Sibling Names: The latest from London
We love combing the birth announcements in the London Telegraph for baby name trends and ideas.
Each time we issue a report, we look for a different focus — unusual names, fascinating middle name combinations — and today it’s sibling names.
Some observations: The newest vintage names being unpacked from mothballs in England are Martha and Herbert. Some of the most charming combinations mix ethnicities (Emiko and Freddie) or match first letters (Orlando and Ophelia). Out-of-the-box middle names include word names, place-names, and surnames such as Spark, Houston, and Allgood.
Oh, and, as usual, these British parents manage to find baby names that are distinctive and adventurous and gorgeous without resorting to (almost ever) strange inventions or kree8tiv spellings.
Our picks from the latest announcements:
Still want more? See all the London Telegraph birth announcements here.
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on September 15th, 2014 at 11:15 pm
Esme Violet Mary and Ottilie is just so precious!
on September 15th, 2014 at 11:26 pm
I just LOVE the Telegraph Birth Announcement *heart eyes*! It’s like Christmas everytime I look. British parents are so adventurous and brave and make some beautiful creations!
Valentina Frances Diana
Martha Violet Patricia
are my favorites.
Emiko is making me want to use a Japanese name even more!
on September 15th, 2014 at 11:59 pm
I do love those double-barreled middles.
Atalanta Prudence Lovelace, a sister for Hugo and Ranulph
Claudia Fenella Beatrix, sister for Tatiana Fleur Jemima
Emiko Iris Lilo Gar, sister for Freddie (WOW)
Esme Violet Mary, sister for Ottilie
Frida Llewella Marion, sister for Magnus and Eira
Indra Jane Martha, sister for Jago
Ottilie Beatrix, sister for Poppy, Edward, and Albert
Rosemary Elizabeth, sister for Patrick and Alanna
Gabriel Valentine Spark (possibly one of the best names I’ve seen, ever)
Hamish Benedict Nicholas, brother for Arthur
Inigo William, brother for Henry
Marcus Kashima, brother for Jolyon and Natsumi
Orlando Jonathan, brother for Ophelia (I wonder if all the kids will have O-names?)
Rory Christopher Earle, brother for Eliza Virginia Rose
Wilbur Henry Jardine, brother for Edmund
I wonder how Luxmi is pronounced. Is it a legitimate name, or a modern creation?
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on September 16th, 2014 at 12:41 am
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on September 16th, 2014 at 2:14 am
I absolutely adore the British naming style. Such a charming mix of classic and edgy, almost all of these names and sibsets made me smile.
@augusta_lee I’m assuming Luxmi to be pronounced LUKSH-mee, a variation on the Indian girls name Lakshmi (also spelled Laxmi). I love this name and have actually thought about this particular spelling in the past, as a way to get the nickname Lux.
on September 16th, 2014 at 4:55 am
Such a wonderful list! Love love love it!
on September 16th, 2014 at 6:52 am
I adore the combinations of Esme Violet Mary, and Honora Iris (with a sister named Peonie nonetheless!), however, Martha is rather commonplace from my understanding in the UK? I know several teenagers from England, Scotland and Wales named Martha 🙂 I think it was in the top 200 18 years ago as well (roughly around the time I was born).
on September 16th, 2014 at 8:03 am
Every time I read these, I bemoan the fact that my ancestors left England! I so prefer them to American naming trends.
on September 16th, 2014 at 8:06 am
I’ve found a new love: Atalanta.
There were so many amazing names, complimenting their siblings so well! A+ effort London! The ones that I particularly loved (just typing the first names only because I’m lazy) were:
Claudia and Tatiana
Esme and Ottilie
Frida, Magnus and Eira
Lola, Jack, Ollie, Tommy, Kiki (love!!!), Sebastian
Finnian and Ossian
Orlando and Ophelia
Wylder and River
on September 16th, 2014 at 9:16 am
Love Martha — I would have named another daughter Martha. And Honora, Claudia, Esme, Valentina, Tatiana, and Peonie.
And Bertram — it’s a family name, and I’ve always loved it. Albert and Wilf, Valentine and Magnus. But Frith for a boy is amazing, seeing as how it is the Anglo-Saxon name for the goddess Freja.
on September 16th, 2014 at 10:14 am
*Smiles with pride for my country* 🙂
on September 16th, 2014 at 11:09 am
Why did the parents of Constance, Beatrice, and Elias name their fourth child Jedediah?
Some of these names are a bit elaborate. Sometimes one middle name is enough.
I quite like Esme Violet Mary. The two middles there are not over the top.
on September 16th, 2014 at 11:15 am
I’m not actually keen on
on September 16th, 2014 at 11:29 am
I know the spelling here is Jemina, but I’ve been tossing around Gemina (nn Gemma) for our sweet girl. Glad to see it’s not completely unheard of, just unusual! Love these names. Fabulous list.
on September 16th, 2014 at 2:17 pm
Also these Brits are making me adore Martha even more. I’m leaving my “First Lady” impression behind and starting to think the name is so soft and beautiful.
on September 16th, 2014 at 8:06 pm
Loving all the Valentine’s! It’s one of my favorite names, but I’ve relegated it to middle name status because I thought it was too tease-worthy. Hopefully by the time I’m having kids, it won’t be as weird here in the States! Plus Bertram and Caspar (though I prefer Casper) I always get funny looks when I tell people I love these names– maybe I should just move to England when I have kids. 🙂
on September 17th, 2014 at 12:27 am
We have a Martha Primrose and she is just beautiful inside and out. (Biased).
Most open minded people like Martha, it’s time she lost her haughty homely image. Our Martha is hilarious and so much fun yet feminine and soft.
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