Portmanteau Names: How to smoosh your sibset
by Tiana Putric
It’s official, portmanteaus – words created by combining parts and meanings of two or more words – have slipped into almost every part of our lives. We have become expert word blenders joining words (chocoholic), couples (Brangelina), foods (Cronut), meals (brunch), languages (Spanglish), labels (screenager), tech terms (vlog), recreational activities (glamping), clothing (skort), countries (Tanzania), baby names (Gracelynn), and dogs (Labradoodle); the list is endless.
Word mashups have definitely changed the way we communicate: they’re catchy, creative, and convenient. I wonder, have we name nerds overlooked this linguistic art? Most parents do not utilize portmanteaus when referring to their brood, but I think parents and children could have a lot of fun creating solo and sibset name blends.
Here are a few sibset portmanteaus I dreamed up using names trending on Nameberry. Enjoy Berents (Berry + parents)!
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on February 3rd, 2016 at 12:05 pm
what about Annabey? 😛
on February 3rd, 2016 at 12:18 pm
I love these 🙂 I’ve made up several myself for characters (and to help out friends and family members). One of my favourites is Charlizabeth (Charles/Charlize & Elizabeth) that I helped my cousin come up with for a middle name for her baby (Charles/Charlize is a family name on her DH side and Elizabeth is used as a middle on her side).
I also love Rosabeth. Hadn’t considered that one before, but it would be a combination of two of my favourites (Rose & Annabeth).
on February 3rd, 2016 at 5:00 pm
My mother still calls my sister and I “Katember” (Katrina and Amber) when she wants both of us, I thought she was the only one to do this haha
on February 3rd, 2016 at 5:52 pm
Quite frankly, that idea is not cute and utterly silly and I would be very embarassed if my mom did that. She just calls me and my sister “girls!”. Effective enough.
on February 3rd, 2016 at 6:08 pm
@thenameprincess – My dad does that to my sister and I and our brothers. We’re either Kelyn or Hera (Helen & Karah) and my brothers are Landley or Brandon (Bradley & Landon)
on February 4th, 2016 at 12:03 pm
Jamaze? WillFinn? Are you serious? Not my style whatsoever, but some of these are actually nice. I love Rosabeth and Hartson.
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