Celebrity Sibsets: Gia and Nico, Maxwell and Ace

By Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain

I do love a birth announcement, for so many reasons.  But I’m especially interested when the birth announcement includes the name of a sibling or two.

Mario Lopez and his wife Courtney Mazza welcomed a second child last week, a son named Dominic.  The proud parents intend to call him Nico.

I think that’s just perfection.

But what also struck me was how much I liked their children’s names together: Gia Francesca and Dominic. Gia and Nico.

On their own, they’re solid names, names that are familiar but not too common.  Paired together, they’re a stand-out combination.

Naming your first child can feel like a blank slate.  Your second or third (or, if you’re the Jolie-Pitts or the Duggars, fifth, sixth, or nineteenth) is more of a puzzle.  Will your new arrival’s name match her siblings’ names?  Or is it so close as to confuse?

I could happily name two or three more daughters, but sons?  Somehow it feels impossible to meet all of my criteria with boys’ names.  But we all manage, somehow, to choose names that satisfy and hopefully wear well on our children.

Let’s take a look back at some great celebrity sibsets from the year so far:

Gia Francesca and DominicNico – There’s much to love about Mario and Courtney’s name style.  Cool enough for Hollywood, but comfortable enough to wear in South Dakota or suburban FloridaEven if these names aren’t on your shortlist, I think the Lopez family hit the unusual-but-not-strange note many parents are after.

Wilder, Bodhi, and RioOliver Hudson and Erinn Bartlett welcomed their third child earlier this year.  After boys named Wilder and Bodhi, what do you call your first daughter?  Rio strikes the right balance – Ava or Margo would be too safe, but Rio is vibrant enough to pair with such strong names.

Yates, Yardley, and Thatcher – We all wondered if Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly would chose another Y name for baby #3?  She didn’t – and yet, son Yates, daughter Yardley, and new son Thatcher sound just right together.  I like that Megyn and husband Douglas didn’t feel obligated to stick with one letter, but did stay true to their preppy surname vibe.

Leo and Luna – Of course, siblings sharing the same first initial can be quite charming.  Look no further than the names chosen by Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.  Leo became a big brother this summer when little sister Luna arrived.  Yes, there’s the risk of overload if you’re naming baby #5 and feel obligated to stick with just one letter.  But if you’re planning on a family of two or three, this can be a sweet way to link the siblings’ names.

Lyra and Margot – Model-actress-author Sophie Dahl – she’s also the granddaughter of writer Roald Dahl – welcomed a second daughter with husband Jamie Cullum earlier this year.  Her daughter’s names are very different in origin – Lyra is borrowed from the night sky and from Philip Pullman’s novels, while Margot comes from the far-more grounded Margaret.  Together, the names signal a creative, offbeat sensibility – which seems to fit on their family tree.

Mirabella Bunny and Lula Rosylea – Let’s hear it for Bryan Adams and Alicia Grimaldi and their fearless approach to middle names!  First they paired the staggeringly gorgeous Mirabella with the fluffy Bunny, then they used cockney rhyming slang to arrive at a middle for daughter number two.  The parents explained that Lula arrived at tea time, and Rosylea is rhyming slang for “cup of tea.”  Daring, different, and yet very well matched.

Joseph, Sundance, and Scout – Volleyball stars Kerri Walsh and Casey Jennings surprised everyone when they named second son Sundance.  Their firstborn received such a classic name, while Sundance was anything but conventional.  The arrival of their third child and first daughter gives the siblings a certain amount of balance.  Scout Margery, with her literary ties, strikes a balance between the buttoned-down Joseph Michael and the adventurous Sundance Thomas.

India and Dashiell – It’s no surprise that Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein chose stylish names for their children.  Big sister India Pearl was joined by brother Dashiell Max Robert earlier this year.  Both names are attractive separately, but like Gia and Nico, I like them even better together.  I wonder if they’ll answer to Indie and Dash?

Aurora, Wynter, and Holiday – I think this might be my favorite trio so far.  Actors Harold and Brittany Perrineau have always been slightly ahead of the curve.  Their daughter Aurora was born in 1994, followed by Wynter in 2008.  This year, Holiday Grace arrived in March.  A noun name with literary glam thanks to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I can see Holiday catching on.  I’d love to hear what the Perrineaus were considering for a son!

George, Philipe, and Edward – Speaking of boys, supermodel Eva Herzigova and husband Gregorio Marsiaj have managed to get classic exactly right with their three sons.  Herzigova is Czech, and her husband is Italian.  Evergreen names like George, Philipe, and Edward are highly portable, at home nearly anywhere.

Maxwell Drew and Ace Knute – This list would be incomplete without mentioning Jessica Simpson’s baby boy, Ace KnuteJessica and football-playing fiancé Eric Johnson have borrowed names from their family history for their children.  While Maxwell Drew and Ace Knute aren’t quite my cup of tea, I do love the fact that Jessica and Eric chose richly meaningful names for their children.

Are there any great celebrity sibsets from 2013 that belong on this list?  And do you think it is harder or easier to name baby #2 and beyond?

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tori101 Says:

September 16th, 2013 at 6:09 am

Interesting read!
Even though I’m not a Dominic fan I love the Nico nickname and how the name sounds with Gia Francesca.

I also love…
Leo & Luna
Lyra & Margot
India & Dashiell
Aurora, Wynter & Holiday (would prefer Winter)

: )

handsallover Says:

September 16th, 2013 at 7:02 am

So interesting and surprising to read! I really like Leo and Luna, India and Dashiel, George and Philipe and Edward. Surprising because I don’t fully adore all the names separated.
By the way, I suppose that Jessica Simpson and her fiancé picked the certain names for their children also because they are both word(or contain word). Maxwell Drew= Max+well, Dr(doctor)+ew. Ace Knute = Ace , K+nut+e. Hmm, I know the names are not derived from these words but they strike me too much for not to share with other berries.

larkub101 Says:

September 16th, 2013 at 7:06 am

My absolute favorite is Aurora, Wynter, and Holiday. So great to see Holiday getting the attention it deserves! Great name.

I am also charmed by:
Gia and Dominic
Lyra and Margot
India and Dashiell
George, Philipe, Edward

Names4real Says:

September 16th, 2013 at 10:13 am

These are great. My favorites are India and Dashiell and Aurora, Wynter (Winter!), & Holiday.

I think Kerri Walsh mentioned that Joseph was a family name. I know several sibsets that don’t necessarily go because the first baby gets the Jr., or the family name and then the other children gets names that they like although maybe not to the extreme of Joseph and Sundance. 🙂

alphabetdem Says:

September 16th, 2013 at 11:59 am

Love Aurora, W(i)nter, and Holiday, India and Dashiell, Lyra and Margot, and Mirabella Bunny and Lula Rosylea!

I sometimes wish I had a bit of fame so I could bestow a more colorful name on my children without too much grief.

iwillpraise Says:

September 16th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Honestly, Indie and Dash together – celeb or not – remind me of race cars….

My favorite on this list would have to be Leo and Luna. Short and sweetly complimentary to each other. I remember the moment in which I discovered my mom had chosen the same initials (first and middle) for both my brother and I. There’s only the 2 of us, yet despite the 10 yr gap (only an ounce difference at birth tho!) and being a brother/sister set, I always felt happy to share something special with him 🙂

Gia and Nico is another cute set. Not too fond of Gia or Dominic separately, altho I think Nico would be a cute nn for Nicholas.

Next would have to be Yates, Yardley and Thatcher // Lyra and Margot. I don’t like the names apart, but I do think they go well as a set. Just nms.

Now, Aurora is nice, but Wynter and Holiday paired together? hm, waaay too much. I guess I’m more for subtle associations. And the poor little boy named Sundance……?! Oh goodness, I also feel bad for sister Scout. Do you think she’ll ever feel pretty with a name like that?

As far as naming 3rd or 4th children, of course there’s more pressure. You’ve already used the names you can’t live without – the ones that “are perfect” for you. Parents of multiple children must dig deeper to find others worthy of the newest little life. I know that my brother and wife are getting ready for their 3rd, all girls. The first one got her name months in advance, while the second, 2 wks prior. My SIL has a cpl names in mind for this one, but who knows. My brother isn’t completely sold on them yet. lol. I guess the question at this point is: to break the pattern or not?

skizzo Says:

September 16th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I think Gia and Nico would be MUCH better. I dont like Dominic at all

GrecianErn Says:

September 16th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I like some of these sets…

but in all honesty, I think it’s so hard to name siblings… and especially multiples when you already have one.

when we didn’t know, it was easier naming 2 girls, or a girl and a boy, to go along with our son.

Now that we are naming 2 boys in addition to our son… it feels like we have to make sure that all 3 names coordinate more than having the twins as a set – like the set of 3 is more important than the set of 2.

My brother sister and I have names that I think go really well together, even though mine is short, my brother’s has the only nick name potential, and my sister and I match ethnically… Erin, Nathan, and Shannon. I think the “n” ending really helps. And since I’m so used to it, and like it, I think it has a great influence in my own naming.

margrocks Says:

September 16th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

i think my parents did great w/ 3 babes – Lance, Beau and Margaux.

KateMP91 Says:

September 16th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

My favorite (almost 2013) celebrity sibset would have to be Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves brood- Levi, Vida, and Livingston. While none of the names are my very favorite, the combination is just phenomenal.

Anotherkate Says:

September 16th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I like most of these but the Joseph Sundance and scout combo doesn’t work for me. Joseph and scout, sure. Sundance and scout, okay…. But the difference between Joseph and Sundance is just too much that scout can’t bridge the gap for me.

WaltzingMoreThanMatilda Says:

September 16th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I love Margot and Lyra for style, and Mirabella and Lula for quirkiness.

bellerose Says:

September 17th, 2013 at 2:11 am

George , Philipe & Edward are stunning together . By far my favorite celebrity sibset .

I also like Dashiell & India and Aurora , Wynter & Holiday .

My least favorite is Joseph , Sundance & Scout . Poor Sundance lol .

lalala__lauren Says:

September 17th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

The link for Yardley has it as a name meaning wood clearing. It’s also a place name that became a surname, which led to many other surnames, including mine! Love that it’s now a first name for someone!

Fourthseason Says:

December 9th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

I like that parents keep the names familar, but different intials. My husbands family has all K-names. Kelvin,Kristen,Kendra. Problem stemmed with intials on everything to keep it seperated. Both the girls loved the color blue, so this lead to writing their middle intials to keep whose is what in the right hands. Im Happy to be the only person not named with an S. Summer Rose, Shawn Aron, Winter Fawn. I was originally suppose to be Sara Fawn, but was born during a blizzard. In a way Im connected to my sister, but not my brother, but it blends well. I like Nico, Gia. Along with George Phillip, and Edward. As far as Mirabelli(a) Bunny, its cute, but could easily be sexualized in her teens….Playboy bunny or….. Bunny is and has been seen as a first name, however, hollywood, has made just about every Bunny-female named characters old- Cheated-on alcoholics, snobs, and overtly sexualized and not very bright. As a child though, and hopefully this would stick, velveteen bunny, which is one of the most beloved children books. Mirabelli(a) is gorgeous, strong, ultra feminine, and timeless.

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