme all your children’s names.
But if you had to choose a name theme, which one would you choose?
Would you give all your children names that start with the same letter, like one friend of ours, whose four children’s names all start with Z?
Or maybe you’d cultivate a family of sisters who all charmingly have flower names: Azalea, Magnolia, Lotus. Or perhaps you’d pick color names as your theme, or Irish names, or mythological names, or royal names, or circus-themed names — Barnum, Bailey, and Ring?