Category: sibset names
Question of the Week
Thanks to all you berries who submitted QOW ideas last week—there are definitely some goodies that we will be using! (And a special nod of thanks to anniebee, who came up with several excellent ones.)
Did you theme your kids names—by first letter, meaning, style?
If so, would you do it again or do you regret establishing a pattern?
If there’s a theme with your first two kids, are you committed to following it with a third?
There are both blatantly obvious and more subtle motifs–what’s your feeling about the practice in general?
One of the most interesting blog posts we’ve done – interesting from a research standpoint, I mean — was on individual names with the same meaning for twins.
So today I decided to spin that idea a bit differently and look for compatible names with contrasting meanings, for twins or for siblings.
I tried to come up with pairs in a range of styles. This is an exercise with near limitless potential, of course, so if any of you are inclined to search nameberry by meaning for other pairs that fit the bill, we’d love to hear your ideas.
Here, the opposing meanings and names that go with them (and each other):
Beautiful & Brilliant
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!
Humans love patterns. Just look last year’s list of popular twin names:
|Jacob & Joshua
Daniel & David
Jayden & Jordan
Ethan & Evan
Taylor & Tyler
|Gabriella & Isabella
Isaac & Isaiah
Madison & Morgan
Elijah & Isaiah
Ella & Emma
Eight pairs start with the same letter. Seven have the same rhythm. Another seven end with the same letter (and many of these nearly rhyme).
For twins and other multiples, name patterns are easy. You know the number of children and their genders ahead of time. But what if you want a name pattern for an entire sibling set? That can make things tricky. You don’t know how many children you’ll have, or what their genders will be. You also don’t know how your tastes may change over time.
If you’re thinking about a name pattern to cover all of your kids, here are three pieces of advice to consider before you begin:
Don’t lock yourself into something limiting.
Let’s say you like flowers. You have a daughter and you name her Lily. You have another daughter and name her Rose. Then another, Jasmine. And then a fourth, but…you don’t like any other flower names. Iris? Too old. Poppy? Too young. Zinnia? Too weird. Amaryllis will never be spelled correctly. And Daisy is the golden retriever down the street.
Or, let’s say you have a son named Alexander. Then you have another boy, and you decide to name him Xavier so they both have that X in common. Then baby #3–a little girl–comes along. Well, you can’t do Alexis–that’s too close to Alexander. You won’t go near Maxine because you fear maxi pad jokes. Roxanne reminds you too much of that song. Xena reminds you too much of that show. And Beatrix makes you think of rabbits.
When you play chess, you have to think ahead several moves. Look at sibling name patterns the same way. Think ahead as many kids as possible. If you can think of 10 or more usable names that fit the pattern, it’s probably a safe pattern. If you can’t, the pattern may be too limiting to be sustainable.
Consider the pros and cons of visibility.
Have you heard of the Duggars? They have nearly 20 kids, and all of those kids have a J-name. This type of name pattern is one of the easiest to spot. (Especially in large families.)