Since our last round-up of Nameberry’s actual baby names of 2011 in June, there’s been a bonanza of beautifully named newbies posted on our forums–and I’m sure they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Once again Pam and I are blown away by the fantastic choices being made—from the elegant classics to the more imaginative selections, including great multiple pairings and sibsets. Not to mention all the consistently awesome level of berry-to-berry advice, guidance and support that often leads to those choices.
Of course we can only know about the names posted on the Birth Announcements, so we really hope you’ll enter your upcoming happy news there for all to share. 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 don’t check the Birth Announcements forum on our Message Boards or aren’t yet our friends on Facebook (tsk, tsk!), we thought we’d gather up the names of the newest babyberries here for all to see. These are all baby names of 2011—and the year isn’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 outré to many people at that time. Milo? Felix? Lulu? Clementine? Araminta? Out of the question, we heard!
And so for us to look at a list like the one below is like a dream come true—a whole mini-universe populated by Barnabys and Beatrices, supported by such a strong community of wise and savvy advice-sharers—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 – 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
We’ve talked a lot here about sibsets—those hopefully harmonious pairings of the names of the brothers and sisters in a family, and the elements to consider in order to achieve that harmony—sound, tone, style, syllables….matchy-matchy or not for twins…
Taking all that into consideration, the question of the week is:
What is the best sibset you’ve ever heard—and/or- -if you’re so inclined– what’s the worst? (Twins and other multiples included.)
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!