On the Lighter Side: Sibsets to Avoid
It’s an inevitable part of naming your first child: some names for future siblings immediately become off-limits. Most of these are perfectly good on their own but combine with certain others for an unintentionally comic (or tragic) effect. Here’s a lighthearted look at some impressively bad sibling sets.
Cressida and Troilus
Langley, Edwards, and Quantico
Wren and Stimpy
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on December 31st, 2014 at 5:18 am
I don’t see what’s wrong with Peter, Paul and Mary…?
on December 31st, 2014 at 6:34 am
In the same way you’d perhaps want to avoid other sib sets that spell out the name of a band (P,P&M = folk band famous for Puff the Magic Dragon). Unless, of course, you’re a major fan, in which case you may intentionally choose them 🙂
on December 31st, 2014 at 8:25 am
Another one that is horrible is John and Wayne. I had a teacher who married a twin and his name was Wayne and his brother’s was John.
on December 31st, 2014 at 8:45 am
When I was dating a guy named Peter, I was actually in love with the idea of naming children Paul and Mary! My tastes (in men AND names) have changed…
I know a brother and sister named Donny and Marie. They also have two other brothers, not sure if they have Osmond names, too. It has always REALLY bothered me. Like, just why?
on December 31st, 2014 at 10:49 am
I’ve met a little Henry whose sisters were Anne and Catherine. Seriously. For having such a classic taste in names these parents apparently didn’t know their history.
on December 31st, 2014 at 3:44 pm
lol, I actually know a family that has a Mary, a Paul, and a Peter. Ironically, they’re always called Peter, Paul, and Mary, too. 🙂 I had no clue of the association until I grew up; it’s just normal, now. The association to the family’s stronger than the association to the band. I guess it’s probably pretty jarring if you already knew about the band and you met the family, though…
on December 31st, 2014 at 11:23 pm
@spotlightstarlit, whoa. Well, at least they didn’t have Henry, Anne, and Mary Boleyn, and little brother George.
@mermuse, “Donny and Marie” is a tough pop-cultural reference to shake.
on January 1st, 2015 at 6:23 am
These are hilarious! I especially love Karma, Camille & George – very creative 🙂
on January 1st, 2015 at 11:21 am
What’s so bad about Romy and Michele? I like both of these names though.
on January 6th, 2015 at 12:00 am
@Chloe14, it’s just that they’re both in the title of a movie (“Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”).
on January 8th, 2015 at 7:34 pm
Karma, Camille & Boy George made me laugh so hard.
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