9 Great Celebrity Sibsets of 2015
By Abby Sandel
Naming your first child is tough because it’s a blank slate. Are you the daring type, or should you stick with the classics? Was your husband serious when he suggested naming a boy after Great Uncle Herman?
But that doesn’t mean it’s any easier to name a second child. Kim Kardashian has talked about her struggles to name her new son. Maybe it’s because Kim and Kanye’s daughter has such a standout name. North is a bold choice for any child, but if your last name is West? That’s a name that could only happen in Hollywood.
While we wait to hear what Kim and Kanye have in mind for baby number two – and Kim, we have some ideas – let’s take a look at the best younger sibling names of 2015 arrivals. They’re good names on their own, but when combined with their siblings, these make for some of the best high profile sibsets of 2015.
Not only are the names noteworthy, but they offer some tips about how to name a second – or third or fourth – child of your own, too.
Laila and Louis – Sandra Bullock’s adopted a second child. Her daughter’s name is Laila – rhymes with Kyla. While Laila and Louis aren’t quite the same style, the shared first letter links the two names nicely. Sure, it’s possible to go overboard with matching initials. But in his case, it seems like a nice way to demonstrate family unity.
Holt and Harper – Actors Tiffani Thiessen and Patrick Smith stuck to the same first initial for their children’s names, too. The couple went with rising favorite Harper for their daughter in 2010. This past summer, they added son Holt to their family. Not only do these names share a first letter, like Laila and Louis, they’re also both surname names. No wonder Harper and Holt sound just like siblings.
Vivienne and Theodore – Ali Larter and husband Hayes MacArthur chose current classics for their two children: son Theodore, and daughter Vivienne, born early in 2015. It’s a style that lets you have your cake and eat it, too. Names like Josephine or Henry, Amelia or Charlie that can be on-trend without being trendy. It’s also the kind of style that works for a large family. I can easily imagine Ali and Hayes welcoming four more kids without running out of name ideas.
Charlotte and George – If Kim and Kanye feel the pressure to name North’s little brother, can you imagine what Will and Kate must have felt? Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge arrived this May, complete with all the fanfare due to the daughter of a future monarch. Her name hit exactly the right note, too – thoroughly royal, with a loving nod to William’s late mother. It’s the perfect sister name for George Alexander Louis.
Rafael and Carmen – Alec Baldwin’s wife Hilaria was born in Spain, so their family is one of many looking for names that work nicely in Spanish as well as English. But instead of Isabella or Sofia, they chose the tailored, musical, and unexpected Carmen for their daughter in 2013. In June of this year, they added son Rafael to their family. It’s another graceful crossover name that isn’t quite what you might have guessed.
Wolfe, Kenzo, Aoki, and Ming – Model turned designer and reality television star Kimora Lee Simmons has four children with truly international names. Kimora’s heritage is Japanese, Korean, and African-American, so no surprise that she’s chosen names that reflect a global perspective. New son Wolfe, born in April, is her first with new husband, banker Tim Leissner.
Montgomery, Elula, and Olive – Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen welcomed their first child in 2007, daughter Olive. It proved to be an ahead-of-the-trend choice. Second daughter Elula’s name was even bolder. Now son Montgomery Moses Brian has joined the family, and his name could prove to be another rising choice.
Edith, Ignatius, Roman, and Dashiell – Call it vintage eclectic. Cate Blanchett and husband Andrew Upton have four children, each with a name that’s old-fashioned, and yet feels fresh and intriguing. While all four names have a certain antique charm, they’re all distinctive, surprising choices, too. This is my favorite celebrity sibset of the moment, surpassing even the influential Jolie–Pitt family.
What are your favorite celebrity sibsets?