How to Choose Anagram Names for Large Families
The Vaneeno family from Belgium have committed to naming their children with the same set of four letters: A, E, L, and X.
The names had to get more creative from here—The Vaneenos’ next five children are named Xael, Xeal, Exla, Leax, and Xale. They are now expecting their tenth child, and there are not many name-like combinations left.
It’s a boy, so that means Xlea and Elxa are probably out. That leaves Aelx, Aexl, Alxe, Ealx, Elax, Exal, Laex, Laxe, and Xlae among the most viable options for baby number 10. Xlae and Laxe (if pronounced like “lakes”) seem especially promising since they are different enough from the rest of the siblings’ names.
That’s the key to a successful anagram sibset: differences.
There are three to take into consideration—beginning sound, ending sound, and number of syllables. The higher you score on the difference count between two names, the more likely it is to be a worthy sibset.
Alice and Celia is the exemplar of anagram sibsets. It scores a 3 on the difference count—they begin and end with different sounds, and Alice has two syllables, while Celia has three. A 0, like Carol and Coral, is practically unusable—it becomes very confusing if the names are too similar.
Of course, there’s one element you want the names to share, and that’s style. A set of names can score a 3 on the difference test but still be ill-suited for each other. Take Kory and York, for example. They are different in sound and syllables, but don’t feel cohesive as brother names.
We’ve rounded up the best anagram baby names, pre-approved for sibset use!
Super Anagram Baby Names
If you’re naming a larger brood, you’re going to need Super Anagram names. A Super Anagram name can be turned into three or more names with the same combination of letters. As with the Vaneeno family, the letters could be further shuffled around to make new names, should more children join the picture. However, these are the most sibset-worthy combinations:
What is your dream anagram sibset? Would you consider using a Super Anagram name?