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Are These Sibling Names Too Similar?

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They’ve found the perfect name for a daughter. The only problem? It’s very, very similar to their son’s name. How close is too close, and does sound matter more than spelling? The Name Sage weighs in.

Caley writes:

I have a dilemma with the front-runner name if our September baby is a girl.

The name we love is Gwen. Short, sweet, simple, standalone, no other variation needed. There is nothing we do not like about this name.

The problem arises when we see it written with our son’s name, Owen.

They are clearly similar. Pronunciation-wise they are very different. However, as we approach the due date, I am worried!

We don’t like alternate spellings such as Gwyn or long-form names. Maybe we should go back to square one?

Do you think the sibset of Owen and Gwen would be no big deal or a naming faux pas?

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Latest Berry Birth Announcements

By Linda Rosenkrantz

It’s always so interesting to see not only the variety of wonderful names picked by Berries each month, but to read their inspiration stories.

In July there was a great deal of family history honored, and also a helpful nurse, a shared vocation, beloved book and movie characters, an esteemed artist and—my personal favorite—the island on which an immigrant great-grandfather father first set foot on US soil. Not to mention Syrian, German, Spanish, French, Swiss, Armenian and Israeli roots!

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For many decades, baby namers have had a mad romance with Irish family names. From Ryan to Riley to Rowan, Connor to Quinn, the US popularity rolls have been populated with cheery Irish surnames. Below are 12 of the many that embody that infectious Celtic charm—some of them new to the scene, others on their way up, and a few from the past that deserve a fresh look. By Linda Rosenkrantz

Though most of these names read boy, let’s not forget the female examples of Cassidy and Casey and Delaney and Murphy Brown, Tierney Sutton and Rooney Mara—that have gone to the other side!

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13 Celebrated Juniors

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Nothing can bring a father and son closer together than sharing their name. And as it happens, an inordinate number of male superstars have been juniors (or IIIs or IVs—even Vs)—whether because the name was something to live up to or an incentive to distinguish themselves as individuals. In anticipation of Father’s Day we look at 13 stars who share their parent’s name, and the various ways these pairings have played out.

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They love Silas, but their last name sounds like Smith. Try saying that five times fast! How much does first-last name harmony matter? If Silas is off the table, which names should they consider instead?

Shanda writes:

We love the name Silas for our baby coming in June. However, our one-syllable last name begins with an S. So if we were to choose Silas, his full name certainly wouldn’t roll off the tongue.

My husband thinks this doesn’t matter that much as his full name will be reserved for formal situations – or when he’s really in trouble!

We’ve also considered Asher, Alder, Humphrey, Beckett, Remy, and Jonah. My husband loves the idea of Ezekiel, nicknamed Kiel for the German city. I just don’t love Ezekiel. None of these have really stuck.

How much should the appeal of a full name factor?

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