Category: Sibling and Multiple Names
This week’s news includes a sibset named after superheroes, a dose of namer’s remorse, and starbaby names from all over the globe.
First of all, happy summer solstice (in the northern hemisphere)!
Would you use a comic book name? One mother blithely agreed with her husband when they were 18 that they could name their first son Kalel (as in Superman), not imagining he’d still think it was a good idea years later.
He also managed to get comic book connections into their other five children’s names: Chloe (named after a friend of Superman’s), Catelin (for reporter Cat Grant), Kara (Supergirl), Connor (Superboy) and Quinn (switching comics to Harley Quinn).
What’s great about these sibling names is that they’re pretty regular (Kalel excepted) – you’d have to have comic book characters on the brain to spot the references – and that they sound alliterative but don’t all start with the same letter, so they don’t feel forced.
Their mom says used to feel embarrassed by the superhero connection, but she’s come around to them – especially as the children are all proud of their supernames.
This week’s news includes bold middle names, spelling disputes, Disney villains, and dreamy French siblings.
Soccer star names: Edson and Keylor
The soccer World Cup kicks off today, so let’s start with some soccer-inspired names.
The name Keylor was virtually unknown until 2014, when Costa Rican player Keylor Navas appeared in the last World Cup and joined Real Madrid. Now it’s big in Spain and Costa Rica, and it was given to 75 boys in the US in 2017. You could think of it as a fresh take on Taylor. Do you think it could catch on beyond sports fans?
In Scotland, the grandson of a top player and manager was named Edson Thunder. Edson is the birth name of legendary Brazilian player Pelé (himself named after Thomas Edison, with a twist). I don’t know the story behind Thunder, but it makes a fantastic bold middle name.
This week’s news includes some stellar sibsets, a treasure trove of little-known Celtic names, and what might just be the holy grail for hipster baby namers: a way to predict future popularity.
As well as some standout singletons (here’s looking at you, Cecilia Lilac and Sullivan Mac), we’re swooning over some of the stunning sibsets in this month’s cohort. From the impeccably literary trio of Gabriel Christian, Emrys Atticus and Godric Nickleby, to mighty mythological brothers Apollo and Atlas, you all really know how to pull off a “matching but not matchy” set.
Elsewhere, Elea at British Baby Names featured some nicely coordinated sibsets in her roundup of UK birth announcements from the past week: from word names Saga and Chance, to international beauties Laila and Maya, to double-trouble twin names Freddie and Finley. (Side note: check out some of those elaborate three-middle combos!)
And Real Housewives of Dallas star Brandi Redmond and her husband Bryan (spotted the pattern yet?) have announced that they’ve welcomed a baby boy via adoption, a brother for daughters Brooklyn and Brinkley. His name is a nice surprise, and feels like a great fit for this family: welcome, Bruin Charles!
by Sophie Kihm
When it comes to naming babies, everyone has a different set of priorities and values. One we talk about a lot is sibset coherence. Whether or not you’re a name nerd, it’s easy to see the merits of a coordinated sibset. Oftentimes one has to refer to their children as a group, and well-matched names makes it easy for others to view them as a set.
But how much does this matter when the siblings of a new baby are adults? My inclination is: not much. Adult children are off living their own lives, and the number of times they will be lumped into the same group as their infant sibling is much less than if they had grown up together. Therefore, I don’t think anyone should stress over trying to find the perfect name for a son who will be twenty years his sister’s junior. Tastes change over the years, and after a few decades, so do styles.
Many celebrities expecting babies this month are going to be naming children with 20 or 30-plus age differences from some of their siblings, and will have to determine the importance of this issue for themselves. Daniel Craig‘s adult daughter Ella will have a little sister or brother at the end of this year, as will Norman Reedus’s grown son Mingus. Josh Brolin’s 29- and 24-year-old children are going to be the older siblings of a baby girl, and Brigitte Nielsen‘s four adult sons (ranging in age from 23 to 34) will welcome another sibling into their brood.
For some, like Daniel Craig, creating a harmonious sibset shouldn’t be too much of a problem. For others, like Brigitte Nielsen, it’s already a lost cause. As for the rest, I’m curious to see how it will play out–will these stars decide that a well-matched sibset is the way to go, or give it up to choose the name that most speaks to their heart?
By Linda Rosenkrantz
May was an extraordinary month in the Nameberry Birth Announcement forums. We had a girl named Tully, boys called Godric and Endymion and Ignatius, middle names Lilac and Nickleby, brothers Atlas and Apollo, and nicely paired twins August Matthias and Thomas Nathaniel.
Parents drew inspiration from sources as varied as the Old Testament, Simon & Garfunkel songs, The Nutcracker ballet, Robert Plant, The X-Files, and, (you can’t say the Nameberry community isn’t literary)—Charles Dickens, the poet Keats, Truman Capote, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Harry Potter
Here’s the complete list for May.