Category: sibling baby names
My husband would like to keep the vowel theme going, but doesn’t want a name that’s too popular. I personally am a fan of softer-sounding names that begin with S or M. We’d also take into consideration the nickname: we sometimes call our children Ave and Zay.
Here are the names we’ve discussed so far:
We’re turning around the Question of the Week format, so that you ask the questions of us and of the general Berry population.
Looking for advice on naming your baby? Negotiating a name problem with your partner or mother-in-law? Or simply have a larger name question you’d like to ask the crowd? Send your question to email@example.com and maybe we’ll choose it for this column.
Our first-ever Berry Question of the Week comes from Lindy Diamond, a South African mother of two adorable little girls (that’s them in the photo) who’s expecting her third daughter and needs help in finding a name that fits her tight parameters. Lindy writes:
“I have two daughters, with another one on the way in two months time – making me one week overdue for a three under three award! My first daughter is Ariella Jaime Diamond – we call her Ari for short. The second is Aerin Michaela Diamond, just Aerin at the moment.
Is this a name game or a baby-naming advice blog?
No matter. The idea is that some people want to choose sibling names that all start with the same letter, and there really (really!) isn’t anything wrong with that. It can give your family a nice cohesive feel and, as long as the names aren’t too matchy-matchy or you don’t have 20 kids (I’m looking at you, Duggars), provide a simple theme that unifies your children’s names.
So what are some good sibling names for each letter of the alphabet? Berries, I can hear you flexing your typing fingers to let us know your picks, and I hope you will.
Some ideas of our own, with two girls’ names and two boys’ for each letter that we could imagine co-existing in the same family, in any combination.
British baby names seem especially fascinating to our American sensibilities, familiar and exotic at the same time. Once every handful of months, I allow myself a visit to the Birth Announcements in the London Telegraph, the way one might ration such indulgences as a banana split or a day in bed with a good book. And each time I report back to the devoted berries, I try to take a different view of the Telegraph’s baby name offerings.
This time, the focus is sibsets: Groups of distinctly British and delightfully quirky names. While I hate to leave such delicious choices as Constanza Una Honoria or Reuben Clarence William behind — and look there!, I didn’t have to! — there’s something new to be gained by seeing these choices with their brother and sister names.
British baby names and sibsets from the most recent Telegraph viewing:
A lot of the discussions about sibling names on the nameberry message boards come down to one question: Does flow matter?
To some parents, flow seems to be the most important quality, and any names of little brothers and sisters have to “flow” — be perfectly compatible in sound and feel — from the names that came before.
Some passionate berries, as nameberry aficionados have come to be called, talk about sibsets: groups of sibling names high on flow.
To others, flow and sibsets matter less….or not at all.
What’s YOUR feeling about sibling names? How much does flow matter? Did you think about sibsets when choosing names?
And what, in your opinion, are some of the best and worst sibling names you’ve ever heard? Tell all!