by Sophie Kihm
Are cousins likely to have names of similar styles? My first instinct is no (everyone has their own individual taste!), but when you look to famous families, some cousin-sets are remarkably well-coordinated.
Think of the Duggars, who despite choosing names from all over the popularity charts, all give their children names with religious significance. Now Joy–Anna Duggar is pregnant for the first time, and odds are she’ll continue this family tradition.
Additionally, the Kardashians come to mind when thinking of cousins with similar names. It’s hard to tell where the line is drawn for sibsets when given a list of names like North, Reign, Penelope, Dream, Saint, and Mason (for the record, it’s North and Saint; Mason, Penelope, and Reign; and Dream). Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner both announced their pregnancies this month, and I’d be willing to bet that their naming style will be more alike their sisters’ and brother’s than not.
So what do you think? Are these celebrity siblings going to break the mold or follow suit when it comes to baby names?
Jack is a genuine, likable, every-man type of name. You really can’t go wrong with a name like Jack, which explains its enduring popularity across the Western world. Jack can fit with many naming styles, but I have a feeling Alexandra Breckenridge and Casey Neil Hooper will go for another friendly, nickname-like name for their second child.
Although the name Dusty peaked in 1976, the combination of Dusty Rose—given to Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine’s daughter—feels very current. It helps that both are word names, which have become popular with celebrities and non-celebrities alike over the past few years. I’m curious to see what Behati and Adam will pair with Dusty–my guess is another sweet and sassy word name.
A name like Legend can be a lot to live up to. However, at #311 and rising, more and more parents are deciding that it isn’t too much of a burden for their sons to carry. Michelle and Donald Glover‘s Legend is going to have a little brother, who will probably have a similarly “high-stakes” name.
Augustus is a long and extravagant name, but Hilarie Burton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan‘s son is called Gus, which is quite the opposite. I’d love to see them use another lengthy name paired with a short and sweet nickname for baby number two—especially one with Latin roots.
The Duggars are known for giving their children uncommon, often themed names, but the latest arrivals have remarkably normal, restrained names (Mason, Henry, and Samuel). There’s no telling if Joy–Anna and Austin will go in an uncommon direction or not, but more than likely they will choose a strong biblical name for their son or daughter.
Kylie Jenner is a bold, high fashion woman—she’s not afraid to take risks when it comes to her personal style. So why should we think that she would do anything different when it comes to her daughter’s name? We should expect a striking and stylish, yet relatively uncommon name from Kylie Jenner, something like one of the names listed below.
The Kardashians seem to love names that connote power and status. Kourtney Kardashian was one of the original adopters of the “aspirational” baby name trend when she named her son Reign in 2014. Her sister Kim followed suit one year later with her son Saint. With cousins called Reign and Saint, and a half-brother named Prince, I expect Khloe and Tristan‘s baby name to follow this apparent Kardashian pattern.
Lauren Parsekian and Aaron Paul are world travelers. Their Instagram accounts are filled with images of treks across Europe and rendezvous around the United States. Because of this, I think a place name might be in order for their little babe—perhaps the name of a city with special significance to the couple.