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.
We’re not talking about unisex names here, but similar but distinctly gendered names. So, Romy and Roman rather than the gender-neutral Rowan. Or Ella and Eli rather than the now-unisex Elliot.
Parents who like the girls’ version of a name might use that as a way to find a boys’ name they love. The down side: If you name your son Eli, you probably won’t want to name his little sister Ella.
Here, the newest brother and sister versions of stylish baby names: