Category: Sibling and Multiple Names

By Clare Green

This week’s news includes unexpected sources of inspiration, Danish triplets, tips for learning unfamiliar names, and the dreamiest girls’ names you’ll hear all week. 

Quirky inspiration: from The Crow to the King

If you love unusual stories of how parents found the perfect name, you’re in luck: we’ve got several this week.

First up is Jensen Ackles, the Supernatural actor. You may know that he and his wife Danneel are quite the snazzy namers: they have daughter Justice Jay and girl-boy twins Arrow Rhodes and Zeppelin Bram.

Jensen recently told the story of how they landed on Zeppelin. It’s inspired not by the band Led Zeppelin (although that no doubt gives it extra rock-and-roll cred), but by a knot. Baby Zeppelin was born with a loose knot in his umbilical cord. Later on, looking for ideas, dad browsed a list of sailor’s knots, spotted the zeppelin bend and had a lightbulb moment.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

In the past month we’ve seen some stunning first, middle and also sibling name choices made by Berries for their September babes.

In boys’ middle names alone, there were the creative picks of Galahad, Prosperity and Thyme.  Two boys were given the name Hugo, and name inspiration included The Handmaid’s Tale, the Knights of the Round Table, philosopher Immanuel Kant and singer June Carter Cash.

Here they are:

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We Have a New Baby…Now What?

By Gay Cioffi, Little Folks, Big Questions

 Most pregnancies allow for many months of getting used to the idea of a family addition, not just for the parents, but for the sibling. Optimally, parents have shared the news of an impending arrival in a way that gives a young child information in language that he or she understands and has allowed for the young child some time and space to get used to the idea.

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Reinventing Grandma Names

a Name Sage post by: Abby View all Name Sage posts

Grandma is over the rainbow about her new little namesake. Except how, exactly, do you honor a Glenda in 2018?

Tess writes:

My partner and I are expecting our first, a little girl, and are overjoyed! We are debating on first names right now, but know that we want the middle name to honor my partner’s mother, Glenda (who is arguably more excited than the both of us, haha). Neither of us are huge fans of her name as is, and we are drawing blanks for potential alternatives we like that sound similar – we’ve ruled out Glynnis.

Grandma Glenda, however, is a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz, and so we were considering Dorothy as a middle name if we could find no other alternatives. I realize Glinda is both a Wizard of Oz name and fits the theme, but we aren’t fans. We are also not completely opposed to Glenda as a middle name, but we would need to be convinced one way or the other.

For first names, our top choices would probably be Alice, Rose, Quinn, or Fiona due to a combination of them being either family names and ones that we’ve always liked. Our last name is two syllables, and starts with a W, so most names should flow pretty well with it.

Thank you for your help!

The Name Sage replies:

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

So what were the names your sister and brother berries selected for their September babes?

First of all there were two Owens, a name that seems headed towards the top, and two paths to the nickname GusAugustine and Magnus. Great combos like Opal Florentine and Augustine Murphy. And two families that welcomed their eighth child!

Here’s the complete list.

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