Sister and Brother Names

brother and sister names

by Pamela Redmond

Sister and brother names are female and male names that are so closely related they feel like (but aren’t always) variations of the same name.

In this age of gender fluidity, we see this happening more and more: girl names becoming more popular on the strength of a similar-sounding boys’ name, or boy names whose star rises on the stylishness of a girl name.

It doesn’t really matter, in the end, which gender’s popularity comes first. More and more, related male and female versions of a name rise hand-in-hand through the popular names charts.

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Welsh Names for Boys

by Linda Rosenkrantz

Welsh names for boys have never been as popular in the US as Irish boy names. But over the years some have become widespread enough to lose much of their Welsh accents.  I’m thinking names like Owen (#25), Evan (#86) and Dylan (#31) and Trevor (#380) and Griffin (#224) and Morgan (#744). Here we have names that we are all familiar with in addition to those above (“Funny, you don’t look Welsh!”), followed by some great Welsh names for boys you may not know, plus some unique Welsh nickname names. 

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by Sophie Kihm

As the Future Baby Name Guru to the Stars, celebrity baby names are always on my mind. I keep my eye on all the pregnancy rumors (can it please be true that Kate Middleton is having twins?), and I’ve been known to react to birth announcements at inopportune times (sorry, Professor)—because yeah, I have starbaby push notifications on my phone.

So which celebrities am I especially excited about this month? For starters, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin (shown) . Their supersized sibset is so chic and well-coordinated (not to mention artistic!)—they’re basically my prognostication dream. I’m also looking forward to Rachel Bloom. She’s having a baby girl—her first!—and I think she’ll choose something fun and playful for her name.

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By Clare Green

This week’s news includes announcements from 90s pop icons, girls’ names honoring men, and spelling and pronunciation quandaries.

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16 Super Superhero Baby Names

by Emma Waterhouse

It’s a fact: superhero baby names have never been cooler.

Even without the meteoric resurgence of the Marvel film franchise over the past decade, superhero-inspired names encompass so many of the hottest baby name trends of the past few years: from celestial names (Venus, Nova, Orion) to badass names (Blaze, Rogue, Leviathan) to striking gender-neutral options for both sexes (Phoenix, Solstice, Raven).

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