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  1. #1

    Famous Sibling Sets

    I've been reading a biography about Vincent Van Gogh. They mentioned his siblings names and I began to think about famous sibling sets. Pick your favorite sibling set below and add more.

    Children of Theodorus Van Gogh + Anna Cornelia Carbentus:
    Vincent Willem (died at birth; born exactly a year before Vincent to the day)
    Vincent Willem
    Anna Cornelia
    Theodorus (Theo)
    Elisabeth (Lies) Huberta
    Willemina (Wil) Jacoba
    Cornelius (Cor) Vincent

    Children of Patrick Brontë + Maria Branwell:
    Patrick Branwell
    Emily Jane

    Children of Cassandra + George Austen:
    Henry Thomas
    Francis (Frank) William
    Charles John
    Cassandra Elizabeth

    Some questions about the Van Gogh names:

    1. Would you use have reused Vincent Willem to honor your first child?

    2. A lot of the Van Gogh names are repeated or feminized. Would you have done the same?

    3. Would you have given Willemina the nickname Wil? Do you think that the names are surprisingly "masculine" in that they are merely feminine forms? (Something we don't see that often when it comes to Willemina and Jacoba).

    4. Any additions or comments are welcome.

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    My favourite of those would be the Van Goghs, I think.

    Some other 'sibsets' I like or consider interesting (I'm sure I've come across better ones; I'll post again when I remember):
    Arlo Guthrie: Arlo & Nora
    Burl Ives: Burl, Audry, Artie, Clarence, Argola, Lillburn, and Norma
    Theodore Roosevelt: Anna, Theodore, Elliot & Corinne
    Clementine Churchill: Clementine, Kitty, Nellie & John
    Harriet Beecher Stowe: Harriet, Catherine, William, Edward, Mary, George, Henry, Charles, Isabella, Thomas & James
    Emmeline Pankhurst's children: Sylvia, Christabel, Frank, Adela & Henry
    Honeysuckle Weeks: Honeysuckle, Perdita & Rollo
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    Eliza + Beatrix + Constance + Romilly + Clementine + Freya + Mabel + Agnes + Betty + Margot
    Felix + Ivo + Calloway + Walter + Linus + Otto + August + Hugo + Zebedee + Rollo + Phineas

  3. #5
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Just thinking off the top of my head:

    Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and Harper Beckham

    Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox Jolie-Pitt

    Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel Garner

    Sarah Jessica Parker- James, Tabitha, Marion

    Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel- Bruce Willis's

    Ben and Casey Affleck

    Eliza and Nate Dushku (they have brothers Ben and Aaron too)

    Nicholas Brendon and Kelly Donovan (twin brothers)

    Hansons: Isaac, Zac, Taylor

    Beyonce and Solange Knowles

    Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Dakota and Elle Fanning

    Jessica and Ashley Simpson

    Hilary and Haylie Duff

    Mary-Kate, Ashley, and Elizabeth Olson

    Tegan and Sara

    Dylan and Cole Sprouse

    John and Caroline Kennedy

    Sasha and Malia Obama

    Wynnona and Ashley Judd

    Donny and Marie Osmond

    Kelly, Jack, and Aimee Osbourne

    Nick and Drew Lachey

    Britney and Jamie Lynne Spears (have brother Bryan)
    Adriana Josephine,Alessandra Mary,Leah Susannah Claire,Mariana Abigail,Marisol Demetria,Caroline Michaela,Angelina Josephine,Susannah Loretta Fay,Leah Katarina,Eliza Cristina Joyce,Antonia Faith,Diana Jade,Audrina Rosemary,Sarah Guinevere,Catherine Ariadne, Jade Olivia *Nathaniel Malachi, Wesley Joseph,Gavin Daniel,Daniel Nico,Lewis Malcolm,Jared Levi,Jesse Levi,Connor Sebastian,Callum Wade,Keegan Jude,Quentin Dominic,Adam Elias,Calder Avery,Riley Shea,Adrian Daniel,Avery Shea,Joseph Dominic

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Columbus, OH
    1. I wouldn't have reused the name.

    2. Yes I would, but only like the Van Gogh's did, such as one have the middle name (Willem) and the other the first name form (Willemina). I wouldn't use both forms as first names!

    3. No - I would have called her Mimi. I don't find them masculine.


    My favorite sibling sets...

    Samuel & Susanna Wesley
    - Samuel
    - John (founder of the Methodist church)
    - Charles
    - Emilia
    - Susanna
    - Mary
    - Mehetabel (Hetty)
    - Anne
    - Martha
    - Kezia (Kezzie)

    Thomas & Mary Wedgwood
    - Anne
    - Mary
    - Thomas
    - Samuel
    - Margaret
    - John
    - Aaron
    - Abner
    - Richard
    - Catherine
    - Josiah (founder of Wedgwood Pottery)

    Josiah & Sarah Wedgwood
    - Susannah
    - John
    - Josiah
    - Thomas
    - Catherine
    - Sarah
    - Mary Anne

    John Winston & Frances Anne Emily Spencer-Churchill
    - George Charles
    - Frederick John Winston
    - Cornelia Henrietta Maria
    - Rosamund Jane Frances
    - Randolph Henry (father of Winston Churchill)
    - Fanny Octavia Louise
    - Anne Emily
    - Charles Ashley
    - Augustus Robert
    - Georgiana Elizabeth
    - Sarah Isabella Augusta
    ⋆ Margaret Mary ⋆

    Elisabeth Aurelia ⋆ Iris Christabel ⋆ Ada Marianne ⋆ Harriet Cordelia
    Dorothea Helen ⋆ Charlotte Gwen ⋆ Josephine Violet ⋆ Sarah Clementine

    Asher Benedict ⋆ Joah Valentine ⋆ Samuel Archer ⋆ Nicholas Bertram
    August Lysander ⋆ John Willoughby ⋆ Gabriel Zachariah ⋆ Tobias Nathaniel

    Current guilty pleasures: Corliss + Winston

    Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    I've always adored the Austens' names The Van Gogh sibset is interesting. I don't think I would have used the exact same name as my first child, but probably would honour them in some way. I'm not a fan of all the repetition in general, actually, with Willem and Willemina, Cornelius and Cornelia etc. I do think Willemina nn Wil is sweet though, kind of unexpected and refreshing, and Elisabeth nn Lies is darling.
    Gwendolen & Jerome & Rosenwyn & Nikolai

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