Category: naming siblings
By Melissa Willets
There’s nothing like your first love. It’s uncomplicated, pure. It’s an easy love you don’t question or overthink. You simply enjoy the ride.
A second love can be just as beautiful, but there’s baggage now. You might battle insecurities, or fears that this relationship won’t stand up to your first love, or, ultimately, be what you want.
By a third, fourth, (or fifth, etc.) love, there’s even more baggage. You overthink everything, at every turn. What if this? What if that? And so it goes, no matter how many times you fall for someone.
Falling in love is actually much like the process of baby naming. Just stick with me… I’m thinking back to naming our first daughter. How, much like my first love, it couldn’t have been more effortless. Never did I feel any reservations that it was meant to be. Dana. Perfection.
I did a name consultation not too long ago for a couple who had picked out Felicity for a girl, which was a name full of meaning for them, only to discover they were having a boy, and they couldn’t think of any boy names they loved as much as they loved Felicity.
When I posted the dilemma to my blog, one of my readers suggested Felix to them, reasoning, “Since [the mom] was really excited about Felicity’s meaning and saintly pedigree, Felix really seems the perfect alternative to me! Popular in the UK, Spain, and Germany, it definitely has a hip, continental thing about it while not being unusual or hard to pronounce, and the x-ending makes it flow very well into middle names beginning with either a vowel or a consonant!”
British birth announcement time is a little like Christmas here at Nameberry, with an array of baby names waiting to be examined and admired.
Today our focus is on sibling names. The baby names here from recent birth announcements in the London Telegraph are notable not just for their own wonderfulness, but for how well they go with the names of their brothers and sisters.
We are expecting our third child this June and are super excited – although I am tired of calling him my little Ninja!
It’s a boy.
My preference is that our new son is named after some elder in the family so he does not feel left out.
Some family names are: Christopher, Clarke, Connor, Matthew, Mitchell, and Patrick. Other names we have considered include Andrew, Colin, Daniel, Evan, Gabriel, Johnathan, Julian, Nicholas, Timothy, and William.
We both like Andrew as a middle name and that would make all their middle initials a vowel. I also want their names to flow well together. Dale and Jules sound good when I say it, and so do Vincent and Juliet.
Also, I don’t want my sons to be RAT, or some other initials that will not work together.
Lastly, my son has decided that the baby’s name is DJ and is sticking with it, I just thought I would throw that in there!
The Name Sage replies:
We are expecting our second child on February 16th, exactly two years after we welcomed our daughter, Evelina Viti. She goes by Lina. We chose not to find out the gender again this time, but it is making choosing a name that much harder!
Evelina’s middle name is from my husband’s family, which is very Italian. Our last name is Italian, too, and ends in ‘o’.
If this baby is a girl, we are equally stumped. I have suggested Lorelei, a nod to my German heritage. My husband is not totally opposed, but he doesn’t like that it means temptress. The middle name will be Magdalena, after my grandmother.
We both love traditional names that are somewhat unusual now. The meaning of the name is also important to us. We had a difficult pregnancy, so the fact that Evelina meant “wished for child” made it even more perfect.
So basically, I am afraid I won’t be able to find a name I love as much as my firstborn’s name!
The Name Sage replies: