Sibling Names: Does Flow Matter?

A lot of the discussions about sibling names on the nameberry message boards come down to one question: Does flow matter?

To some parents, flow seems to be the most important quality, and any names of little brothers and sisters have to “flow” — be perfectly compatible in sound and feel — from the names that came before.

Some passionate berries, as nameberry aficionados have come to be called, talk about sibsets: groups of sibling names high on flow.

To others, flow and sibsets matter less….or not at all.

What’s YOUR feeling about sibling names? How much does flow matter? Did you think about sibsets when choosing names?

And what, in your opinion, are some of the best and worst sibling names you’ve ever heard? Tell all!

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Jill Q. Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 6:13 am

Well, my son’s name is Frederick and we’ve already decided if we have another one it will be Seamus for a boy and Maeve for a girl. I think those definitely don’t flow! They just happen to be the names we really like. Plus they are Irish names which we know will make certain parts of both our families happy.
I think more important than flow is avoiding unfortunate or cutsey associations. For example with a Fred that rules out Wilma, Ethel, and Ginger 🙂 None of them were serious considerations, but I think that makes my point.

kaitlan p. Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 7:33 am

Well coming from a family of “flow” siblings lets just say our initials were KBQ and KJQ it got super confusing on our activities calendar!! But it never really bothered me otherwise, we have second one on our way and I haven’t even considered the match/flow question until I saw this post. i don’t think it is a common as it used to be.

stacy Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 7:54 am

Flow isn’t quite as big to me as a similar style. I want the names to have a similar style so I don’t look at them and think ‘Huh what?’

www.legitbabenames.wordpress.com Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 8:29 am

It isn’t flow that is the issue, its style. I think sibling names have to be a similar style. It drives me crazy, for instance, to see a female Jordan and an Anastasia in the same sibset (just an example). One incredibly tryndee name with no history and one frilly, royal saints name with a ton of history. The most mistmatched sibset I have encountered is Madison, Marie and Grace. Both Grace and Marie are feminine classics, while Madison is a modern masculine surname name turned feminine. I just don’t understand how that can turn up in the same set.

JNE Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 8:40 am

It’s nice if the kids sound like they’re from the same family. But finding a name for each child that is ‘right’ for your family is top of the list, regardless of flow. I think that, in most cases, if kids don’t have a huge gap the names usually are of similar style. It’s not always the case, though. And names that match too much can be kind of distracting too. As Jill Q mentions – one must be somewhat aware of doing something that might sound silly – at least so it’s not done unconsciously. This goes for non-theme names too… if we’d chose one of our top alternates for each of our kids we’d have Isadora and Oscar (I think they “flow”) – but Izzy and Ozzy? – no thanks – too close! But there are much worse things, so as long as the family feels the name ‘fits’ for them, go for it.

lilli23 Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 8:40 am

I agree that the style of the sibsets is more important to me than the flow. For example, I know a sibset named Mary, Hailey and Anna. Mary and Anna are classic names steeped in history while Hailey isn’t nearly as old and much more trendy, with the ability to become dated. I think that in terms of flow, the names should sound at least nice when said aloud, all together. Otherwise, I think it’s more important to appreciate names individually and not rule out some of your favorites because of the sibling names.

Stephanie Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 10:16 am

I think it’s important, or I wouldn’t be as obsessed as I am with finding the perfect name to go with our daughter: Savannah Harper. We are in the unique situation of being adoptive parents, so we also have to consider whether we should keep intact any or all parts of the birth name. Our daughter’s name was “Savanah” at birth, and we liked it, so we changed the spelling to the more traditional “Savannah” and gave her the middle name Harper. Now I’m torn between wanting to keep with a similar style (i.e. place names like Sahara) or go with something we like but that isn’t necessarily the same style: Zoe. Decisions, decisions…

JustADad Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 10:23 am

I remember when I first saw the film Hannah And Her Sisters, and thought: their names don’t sound at all like sisters: Hannah, Holly, and Lee. They sounded like names pulled out of a hat at random. Not like names a parent would call out together to round up their kids at the playground. The tongue almost stumbles over them together.

I have noticed a pattern of non-flow: the oldest kid gets a trendy name, and then the following kids get more classic or less common names. Usually because the parents don’t realize kid #1’s name is trendy, until there are four other kids in the class with the same name. Then it’s like they retreat back toward classics or to names that are less common. Just a thought.

Our sons both have classic names, chosen to complement each other: Charles and William. At first my wife and I were accused of being monarchists. 🙂 But the truth is, we did pick names that sound like they belong to brothers, it was part of our decision process.

Bella Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 10:45 am

I think if you have multiples those names should work together very well, however sib-sets should not be too cutesy-cutesy, but I don’t think you can name one Sophie and one Eurydice, it just wouldn’t work.

Meredith Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 10:47 am

We are trying to think of names for the twins we are expecting and I think about this all the time!! Should they “flow” or be more of similar style? I know why parents mess this up – I am mildly obsessed with names but you lose all objectivity when trying to name your own child. I think you spend a lot of time throwing names out there to see if they stick, and if both parents agree, then that must be the right name. It’s hard to go back and see if it goes with the others. This post is going to have me thinking all day… my husband and I finally agree on a girl twinset (Eliza and Greer) and now I think they don’t go together!!! Must go to the boards for some feedback 🙂

Rita Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 11:11 am

Meredith, for what’s worth, I do think that Eliza and Greer is a case of the ‘mismatched sibsets’ that people have been discussing. Eliza is an elegant, Jane Austen-y, feminine name, whilst Greer definitely falls in the ‘trendy masculine surname’ category. I think Eliza would fit better with simpler, feminine, classic names: Maud, Beatrice, Lucy, May, Sophie, Iris, Ottilie, Imogen, Margaux, Nora, Esmée, Alice, Ingrid, Bryony… Greer’s sister would – unfortunately – more likely to be named Taylor, Kaden, Kennedy, Hadley, or Maddisson. The names are simply too different in style, especially for twins!

mermuse Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 11:32 am

Hi.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I recently wrote a post on the boards called “That Gut-Wrenching Feeling When You See YOUR Name!” I talked about how I have a super top-secret name I share with almost no one that I have become to think of my future daughter’s name (I’m not pregnant). This name is so special that I spend a lot of time wondering if any other girls’ name could go with it. I have always wanted multiple daughters, but I have been wondering exactly what this blog post asks–how important is “flow” or similar “style.” My gut tells me that I wouldn’t want a Blythe and an Anastasia (for example), because one is short and sweet and strong and almost boyish sounding while the other is long and frilly and more historical, as was being said in a previous reply. But if they are the names I truly love, that I would truly want for you daughters, should I do it anyway? I think the answer, as much as I hate to admit it, is no. I might love Paisley AND Augusta, but do they go together? Will Blythe always feel uglier and less special than her sister Anastasia? At the same time, I don’t want to name my daughter (or son) anything less than a name I TRULY LOVE. Gotta keep searching, I guess! 🙂

Linelei Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 12:09 pm

A friend of mine recently had a second child, and I think she did a fabulous job on sibling names ‘flowing’: Margaret and Oliver. Both are classic, timeless names, with the same number of syllables, but they’re not matchy-matchy either. Her daughter goes by the full name, not a nickname, so they will probably do the same with Oliver.

A problem with sibling sets is that many families are not traditional anymore, and so the ‘yours, mine, and ours’ situation can cause poor flow of sibling names. For example, my half-sister’s name is incredibly trendy, while my name is fairly unique. My sister did that with her kids, too: the children from her first marriage have common, classic, biblical names (David and Benjamin), while the two from her second marriage are newer and a little trendier (Ethan and Baylie). Separately, the sets work well together, but as a foursome, they don’t really flow.

@Stephanie: I actually like Savannah and Zoe together. 🙂

Sarah Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I don’t see why sibling names need to be of a similar style. You’re building a family, not a corporate brand.

andreachristine Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 12:33 pm

i feel conflicted on this matter. i usually don’t like themes, but think sibling sets should in some way go together, but i’m pretty loose with my definition of “in some way”. for instance, i love Eliza and Greer, meredith! you definitely don’t want twins to be too matchy-matchy… they need a reason to feel unique. and while Eliza is super feminine and Greer is trendy masculine surname, there’s something about the pair to me that is perfect.

there almost has to be a pretty obvious no-no for it not to work for me. for instance, i remember how seriously angry i was (at age 14) when my cousin named his second daughter Colleen when the first was Kathleen… such an obvious mis-match!

but then don’t get me started on the duggars…

Kayt Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 2:52 pm

My son is currently an only, but I do have a sister. We’re Katherine Elizabeth and Amelia Margaret. Growing up, I thought it was a weird set because my name was so popular and hers wasn’t, but I think they are great together now!

British American Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Being the name-obsessed person that I am, I do like it when sibling names are of the same style. But that being said, you have to actually feel that the name is one that you love for your child – and not that it just fits your style pattern.

We have friends with children named Eliz@beth (Lizzie), M@tthew and Emm@ – and I like how those names go well together, with the classic feel.

Another family has Ge0rge, Gr@ce and P!per (girl). I found the choice of Piper surprising, though the Mom once commented that it was a name they just really liked – and that’s definitely better than feeling that you have to pick another one syllable, old-fashioned G name just to match your other children’s names. Another example I know of is sisters called Eden and Del@ney.

Our daughter has a one syllable name (Rose) and so I thought about one syllable names for our son, but we ended up with two syllables (Henry). I do really like that both names are old fashioned and have an English vibe about them. Which would pose a naming challenge if we were to have a third child. Though I did think, first child=one syllable, second child=two syllables, so third child could have a three syllable name. 😛

Mine and my brother’s names are somewhat matchy, with the same starting letter and two syllables – Jennie and Jordan. I kind of like that though. My friend’s parents picked even matchier ones, her and her sister are Jennie and Jessie, with a J last-name.

Oh and friends just had a baby. Their children are Eth@n and C@aitlin, so I was guessing Owen for the new baby – but they went with Levi. Though that follows the ‘Old Testament boy names’ theme.

MollyK Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I understand why flow and style matters to some people. But for me, as long as the names don’t rhyme (Terri and Sheri) or sound too similar (Taylor and Tyler) then I think you can build a sibset however you want! I have a wide variety in tastes in names so my kids may have differnt styles of names but that is ok with me.

Meryl Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 5:56 pm

When I was pregnant with my first I was definetly NOT thinking of building a sib-set. Since I was not married and really had not ever planned on having children I just picked a name I loved. A few years later when I fell in love and became pregnant with my son I started to think about flow and style. My siblings and I all have M names which I feel is too matchy. I was definitely concerned with keeping in the same style: nature, latin based, unusual names. This was difficult since I had to collaborate with a new partner who had not had a say in my older daughters name. My children’s names are Lila (lee-La) meaning Lilac and Miró named for Joan Miró. We do plan on having more children and YES I am afraid that I have trapped my self in a two syllable four letter flow.

I think it is most important to LOVE the name you choose for your child and for the style to be somewhat similar. For example if I have another girl I would consider Clementine even though it is much longer I feel like it is just as feminine and pretty as Lila.

Worst sib-set is Ava and Leighton (a girl). I don’t like a supper fem name mixed with a unisex name. It makes me think that the parent really has not thought things through and was watching gossip girl and liked leighton messler so decided to use that name.

Shannon Kay Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I guess that depends on what you mean by “flow”. I think that sibling names should sound good together, it shouldn’t be hard to say the names together.

They don’t have to be “themed”, but if you start with a theme, continue it! It sounds weird if you have a Holly, Polly, and Molly, and then a fourth named Faye or something.

One thing I’ve noticed is names shrinking in length with siblings. For example, my name is Shannon, and my sisters are Holly and Amy. My mom and her sisters’ names are Melodee, Karin, and Tana.

Some sibling sets that I know
Samantha, Alicia, Julia
Ella and Zoe
Luke and Jake
Sidney, Chloe, and Zachary
Titus, Ezekiel, Judah

I like Savannah and Zoe together too.

Devon Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 10:21 pm

I think it’s important that the names go together, regardless of style or flow. You don’t want the names to be so random that you wonder if the same parents named both children.

My mum and her sibling have the most gorgeous name set.
William
Elizabeth
Anne
John
Yes, it’s very traditional and very English, but I think it’s gorgeous that they went with all regal names.

When I have kids, their names are going to have the same style. I love what Naomi Watts named her boys: Alexander Pete & Samuel Kai. Both strong, masculine first names with trendier and simple middle names. Perfect.

peach Says:

April 23rd, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Meryl – I love Lila & Clementine together!

I too am equally concerned with style and flow when considering sibsets.

Sweet sibsets of people I know: Fiona & Ciaran, Cosmo & Demeter, Abigail & Sally, Gillian & Aubrey.

Laura Says:

April 24th, 2010 at 12:15 am

As a late blooming Name nerd this one is hard for me. I do think flow is important especially for same gender siblings and those close in age. For my first 4 kids I stayed completely traditional using well know Christian names (not super popular ones those) but now that I’ve discovered some botanical names that I love and I’m not sure if they flow as a sibset with Claire and Katherine.

http://legitbabenames.wordpress.com/ Says:

April 24th, 2010 at 9:14 am

I disagree about Sophie and Eurydice not working. They are both Greek names, steeped in thousands of years in history. If anything I think they would make a great sibset.

Erin Says:

April 24th, 2010 at 9:49 am

I am also struggling with making sure our new arrival will work with her older sister. I say “work” because it’s more than just flow or style… maybe these are too similiar to be sisters: Annabelle and Emmeline. I just can’t figure it out. Then I get to thinking, if we ever have a 3rd girl, what do I name her if her sisters are Annabelle and Emmeline? That one stumps me.
I really like Annabelle and Jillian, but if we have a 3rd and it’s a boy it will be John. So do I stay away from Jillian so I don’t risk having Annabelle, Jillian and John? (My husband is against calling him Jack, so no, it won’t be Jack and Jill:)
So yes, figuring out an ideal sibset is tricky. My husband thinks I’m crazy and none of it matters!!
The only other name on my list is Cadence, but I haven’t managed to get him to come around on that one yet. I wouldn’t have any of these doubts with Annabelle and Cadence!

LucyJane Says:

April 24th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I’m a little late. But I’ll add my input! I think “flow” is somewhat important but, with that said its HARD to find names that feel right to both you and your spouse. (Read the message boards for proof!) So although its on my mind, if we both agree we love a name and it doesn’t “flow” with the first born, I don’t think it will necessarily stop us from using it.

Sellons Says:

April 24th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I think flow does matter quite a bit. Not in the sense that they have to have some kind of theme. But I think when you say all the names together it should flow out of your mouth easily like, Valentina and Vaughan.

jodylynn Says:

April 25th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

strangest sibset i have encountered: Fox, Vayle and Aiden…which does not belong…hmmm

Lindsey Says:

April 25th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

As others have said, I feel like similar style is more important than flow, but it’s certainly great if you can wrangle a group of names that go together stylistically and sonically. A couple of my favorite sibsets are Evelyn, Hugh, Millie, and Oliver; Will, Ben, and Emma; and Ava, Charlie, and Ruby–3 groups of names that have the same style and sound good together!

Dove14 Says:

April 27th, 2010 at 10:56 am

I agree with pretty much all the previous comments: sibling names should “go” together, but “go” is a loose term. I know quite a few families who have a wide range of names but they somehow all work together. Afterall, loving a name is always the most important thing!

And yes, agreeing with your spouse makes a difference too! If my husband and I manage to agree on something, that will be a name we use! The nice thing about that is that the names we both like tend to fall within a certain category and they all work well together!
I guess I am lucky that way! 🙂

Mandi Says:

April 30th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Here’s a thought nobody’s had.
How many of us have been picked on because of our names?

My best friend’s kids are Alexander, Taylor-Anne, Theodocia and Samuel. Alexander, Taylor-Anne and Samuel are pretty timeless, but what about Theadocia? I can’t come up with a lot of bad teasing nicknames for the others, but poor Dodie (and yeah, her mother came up with that gem of a nickname) is going to be DoDo the first time there’s a mean kid in class. Xander, Taylor and Samuel don’t have that worry.

Another combo that one name sticks out: Nathan, Maya, Brody and Nina. Nathan has a name that allows nicknames, but Maya (My-uh), Brody and Nina don’t.

Here’s some sets to consider:
Ryan, Jennifer, Amanda (me and my siblings) (Interestingly enough, my step siblings are Mandy and Michael)
Dale, Kenneth, Randal, Lisa (my mother and her brothers)
Roger, Simeon, Claire, Roberta (dad and his siblings)
Ruth, Dorothy, Ray, Lloyd, Charles, Bobby, Brenda, Wanda, Max (my grandfather’s family…)

The names all have some kind of flow.
I agree with a previous poster who said it just doesn’t feel right when it’s random out of a hat.

I worry more about feel. I don’t care where its from. I don’t care what it means. But Sun, Moon and Peter just aren’t right together, and I wouldn’t put Dyk and Mytchil with Christopher. (for the record, I wouldn’t put Dyk or Mytchil anywhere but a shredder… it’s totally just an example)

But I wouldn’t want them to rhyme, all have the same number of syllables, be cutesy together, etc. I want my kids to feel like unique human beings. So no Brad, Bryan, Brenda, Bryce, and no Terry, Larry, Cary.

Savannah Says:

May 2nd, 2010 at 8:47 pm

My kids are Isabella Rose and Elizabeth Renae(Twins)10, Bryleigh Noelle7, Liam Emmett6, Julia Grace2, and Caeden Gabriel(on the way).

danielle Says:

May 6th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

@ Mandi-

I am naming my future son Bro(a)dy (a family name) and we plan on calling him Bo. But don’t tell your friend because Ihate that the name has skyrocketed in popularity and he’s already going to be a Smith…
🙂

kalstin Says:

May 10th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I know a family with where the siblings are named Pierre, Elise, Eluthere, and Benjamin (known as Ben.) I always felt that poor Ben just didn’t fit in with all those lovely French names. But they were all named for famous ancestors so I guess that was more important than having a consistent style.

megan Says:

May 12th, 2010 at 7:40 am

As a teacher I don’t like same names in different languages such as Isabelle & Elizabeth (above) or siblings with the same letter such as Ellie & Emma (who I currently teach). It might sound nice at home but it is a pain on school rolls when you have two children with the same initials. My own children are a celebration of our Scottish ancestry: Scott, Cameron & Fiona.

iris1973 Says:

May 12th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

@Erin – I like Annabelle and Emmeline. Suggestion for baby three: Jessamine. I have a Zoe Emmeline, and I think if we have another girl I will name her (something) Jessamine. My rationale is that Emmeline and Jessamine both have an old timey feel to them, and have a similar cadence. Don’t know another name like Zoe though, so there I’m stumped. I need a strong, short name with a strong letter in it.

Sunshinetina Says:

May 24th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

My husband and I chose to name our children after those in our families who had gone before us. For us, this leaves us with quite the crop of names.
We have a Matilda Geneva and baby Eloise Austin. We chose to use the locations in which the child was concieved as their middle names.
As for flow, I think it is important. My cousins names are Amina, Holmes and Salma. While the names dont flow together their middle names do, and all three first names have to do with safety. Amina Anne, Holmes Anthony, Salma Andrea. At least one set of names whould sound the same.

Demetrius Says:

June 25th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

i want tons of kids because my famiy has abot 6 kids per person so yea anyway i want 10 my girls names should be
lyindsay- yvetta-melonie-tina
and my boys
Junior-Mark-Thomas-Nick-Ian-polix-ronald- bb- especially polix and ronald but they all sound good

kitsune Says:

July 13th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I am a big believer in sib-sets with similar style. Not that they necessarily have to “flow,” but I like when you can sort of tell which children belong to the same family by their names. As with everything, though, you do still need to be reasonable.

My mother intended to name my sister Shauna Michelle, but was convinced at the last minute to change it to Shauna Melissa. So when I was born almost 7 years later, she decided to give us matching initials and made up an “S” name, naming me Sharise Michelle. I was rather bitter about even my initials being hand-me-down, but once I grew up a little I got over it.

I have two boys named Kanah and Kelton. Both names are rather old-fashioned, and aren’t very widely used. I wanted something that was different, unique, but not something completely off-the-wall or made up. Kanah is a family name, so I didn’t really think much about it. When I found out I was having a second boy, I didn’t start out looking for another “K” name with the intent of matching them. I just like names that start with that hard K sound, and my husband happened across Kelton in a Stephen King book, and we both really liked it.

My husband’s cousin has two girls named Savannah and Sienna, which are very similar. I remember Savannah calling herself “Sanna” because she couldn’t pronounce her full name, so it seems a little like they named the younger one a diminutive of the older one’s name.

Another cousin has three kids: Noah, Elizabeth and Joshua. Those go really well together because they’re all popular biblical names.

But then, I have seen sib-sets with names like Paradise, Heaven and Haven; Precious, Princess and Treasure; Osiris, Rameses, Imsety, Aset, Nebthet, Neith and Selket; Tomorion, Tomerionia and Tomony. Like I said, I really like seeing sib-sets with names that have similar style – it would be weird to see Sandra and Trinity, or Benjamin and Quintavious – but you don’t want to be calling your children and sound like you’re reading from a thesaurus.

Elizabeth Says:

September 2nd, 2010 at 7:24 am

As a Nurse who has delivered babies and cared for them in the NICU, I think that names are very important. I also have heard some real doozies in my time.

I think that if you spend too much time worrying about the way names work together you might lose the individuality of your children. Remember that we, as parents, are the link between our children and if we like two names then there must be something about them that is similar or the same person would not have liked both of them.

I believe that when choosing names it is important to decide what is important to you and your family. For example, my husband is of Scottish decent, so we decided we wanted gaelic names. We also think that meaning is important, we also try to keep in mind that their initials do not spell something weird or offensive.

I think that if you love a name and wish to bestow it on your child, your love and appreciation for that name makes it work together. Mother of: Josee, Dalton, Brennan and Aleena

amanda Says:

November 10th, 2010 at 4:02 am

I believe that some sort of flow is important and it needs to sound right when saying the names together. I am pregnant with my second girl and trying to figure out what name will go nicely with Savannah. I do not want a “city” theme. I really like the name Kaitlyn. Savannah’s nickname is Savy so it would be Savy and Katie. What are your thoughts and different name suggestions?

Momof3 Says:

November 15th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I have often wished that I would have named my oldest something different, but being new to parenthood, and compromising with my husband, we arrived at Meghan Mackenzie. Our second daughter’s name, Charlotte Isabelle, was an easy decision, though it didn’t exactly go well with Meghan. Third, the boy, Jack Harrison, was again a compromise, but has grown on me. All in all, seeing them together, I can’t imagine them named anything else but, Meghan, Charlotte and Jack. Any thoughts for baby number 4’s name???

crazynamegirl Says:

March 1st, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Here’s an expression that applys when putting together a sibset, or (this is the context I first heard it in) when putting together an outfit: it doesn’t have to match, but it has to go. Agreed. Also, I was reading some of the comments, and there was mention of naming a child Greer. Of all names in the world, WHY THAT ONE???!!! I’m sorry, but that is one of the ugliest names I’ve ever heard. What’s there to like about it?!

Sparkle Says:

March 15th, 2011 at 2:47 am

How about Savannah and Holland. Savvy and Holly! Both place names with a cute nn!

Livi Says:

April 23rd, 2011 at 1:14 pm

My sisters and I have a very mis-matched sibset in my opinion. Renee Elizabeth, Deanna Elise, and Olivia Gail in order of birth. Renee is a classic French name, Deanna is really unusual, and Olivia is a popular and trendy name. It seems like we were all chosen out of three different lists.

Mommyoftwo Says:

May 26th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

What about Savannah and Evanie? I’m from a large family and have never really thought about the ‘flow’ of our names, I think you can get away with it when there’s an army of children. But I’m really struggling with naming our second because of this issue.
My sisters and I are: Diana, Carolyn, Debra, Krystal, Janette, Kymberly, and Constance. And the brothers are: Nathan, Don, Joshua, and Trevor.
My first is Evanie Josephine. What on earth will our second girl be? My husband likes Autumn Grace….does that work? Another suggestion is Vada Grace or Marlowe Grace? Do any of these work? Samaira Grace? I’m starting to dream about nameless children, it’s stressing me out.

BeeJay Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 11:51 am

I think “flow” is irrelevant and unimportant. Who cares? After the first maybe 10 years, siblings’ names aren’t even recited together most of the time, unless you’re the Duggars. Name your kids the names you want them to have and carry throughout their lives. If the flow is important to you, go right ahead, but recognize that it really is an irrelevant reason to name children.

NameLovingWriter Says:

September 3rd, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Some sibsets I know – some not so well together and some that are

Kaila and Shane,
Kaila Robbie and Ava,
Donald Jr. Michael David and Kerry,
David Dean Doug Donald Dana and Darren,
John Donald and Sandy,
Kaitlyn Kristyn and Kylie,
Tyler and Jillian,
Brianna and Brandon,
Amanda Jonathan Alyson and Elizabeth,
Mathew and Colby,
Melissa Emily David and Madelyn,
Lauren Allison Emily David Chelsea Benjamin and Patrick, Danielle and Deanna,
Hailey Marilyn Danya and James,
Heather Kristen Megan and Shannon,
Jeffery Jr. and Nicholas,
Benjamin Dominic and Lilah,
Jennifer and Joanna,
Julian and Natalia,
Jack Caitlin Alex and Sinead,
Rochelle and Rauiri,
Tanika and Ashira,
Samantha Derek and Justin,
Michelle and Daniel,
Gwyneth and Margot,
Elizabeth Roseanne and Timothy,
Christine and Julia,
Tatiana and Sampson,
Alana and Thom,
Anthony Mary and Joseph,
Brian Ciara and Declan,
Tabitha and Madigan,
Caleb Katia and Karina,
Sophia and Lily,
Autumn and Winter,
Jaqueline Dean and Marshall,
Berlin and Jean,
Darnell and Darshell,
Madilyn and Henry,
Sophia and Daphne,
Carolyn and Michael,
Abigail Katherine and Michael,
Jane Sarah Abigail and Emma,
Brendan Noah Kayla,
Stella and Luna,

guest123 Says:

September 16th, 2014 at 4:44 am

I don’t think it’s critical, but certainly sounds much nicer when they are similar in style. Unfortunately I never considered sibsets when naming our first, and have always felt frustrated our kids’ names clash in style greatly. I can only suggest to others naming firstborns that if one name on your list that you love is totally opposite in style to the majority of names on your list, that’s a great reason to cross it off!

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