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Sister and Brother Names

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To clear up any misunderstanding, let me say straight off that these are not literally sister and brother names — you would decidedly NOT want to name your children Oliver and Olivia or Seren and Soren.

What we’re talking about are names themselves that are closely related, male and female versions of names with similar sounds and feels, too close to bestow on actual siblings but offering parents boys’ and girls’ choices of what are virtually if not literally the same names.

We’ve written a lot recently about unisex names — the same name used for both genders, like Rory or Emerson — and we’ve also touched on the recent phenomenon of boys’ names that have risen to popularity on the coattails of their trendy sisters: Emmett from Emma, for instance, or Everett from the Eve contingent.

That can work the other way too, with a fashionable boys’ name inspiring the rise of a similar-sounding sister name.  In fact, does it really matter which gender’s popularity comes first?  We see a lot of trendy names these days with both female and male counterparts, so that if you’re attracted to a certain sound or style, you can use whichever version of the name fits your baby’s gender.

Some of these pairs, like Alexa and Alexander or Felicity and Felix, are connected in a conventional way: the female name is literally an offshoot of the male name.

But others don’t share an origin and developed separately, only to be connected at this point in baby name history by their similar feel and the desire on the part of parents for baby name parity, even if they’re not interested in using unisex names.

We focused on popular names here, most of them in the U.S. Top 400, but you’ll find similar male-female pairs all the way down the list.

The one downside with these names is that, for the most part, the pairs won’t work as literal sister and brother names.  So if you name your daughter Eliza, you can’t name her little brother Elijah.

AdaAiden

Alexis or AlexaAlexander or Alex

AriannaAaron or Adrian

AshleyAsher

AudreyAuden or Austin

AuroraOrion or Rory

AvaAvery

BriannaBrian or Brandon

BrooklynBrooks

CamilleCameron or Camden

CharlotteCharles

ChloeCole

CoraCorbin

EliseElias

ElizaElijah 

EllaEli

EllieElliot

Emma —- Emmett

Eva or EvelynEvan or Everett

FelicityFelix

Finley or QuinnFinn

GabriellaGabriel

GraceGrayson

HarperHunter

Hadley or HaleyHayden

Isabella or IslaIsaac or Isaiah

JadeJaden

JasmineJasper

Jocelyn or JosieJosiah

Julia or JulietJulian

KateCato or Kayden

KeiraKieran

KylieKyle

LeahLiam or Levi or Leo

LucyLucas

Luna or LuciaLuca

Madison or MaciMason

MakaylaMalachi

MiaMicah

MilaMilo or Miles

MillieMiller

NatalieNathan or Nathaniel

OliviaOliver

RomyRoman

SamanthaSamuel

SerenSoren

StellaStellan

TheaTheo

Willa or WillowWilliam

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