Blending Baby Names for a Modern Brady Bunch Family

When your family has his, mine, and ours, how do you name your children together?

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After many years apart, these high school sweethearts are welcoming a daughter together. But how do they find a baby name that fits with their modern Brady Bunch?

Chelsea writes:

My husband and I are at a loss for a name for our baby girl, who will be born this spring.

We dated through high school and college, went our separate ways, and now have been back together and married for a little over two years.

While we were apart, we both had children of our own: for my husband, a daughter named Kaydence; for me, a son named Greyson.

We are so excited to be capping our family off with a sibling for these two to share. But we just can’t name her!

My husband wants something pretty. He’s suggested Ava, Savannah, and Avery.

I prefer something unique, as I wasn’t aware of how popular Greyson was when I chose it! I like Stella, Reese, Kira, and Sage.

We both might agree on Stella, but is it too popular?

Can you suggest other names for Kaydence and Greyson’s sister? Our last name is long, with three-syllables.

Thank you in advance!

The Name Sage responds:

When your family is a mix of his, mine, and ours, naming gets tricky. Do you need to unify all of the siblings’ names? Or embrace your family’s story, and accept that different circumstances lead to different name choices?

I say the answer is yes to both!

The right name for your daughter should be, above all else, one that you and your husband love. But it’s good to consider how it will fit into your family as a whole, too. Can Greyson and Kaydence’s sister be Minerva or Elizabeth or Saoirse? Of course! But there are names that seem a little more compatible. Happily, all of the choices on your short lists sound like a good fit.

Ava, Avery, Kira, Reese, Sage, Savannah, and Stella all work well with your older children’s names. So let’s talk about popularity, because this could be tricky.

Not only is Greyson-with-an-e a Top 100 choice, but Grayson-with-an-a ranks even higher. Kaydence isn’t too popular at first glance, either – but factor in Kadence, Cadence, and all the other Kay– names, and suddenly, it’s far more familiar.

The opposite is true for Stella. There’s really only one spelling in use – or, at least, only one in the current US Top 1000. It’s been a Top 100 name since 2010, meaning you’ll almost certainly meet other little Stellas. But should that be a dealbreaker?

Because if Stella feels too popular, you’ll also want to rule out Top Ten Ava, Top 20 Avery, and Top 40 Savannah – all rank higher than Stella.

That leaves Reese, Kira, and Sage.

Of the three, I’d suggest Sage. Like Kaydence, it’s a word name, which connects the two sisters’ names. And Kaydence, Greyson, and Sage all share the long ‘a’ sound, creating another subtle link.

There’s also Saige, a spelling inspired by former favorite Paige. Would that make it more appealing to your husband?

If not Sage or Saige, maybe one of these names would work?

Aurora Golden Aurora ranks in the current US Top 100, but I think it still feels less common than Avery or Ava. Like Stella, it’s a celestial name, referring to the Roman goddess of the dawn, as well as the Northern Lights – the Aurora Borealis. It’s undeniably pretty.

Avalon – Tailored like Kaydence, and sharing the same ‘v’ sound as Ava, Avery, and Savannah, Avalon matches your style. But it feels not just uncommon, but downright rare. It has never appeared in the US Top 1000.

Briar – Like Kaydence and Reese, Briar leans at least a little bit unisex. Until recently, it was used for more boys than girls. But it’s also a Disney princess name – think of Briar Rose, also known as Sleeping Beauty.

Everly – The upside to Everly: it shares the ‘v’ of Avery and other favorites, it’s less common than many of your current possibilities, and it sounds like a sister name for Greyson and Kaydence. The downside? It’s rising in fast use – maybe you already know a little Everly or two?

Saylor – An update to 90s favorite Taylor, Saylor has risen in use in recent years, but currently ranks Number 430 – underused, but not too different.

Willow Willow comes in at Number 81, so it can’t be called rare. And yet, like Stella, there’s really only one spelling of this pretty nature name. And it’s feminine, while still feeling modern and tailored, just like Kaydence.

Overall, I’m still drawn to Sage, or maybe Saige. It seems to be just different enough to sidestep your concerns about Stella’s popularity, while still complementing your older children’s names.

I do want to add this, though: there are good reasons to choose a popular name. If Stella is the one that you both like best, then I’m not sure I’d rule it out solely on popularity.

But let’s have a poll, because I know our readers will have some insights about naming a first child in a blended family – and hopefully great suggestions for a sister for Greyson and Kaydence, too!

 

Stella

Sage/Saige

Something else – see my comment

What would you name Greyson and Kaydence’s sister?

  1. AStella
  2. BSage or Saige
  3. CSomething else!
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dresdendoll Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 12:42 am

I like Avery for this trio.

katinka Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 3:00 am

I voted for Sage/Saige. I love the long “a” sound connection, and all three sound very much distinct but also very much in style sync.

Sienna is another name that springs to mind for you. It’s definitely pretty, but also feels quite smart and tailored, and not too long visually. It might be a nice alternative to Savannah and Stella, if you’d prefer something less popular.

Or how about Harlow? It feels modern and androgynous enough to belong on your list, but also conjures up images of Old Hollywood glamour. And it just sounds like a sister to Kaydence and Greyson!

Wittyusername103 Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 4:01 am

You mentioned Everly which I like but if popularity is a challenge what about Emery? It’s currently #115 but it hasn’t had the rise that Everly is. My other suggestion despite it’s cheesiness is Melody. I love how they both have a musical connection and it’s similar popularity to your other choices.

Other suggestions –

Jade
Trinity
Paige
Callie
Brooke
Summer
Dakota
Mckenna
Ember
Brynn
Joy
Kiara
Jenna
Kendra
Skye

owllover96 Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 7:23 am

I think Sailor is better than Saylor. My suggestions…

Shay
Arden
Scout
Tatum
Sasha
Payton/Peyton
Reagan
Brynn

onomastodon Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 7:33 am

I like Abby’s reasons for favouring Sage. Greyson and Sage both bring colours to mind, too.
Everly and Saylor also seem like good fits, as do Sienna, Harlow and Emery.

I wonder whether any of these might appeal:

Waverly (Kaydence, Greyson and Waverly seem like a very cohesive set, with those long ‘as’ and the ‘y’s. And the ‘v’ might appeal to your husband)
Haven (slightly more tailored – I can imagine Haven having siblings named Reese or Sage as well as Kaydence or Greyson)
Delaney (pretty sounds but a spunky unisex vibe)
Emberly, Amberly
Sierra
Aubrey
Nova

Maeve, Maeva, Maven
Estella/Estelle
Raven/Ravenna

Congratulations, and good luck!

beynotce Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 8:26 am

I like:

Saylor
Lyric
Briar
Blythe
Avalon
Everly

vivi_simone Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 12:35 pm

Everly or Harlow

wandsworth Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 12:54 pm

I don’t subscribe to the notion of sibling names needing to match like a set of dinnerware, especially in this circumstance! I say choose your favorite. That said, I prefer Sage over Stella. If popularity is a concern, Stella is likely to get lost among all the girls named Ella, Bella, Ellie, Isabella, Isabelle, etc.

saoirse123 Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Paisley
Sienna
Jade or Jayde
Hazel

From Abby’s list I like Everly best. I like the idea of continuing the long “a” sound in your kids’ names, but if you are planning to have more, it’s worth considering how much you like the pattern.

yellowplums Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 2:26 pm

I like the idea of Sage, but I think Saylor is even better. Paired with an ultra-feminine middle, I think it would be adorable.

Another suggestion: Paisley. Different but still familiar.

My other thought was Cheyenne/Cheyanne? Pretty and soft but still different. Or Patience? I really like the idea of the long-A sound repeating. Saylor and Paisley are probably my favorites. Some others…

Jayla
Jaymes
Leila
Maisie
Raina
Selah
Taylor
Vale

indiefendi2 Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 3:23 pm

If you want unique, Stella is the complete opposite. It’s one of the most popular baby names around.

I think Sage fits perfectly with Kaydence and Greyson. It has a similar ay sound.

ecpt Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 5:42 pm

IMHO, Stella is the odd one of out here. Kaydence and Greyson are both very “in the now” sounding names, and all the other choices — regardless of popularity — sound similarly modern. Stella, OTOH, is the old lady coming back for another ovation. Which is fine — but if the goal is to have a name that “fits” the style of the others, she isn’t it. Again, JMHO.

Of the original choices, I’d go with Ava or Sage/Saige.

jpruitt76 Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 9:02 pm

I think Everly works best from Abby’s list. Sage is alright…Avery as well. A few others to recommend:

Ainsley
Tiernan
Tierney
Shae
Vale
Tatum
Darby
Britton

WrenEloise Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 9:24 pm

I love the suggestion of Waverly with Kaydence and Greyson — long A sound, unique, but has a touch of Ava for your husband. Plus it has a Y!

I also love Ayla with your two kids’ names. Again it has a similar sound to Ava but more unique, and with a Y to match.

Bobcat108 Says:

December 5th, 2018 at 11:31 pm

W/the older children having two-syllable names, I’m not inclined to go for a one-syllable name for the new arrival. Repeating the long a sound & a two-syllable name makes me think of:

Maia (May-ah)
Raina
Bayleigh
Layla
Taya
Dayna/Dana
Hayley
Jaylyn(n)

Kara Says:

December 6th, 2018 at 1:07 am

I’m going to go against the popular opinion. I personally really don’t like the idea of another “ay” name like Sage, Ava, or the others. Kaydence and Greyson lees too much into each other sound-wise, which of course couldn’t have been avoided (and I think it’s sweet that you and your husband were apparently on the same wave length) but why contribute any more to the tongue twister? I can’t imagine saying “Come on, Kaydence, Grayson, and Sage!” without completely tripping over it every time.

Stella feels like an outlier, style-wise. Everly feels like a good match to me. I like Savannah and Sienna too, but the S sound has the same problem as the ay.

My suggestion is Kirrily, nn Kira. Kirrily is virtually unknown in the US, so it would be very unique (if you’re in the US). Kirrily has that “pretty” feel your husband likes but uses a name from your list as a nn. It has a nature meaning so it has a similar background as Sage. It shares the first initial with Kaydence, so the girls would share an initial but the names are still quite distinct from each other. It seems like one to at least consider. 🙂

Kara Says:

December 6th, 2018 at 1:09 am

Weird autocorrect. This was meant to say: Kaydence and Greyson bleed too much into each other sound-wise.

rlmurphy Says:

December 6th, 2018 at 10:56 am

My suggestions…

Averie
Avalon
Gwendolyn
Paige
Saoirse

Sinclaiiir Says:

December 8th, 2018 at 5:28 am

I like the suggestions of Gwendolyn and Summer. I’m not sure how often the other siblings are in you’re household due to custody, but it might be weird for your third child to have a short name like Sage while the other two have long names.

I would give your daughter a long name so she doesn’t feel like out (although parents seem to think it won’t happen, it does).

Gwendolyn is beautiful and you can call her Gwen to give your short name.
Summer also matches quite well with Kaydence as they both feel light

josephinedagnall Says:

December 8th, 2018 at 12:03 pm

What about Mckenna? It’s stylistically similar to your other children’s names, shares a ‘K’ sound with Kaydence, and is patronymic like Greyson. I think it would be a great fit!

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