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Gender: Female Origin of Sister: Word name

The name Sister is a girl's name . Sister and is often added to lists like Wonderful Word Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Add siblings to these famous fictional families".

From the experts:

Sister is an old-timey nickname-name for girls, ranking in the Top 1000 as a proper name for girls until the beginning of the 20th century. But more often, Sister was used as a nickname in the truest sense of the word, not a short form ala Kathy but a nickname in the way that Chip and Bud are. Or maybe Junior is a more appropriate name analogy: Sister was sometimes the nickname given to the only girl in a family of boys, so literally a descriptive word name like Junior.

In the most recent year counted, Sister was given as a full name to zero baby girls in the US and was probably used in a casual way by not that many more.

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Famous People Named Sister

Sister Souljah (born Lisa Williamson), American author and activist
Sister Bliss, stage name of Ayalah Deborah Bentovim, English keyboardist of Faithless
Sister Nancy, stage name of Ophlin Russell, Jamaican dancehall singer
Kid Sister, stage name of Melisa Young, American rapper
Sister Roma, stage name of Michael Williams, American drag queen

Pop Culture References for the name Sister

Sister Bear, bear character in children's book series "The Berenstain Bears"
Sister Grimm aka Nico Minoru, character in Marvel Comics
Twisted Sister, American rock band
Sister Hazel, American rock band
Sister Toni, character on TV's "The L Word"
Sister Sledge, American music group
"Sister Christian," song by Night Ranger
"Sister," 2012 Swiss film
"Sister Carrie," novel by Theodore Dreiser
Kid Sister, a brand of life-size doll
Sister, term for a nun in several religious traditions


Ella Says:


I live in the south but have never heard this used as a nickname.

Galaxystar28 Says:


SISTER?! HAHAHAHAHAHA.... Please tell me this a joke.

JennaW Says:


What a shame if Sister was an only child and nobody's sister

pam Says:


Hi! We are actually real people who've written ten books about names and created this site, so if you'd like to suggest a name for us to add, we'd love to hear it -- we add new names all the time. But please don't make snarky comments referring to us as "they" on the site -- you are welcome to email us at or if you have a suggestion or issue. Thanks.

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Zelliew Says:


Even nuns choose a saint's name to go after the "sister"

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Seriously? Nameberry should be putting more REAL names! Like Jing, that name isnt on here yet!

Haids1987 Says:


As in the Berenstein Bears character?

princessmadison Says:


Wow! And she has a mother named mother and a father named father

caroblaise Says:


And she has a brother named Brother

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Should DEFINITELY not be used as a name. Ever.

MaryKathryn Says:


In the south this is actually used as a nickname

freddiethepink Says:


Sometimes I think the nameberry admin get bored and add random WORDS to the database to see if anyone notices...

raevynstar Says:


What the #$#%$%&^??????? You have GOT to be kidding me!