Is this a name game or a baby-naming advice blog?
No matter.Â 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.Â 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?Â 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.
Itâ€™s long been a precept of Nameberry, and of our booksâ€”dating back to Beyond Jennifer & Jason and more recently in Beyond Ava & Aiden– that names of siblings should ideally share a similar style and feel, not matchy-matchy, certainly, but complementary yet distinct.Â And thus the concept of sibsets was born.
We still feel that way, but weâ€™ve been seeing something of a backlash emerging lately.Â For instance, for the past couple of months, there has been an interesting thread on our forums, posted by a berry expressing concern about â€˜breaking the moldâ€™ set by her first daughterâ€™s very feminine name, wondering if she was locked into choosing an equally feminine name for her second or could use a completely different kind of name that she has fallen in love with. A number of interesting points were raised, some people feeling that the whole sibset obsession has gotten out of hand and is unnecessarily restrictive. Where do you stand?
Since our last round-up ofÂ Nameberry’s actual baby names of 2011 in June, thereâ€™s been a bonanza of beautifully named newbies posted on our forums–and I’m sure they’re just the tip of the iceberg.Â Once again Pam and I are blown awayÂ by theÂ fantastic choices being madeâ€”from theÂ elegantÂ Â classics to the more imaginative selections,Â including great multiple pairings and sibsets.Â Not to mention all the consistentlyÂ awesome level of berry-to-berry advice, guidance andÂ support that often leads to those choices.
Of course we can only know about the namesÂ posted on the Birth Announcements, so weÂ really hopeÂ you’llÂ enter your upcoming happy news there for all to share.Â The names below cover the period from July 1st to right now– if we’ve missed any from that time frame, please post them under Comments and we’ll be sure to add them to the list.
For those of you who donâ€™t check the Birth Announcements forum on our Message Boards or arenâ€™t yet our friends on Facebook (tsk, tsk!), we thought weâ€™d gather up the names of the newest babyberries here for all to see.Â These are allÂ baby names ofÂ 2011â€”and the year isnâ€™t even half over yet!
When Pam and I wrote our first name book back in the Era of Jennifer & Jason, it was filled with names we loved, many of which seemed quite outrÃ© to many people at that time.Â Milo?Â Felix?Â Lulu?Â Clementine?Â Araminta?Â Out of the question, we heard!
And so for us to look at a list like the one below is like a dream come trueâ€”a whole mini-universe populated by Barnabys and Beatrices, supported by such a strong community of wise and savvy advice-sharersâ€”it all makes us feel like a pair of proud virtual godmamas.
Here they are, together with sibs and nicknames, when available:
One of the most interesting blog posts we’ve done â€“ 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.Â 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