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Are These Sibling Names Too Similar?

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They’ve found the perfect name for a daughter. The only problem? It’s very, very similar to their son’s name. How close is too close, and does sound matter more than spelling? The Name Sage weighs in.

Caley writes:

I have a dilemma with the front-runner name if our September baby is a girl.

The name we love is Gwen. Short, sweet, simple, standalone, no other variation needed. There is nothing we do not like about this name.

The problem arises when we see it written with our son’s name, Owen.

They are clearly similar. Pronunciation-wise they are very different. However, as we approach the due date, I am worried!

We don’t like alternate spellings such as Gwyn or long-form names. Maybe we should go back to square one?

Do you think the sibset of Owen and Gwen would be no big deal or a naming faux pas?

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Nickname-Proof Boy Names

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Their lists are so close – but agreeing on the right name for their son has proven impossible! Can they find a nickname-proof name with a possible built-in nickname? It sounds crazy, but the answer might be yes …

Angela writes:

When we decided we were ready for kids, we discussed names and knew Stella was our girl name. Our daughter was born in 2014 and we named her Stella Lucille. Lucille was my grandmother’s name. Now we’re expecting our second, a boy due just in time for Thanksgiving!

Unlike with Stella’s name, there is nothing that jumps out and gives me the “This is it! The perfect name!” feeling. Every boy name seems so common to me.

I know Stella is growing in popularity, but to me it sounded fresh yet vintage. I would love something with that same feeling for our son. All of the names I see are just okay.

Our short list includes August, Bennett, Harrison, Hugh, Maxwell, Theodore, and Raymond/Ray. We also like Gus, Luke, Leo, Owen, Evan, and Ryan.

I like Owen August, but my husband doesn’t like it. I also love Bennett. It was my grandmother’s maiden name; however we have a very close friend named Ben, and it comes from the same grandmother that we honored with Stella’s middle name.

My husband’s favorites are Leo, Gus, Ryan, and Evan. He really wants a masculine, normal sounding name.

I would like a name which isn’t too common, but not off the wall. I prefer names without obvious nicknames, but since my husband is William, called Will, he doesn’t mind nicknames.

Any help you can give would be great!

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Stylish classic boy names

By Abby Sandel

Looking for the middle ground between cool, edgy boy names like Axl, Legend, and Bodhi, and quiet traditionals like Michael, Joseph, and David? You’re in luck! There’s a crop of boy names that are bona fide classics, with history galore. And yet, they still feel stylish, even fresh, in 2016.

The reigning king of stylish classics for boys has to be Sam. Keri Russell recently shared that she and Matthew Rhys welcomed son Sam in May. Russell is also mom to River and Willa with ex-husband Shane Deary. A few days later, The Bachelor alums Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici Lowe announced the arrival of their first son, Samuel Thomas.

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O Boy! Baby Names: Owen, Rocco, and Lochlan

O boy! Baby Names

By Abby Sandel

This past week, three high profile parents chose baby names for their boys featuring the letter O.

Actors Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale went with an Italian name, while Glee alum Heather Morris and husband Taylor Hubbell chose a Top 100 staple. Journalist Lynn Smith was the third, opting for a fast-rising Scottish import for her first child with new husband Graham Smith.

The most popular first letters for boys’ names in the US are J and A, with O ranking pretty far down the list. O ending names aren’t quite mainstream, either – only Leo appears in the current US Top 100.

But maybe that’s changing. After generations of Jason and Jake, Mason and Aiden, the long ‘a’ sound is everywhere, and parents are ready for something fresh.

Now the Number One name in the US is all about the letter O, as are a number of noteworthy baby names for boys.

Let’s look at some of the O baby names for boys in this week’s news:

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The Origins of Owen

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By Leslie McLean

I conceived Owen through donor insemination on a gorgeous early February night of great tenderness.  His birthday would have been in October.

We can see him, a bit like Gilbert on Leave it to Beaver, a child version of Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC.  White blonde, serious, outdoorsy.  A rock hound and butterfly lover.  A reader.  A bit stolid, a little shuffly.  My dream child, but then why not?  Why envision anything less?

Owen was actually conceived though when I was younger than ten, when I began to read and reread (and reread ) the Anne of Green Gables books.  Owen the wonderful writer who comes to marry Leslie, the tragic heroine.  The name was shining and I fell in love.

In fact, it was so shining that I locked it away for my child-bearing time and for the next couple of decades contemplated only female names, of which I accumulated hundreds.  I had named my male and it was time to name my daughters.At 27, when I had figured I would already have a child but didn’t, I did finally overcome family anxieties and learned to drive.

I named my first vehicle  (a white Toyota truck I adored) Owen, fully expecting to be driving my same-named baby around in my truck before long.  Years later, I found the list of people I had called as soon as I got my truck; it read like who I would have called if I had had a child.  The name not only meant writer to me, it meant freedom.

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