Surfer Names, Sibsets and Starbabies in the News

Barrel McNamara and Biba Bluebell

By Clare Green (nee Bristow)

As I’m writing this, there’s been no news of the royal baby’s name yet. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of other name news this week, including huge families, surfing- and clothing-inspired names, and well-matched celebrity siblings.

She’s a boy again

Naming 14 boys sounds like an elaborate game from the Nameberry forums, but it’s reality for Jay and Kateri Schwandt. They already had 13 sons called (deep breath) Tyler, Zach, Drew, Brandon, Tommy, Vinny, Calvin, Gabe, Wesley, Charlie, Luke, Tucker, and Francisco, and they’ve just welcomed their fourteenth son, Finley Sheboygan.

That middle name comes from a story the couple heard. A father with a lot of boys was convinced that his last child would be a girl. When it wasn’t, he named his son Sheboygan: “she’s a boy again”. True? False? Who knows, but it’s a fun middle name to give to what they think will be their last kid.

Reading through the brothers’ names, you can see two decades of trends in action, but they still feel like they fit together as a team. Tyler was a staple of the 1990s; Tucker is a fresher version for the 21st century. How about you: could you easily name 14 boys? Or would you be all out of ideas by son number 3?

Surfing babies: Theia and Barrel

Big wave surfer Garrett McNamara is also a master of big names. He and his wife have just welcomed their daughter Theia Love Nazare Celeste Rose. We know the meaning behind some of those names. Nazaré is a town in Portugal where the family have a second home – Garrett also broke a world record there. Celeste is the name (and proprietor) of his favorite restaurant there, and Rose is a family name. Their older son, excitingly, is called Barrel – that’s the hollow part of a wave.

Another pro surfer, Bethany Hamilton, recently welcomed her son Wesley Phillip. And looking further back in time, the Irish surfer Easkey Britton was herself named after a famous wave off the coast of Ireland.

Whether you love hitting the waves or are just looking for a name that conjures up the ocean, this post on cool surfers’ names is full of ideas.

Fashion, football and hidden meanings

A Scottish announcement for Biba Bluebell caught my eye this week. Firstly, that’s a lot of alliteration in four syllables. Secondly, there’s a bit more to it than meets the eye. Biba’s news presenter mother got the name from a clothing brand, which is itself named after the founder’s sister (short for the Polish name Biruta). Biba shares her middle name, Bluebell, with her big sister Remi. It’s inspired not directly by the flower, but by dad’s old junior soccer team.

It just goes to show, even a name that seems straightforward can have an unexpected story behind it.

Well-matched starbaby siblings

Of course, there are ways to coordinate your children’s names without giving them the same middle name.

What about rhyming middle names? Dwayne “The RockJohnson has a daughter called Jasmine Lia…and now he has another one, Tiana Gia. (If you noticed that both girls also have Disney Princess names, you’re not the only one.) This makes The Rock the latest in a long line of celebrities to use Gia. Another recent one is Gia Leblane (known as Gigi), daughter of the Australian model Gary Clark Jr. Her first name honors her mother’s father, Giuseppe.

Model Coco Rocha has also gone down the route of similar names with her newborn son, Iver Eames. His big sister is Ioni James. Rocha and her husband have a knack for choosing rare names with stylish sounds – Iver was only given to 47 boys in 2016. I can’t help but wonder: if they had a third child, whether they’d continue the theme of I___ _ames. Indy Hames? Izak Tames?

Hudson and Haven are another complementary pair: they’re both modern, slightly unisex names on the upswing. They’re the new twins of Dancing with the Stars couple Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson.

Naming wisdom from Twitter

These tweets about baby names might make you laugh (or cry, if the struggle is all too real). My favorites are the name suggestions from older siblings. You know, helpful suggestions like Optimus Prime, Woody Woodpecker, and Fence.

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kennamoon Says:

April 26th, 2018 at 2:44 am

If I had 14 sons I’d name them…

Cedric Mason “Ceddy”
Liori Reign “Leo”
Deangelo Carter
Asher Wolfson
Wiley Drake
Sly Oliver
Grantley Nat
Bentley Cole “Ben”
Pacey Gabriel
Frank Lafayette
Callen Blaze
Jory Ephraim
Marcel Bellamy “Mars”
Hezekiah Cody “Ki”

missresincup Says:

April 26th, 2018 at 4:42 am


Dylan Jacob
Iain James
Aaron Christopher
Ezra Etienne
Aiden Anton
Otto Andrew
Felix Matthew
Eoin (O-en) Oliver
Bodhi Sebastian
Tristan Kai
Ellis Spencer
Theo (TE-o) Grey
Ryan Levi

Doable … but it’s probably easier coming up with 13 at once cause you can spread out the names you love as first names. In reality you’d probably use some of them as middles on say child 1 through 8 which would make it incredibly hard to come up with names you utterly love for the last few kids.
I wouldn’t be able to do it (+ love the names) I think.
I’ve also used 3 names I’d prefer for daughters (Dylan Eloise, Aaren Isabel, Ezra Sophie), which makes the combos I chose on top less appealing already.

On another note: I find Biba Bluebell horrific … to me it sounds like a sheep from a cartoon. Sorry.

onomastodon Says:

April 26th, 2018 at 7:22 am

Just wanted to mention that I think it’s Gary Clark’s wife (Nicole Trunfio) who’s an Australian model. I’m pretty sure Clark himself is from the USA. : )

ClareB Says:

April 26th, 2018 at 7:33 am

@onomastodon Oops you’re right of course! We’ll spotted 🙂

marisarose Says:

April 26th, 2018 at 10:01 am

14 sons?!

Liam Anthony
Patrick Thomas
Robert Scott
James Matthew
Oliver George
Wesley Andrew
Miles Justice
Nathan Francis
Dylan Lewis
Luke Stephan
Colin Fredrick
Caleb Michael
Evan Mark
Henry Leo

ItIsThyme Says:

April 26th, 2018 at 2:03 pm

14 sons omg. I’d say the same about 14 girls! I’d have a way easier time naming the girls though! But Imma try 😀

North Davien Water
Adrias Balsam Wildsage
Emeric Mountain Shore
Bellamy Birch Harbour
Sycamore Cedric Wave
Bergamot Julian Valor
Banyan Bennet Rainforest
Moss Winston Fern
Aspen Arden Olivant
Kenai Oxalis Stone
Denahi Willow Emrys
Jasper Bravery Cove
Whistler Emmett Thyme
Bard Everett Starling

That took a while! But I really like a lot of those! I think I just stretched myself into having a new long boys list 😀

tp b Says:

April 26th, 2018 at 6:28 pm

We’re on daughter #7, due July.

All of our girls have two honour names + a virtue name. Think “Philippa Helen Constance” — though that’s not one of our names. We also announce the nickname at birth – a short form of the first name. Think “Pip”.

So yes @missresincup you’re right — some really good first names were used as middle names for earlier girls.

We’re also out of names if we ever have a #8 girl. Maybe should use my example name above. 😉

tp b Says:

April 26th, 2018 at 6:31 pm

… Honour = honouring a family member from the family tree.

After 7 girls, our remaining honour names make for slim pickings. My grandmother was an Irma and my wife’s grandmother was an Alma. When we had identical twins, we joked with everyone we’d name them Irma and Alma. In reality, those are names we just wouldn’t touch. Leave them for the next generation to revive.

AsherS Says:

April 26th, 2018 at 6:48 pm

Oliver Rhys (Ollie)
Camden Emory (Cam)
Henry Amias
Theodore Mason (Theo)
Jasper August
Jackson Pierce
Aspen Josiah (AJ)
Noah Avery
Polaris Everson (Ari, prn Airy)
Ezra Tamryn
Evan Storm
Matthias Caim (Matt)
David Abel
Tristan Ash

Wow, that took me a while to come up with the last four, but I really like all these names!

Ryver Says:

April 26th, 2018 at 9:05 pm

Caspian Artemis Jude “Cas”
Reilly Evander William
Cillian Robert Maverick
Milo Hadrian Rhys
Cabhan Conor Skye
James Devin Alexander “Jamie”
Logan Septimus Ren
Arlo Axl Cruz
Asa Augustus Fionn “Ace”
Samuel Decimus Lane “Sam”
Cian Harrison Lucius
Lucius Levi River
Sylas Oliver David “Sy”
Everett Orion Spear “Ever”

Ryver Says:

April 26th, 2018 at 9:06 pm

I realize I used Lucius twice so
Cian Harrison Lex
Lucius Levi River

hermioneameliastyles Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 4:21 pm

My Sons would be

Shepherd Wilder
Hendrix Grey
Keaton Archer
Finnley Levi
Elliott James
Ronan Atticus
Hayden Noah
Ezra Knox
Mackenzie Leland
Declan Carter
Jonah Patrick
Trenton Matthew
Colton Benjamin
Mason Theodore

tabitha Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 6:13 pm

@tp b: Friends used Amri in the middle spot to honour an Irma. I thought it was very clever!

tp b Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 8:59 pm

That is clever.

Sinclaiiir Says:

April 28th, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Gary Clark Jr is a famous American singer

CocoaPuff Says:

April 28th, 2018 at 11:35 pm

Marcel/Mars is really fresh, love it.

kizzy_delgado Says:

April 29th, 2018 at 4:51 am

14 sons DAMN

Alexander Zayden Beaufort “Ender”
Caspian Oliver Atlas “Koa”
Malachi Jakob Helios “Cai”
Xavier Amadeus Stellan “Xavi”
Tobias Maximilian Cove “Toby”
Sebastien William Prosper “Basti”
Calum Thomas Serafin “Cal”
Nikolai Rosen Bumblebee “Kolya”
Jasper Oceanside “Jack”
Theodore Calix Wolf “Theo”
Elias Abraham Winter “Eli”
Ethan Matthias Romeo “Eth”
Luca Matteo Roman “Lu”
Grayson Archimedes “Gray

Ender, Koa, Cai, Xavi, Toby, Basti, Cal, Kolya, Jack, Theo, Eli, Eth, Lu and Gray.

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