by Sophie Kihm
Baby name sibset patterns can be very cute and add cohesion when done well. But sometimes it can get you into trouble. Take Ayesha and Steph Curry. They have two daughters named Riley and Ryan, and now Ayesha is pregnant with their third child. Ryker or Ryder seems like the obvious choice for a boy, but if they have another daughter, this could be the end of the Ry– pattern.
Kimberly and James Van Der Beek (shown) are also in a predicament if they have another baby girl. Each of their children has a 3+ syllable name, and their daughters’ names all start with vowels—O, A, and E– which leaves I and U. My top choice for them is Isla, which follows the different vowel pattern, but not the syllable count one.
All this is to say—patterns can be great, but if they’re too restrictive, be prepared to give up some of the requirements as more children are added to the mix. I’m excited to see how these celebrities handle the challenge, and I’ve weighed in with my predictions below.
Laina Rose Thyfault and Chris Klein’s son Frederick is named for Chris‘s dad, Fred, but the kiddo actually goes by his middle name, Easton, which gives us a better sense of his parents’ naming style. However, I’d love to see them follow a similar pattern of using the honor names first. Chris‘s mother’s name offers some great possibilities—her maiden name, Bergen, would be darling on a son, and while slightly dated, her first name, Therese, lends itself to the sweet (and not at all dated) nickname Tess.
Golden State Warriors star player Steph Curry (born Wardell) and his wife Ayesha are expecting their third child, but after daughters named Riley and Ryan, what name comes next? There are only so many other Ry– names (and many of them rhyme with Ryan), so my best guess is that they might give up the Ry– sound pattern for the broader R initial one.
Luisana Lopilato and Michael Bublé
Noah and Elias are both gentle names for boys that have a religious bent. They also work well in Luisana Lopilato’s native Spanish, an important factor to consider when naming cross-cultural babies. Luisana and Michael obviously aren’t averse to to using names higher up on the popularity charts, so I imagine they will use another well-liked moniker for Elias and Noah‘s baby brother or sister.
Girl: Amelia, Annabella, Eden, Grace, Hannah, Isabel, Lily, Mia, Olivia, Sofia
Interior design superstars Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are adding a baby boy to their family! They named their daughter Poppy back in 2015—a stylish choice that’s underused in America, but quite popular across the pond. In all likelihood, they’ll choose a similarly friendly and fashionable name for her younger brother.
Singer Michelle Branch gave her daughter the gender-bending name Owen over a decade ago. Now, twelve years later, she is expecting her second child. Have her tastes shifted over the years, or would she go for another masculine name for a daughter? Whatever she picks, I’m sure it will be modern and stylish.
Girl: Elliot, Finn, James, Jude, Kit, Mason, Noa, Parker, Rory, Sawyer
Rachel McAdams may be best known for her acting, but she’s also an active environmentalist. That makes me wonder if she’ll choose a nature name for her baby, although with a surname like Linden, it could become too much of a good thing. Perhaps a name with subtle nature ties, like Cyrus or Daphne, might be better for Rachel and Jamie‘s son or daughter.
After four children, the Van Der Beeks have clearly defined preferences when it comes to baby names. Long, soft names are a must for either gender, and for their daughters, they like names that start with vowels. Some of these requirements are more easily met than others, so I’m eager to see which ones the Van Der Beeks value most when they name baby #5.
The strong but friendly name Rocco was chosen by Sophie Flack and Josh Charles for their son back in 2014. Although the name is Italian in origin, neither Sophie nor Josh have Italian heritage. That makes me think they chose Rocco more for its style cred than its backstory, so I don’t think we should expect another Italian name from this couple. Although who knows? Rocco and Luca makes a pretty darn cute combination.
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