Choosing the right brother names involves striking the right balance. Ideally, brother names should be coordinated in a clear way — such as style or origin — but you want the names to be distinctive, so the brother set doesn’t feel too matchy.
Looking for brother names with similar style is a safe route to a great sibset. But questions remain! Do you want your sons to share an initial or have their own letters? Should the sibling names be traditional choices or modern coinages? Unisex or firmly masculine? Names that are popular, one-of-a-kind, or somewhere in the middle? The list goes on!
Finding brother names can be complicated, but don’t worry — we’ve identified top brother names from the popularity charts, along with unique sets of brother names and our favorite celebrity examples:
Popular Brother Names
Popular names for brothers are as striking in the set as they are on their own. Some pairs share sounds, such as Bennett and Brooks. Others connect along subtler themes, such as Kai and Leo, which both have nature ties, or Asher and Levi, which are featured in the Old Testament.
All these combinations align on style, which is the factor that can singlehandedly create a great set of brother names. Cohesive style is what makes brother names sound like they belong together. Names like Declan and Daniel have some similarities, but Declan and Everett are a better match because they are stylistically coordinated.
The top brother names rank within the US Top 100. These are among the best combinations for brothers:
Adrian & Ezekiel
Alexander & Benjamin
Asher & Levi
Bennett & Brooks
Christopher & Matthew
Colton & Cooper
Elijah & Isaiah
Jackson & Jayden
Julian & Sebastian
Kai & Leo
Leonardo & Santiago
Logan & Wyatt
Luca & Mateo
Miles & Wesley
Oliver & Theodore
Unique Brother Names
Unique brother names adhere to the same conventions as popular brother names. Some sets have similar sounds, such as Baldwin and Booker, Laith and Lev. Others have a subtle theme connecting the names, including Kit and Lux, which are three-letter unisex names. But most importantly, all of these pairs are good style matches.
The potential combinations of unique names for brothers are endless, but we’ve identified our favorites from outside of the Top 1000:
Archibald & Montgomery
Arrow & Cedar
Baldwin & Booker
Boaz & Jethro
Cortez & Santos
Emrys & Stellan
Faris & Rami
Fitz & Gus
Hollis & Robin
Kit & Rafe
Laith & Lev
Lazaro & Marcello
Prescott & Townes
Renzo & Taj
Zephyr & Wolf
Best Celebrity Brother Names
Celebrity brother names offer real-life examples of coordinated names for boys. Benedict Cumberbatch’s sons Kit, Hal, and Finn each have a single-syllable name or nickname, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Saint and Psalm were given short and spiritual names.
These are some of our favorite celebrity examples of brother names:
August Philip Hawke & Ernest George Ronnie — Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank
Beckett Mercer & Sullivan Louis — Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Justin Mikita
Boomer Robert, Beckett Richard & Maverick Nicholas — Nicole Johnson & Michael Phelps
Bowie Ezio, Cy Aridio & Zen — Zoe Saldaña & Marco Perego
Christopher Carlton “Kit,” Hal Auden & Finn — Sophie & Benedict Cumberbatch
Flynn, Hart & Myles — Miranda Kerr
Isaac, Malachi & Roman — Ashley Graham & Justin Ervin
Phineas & Silas Randall — Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake
Rafa & Rocco — Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale
Saint & Psalm — Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Sasha & Tristan — Elsa Pataky & Chris Hemsworth
Wyatt Morgan & Sebastian Luke — Anderson Cooper & Benjamin Maisani
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