If you are reading this article, chances are you pregnant with NOT your first child! Congratulations! Having another child may seem much easier after all that practice with the previous one or ones. Some of you here may only be having your second child while others may be rummaging through your brain trying to find a name for your new arrival to fit your other children’s names. Picking a name for your first baby might have been hard but at least there were only you and your partner to consider. Picking a name for a child with siblings means having to consider if the name “goes” with your other child’s / children’s names. This can be important as it can create a sense of unity among your children and in the family, even more so when it comes to twins!
How To Pick The Right Name For Siblings
Although it may seem like a great idea to have Jenna, Julia, and Joshua, just because siblings do not have names that go together does not mean that they won’t end up being close. I would have to say my sister and I are extremely close, but our sibling names certainly don’t go together! It may not have mattered to my parents, but if it does to you and your partner, here are some tips to select sibling names that may help you out!
Pick Names That Result In The Same Initials
Most siblings tend to have the same initials. This means that their first names often begin with the same letter. Even better if both parents have first names with the same letter as well! When picking out names that start with the same letter, perhaps it would be a good idea as well to match the names in terms of era. Choose names that build on each other’s qualities (based on their given names) and complement each other.
Select Names That Follow A Common Theme
Some couples have met through something that they love together. For example, for avid Tolkien fans out there (like me!), perhaps having a Tolkien theme for sibling names might be a great idea. Of course, I’m not saying naming your son Gandalf but perhaps something subtler from the list of Tolkien characters maybe? Names like Luthien and Arwen do have a pretty and mysterious ring to it. If you are die-hard Broadway fans, check out the list of names available here! Some of the famous names based on themes also include Faith and Hope; Harry and Hermione; or Rose, Lily and Holly. Although fun, it would be wise to avoid silly pairing such as Tom and Jerry, Hansel and Gretel, or Jack and Jill.
Go With Names That Have The Same Origins
If both you and your partner are of the same descent and would like to emphasize on the importance of culture, perhaps having names with the same origin might help. Consider names such as Caitlin and Kevin if you are looking for Irish origin. Garcia, Carmen and Ramona for Spanish origins and Liam, Lilly, and Lena for German origins.
Use Names That Begin Or End With A Similar Sound
While name rhyming can be annoying to some (such as Daisy, Darcy, Maisie), sibling names that have elements that sound alike is unifying yet still promoting individuality. For example, you can choose names that begin with the same sound (such as Joanne and Jolene, or Mary and Martha, Cora and Corbin, or Francillia and Francois) or end with the same sound (such as Olivia and Sophia, or Jessica and Rebecca). It may even share the same sound in different parts of their names.
Have Names Follow Alphabetical order
While this may be amusing to some, it would also mean that you would need to have five or six kids to make it count.
Make It Official With Presidential Names
This has always been popular especially in America. Siblings can be named after United States presidents (such as Lincoln, Reagan, Harrison, Ford, and Truman).
Think Of Your Favorite Vacation Locations
There are also many baby names that are based on locations all around the world. One of the most popular ones is Sydney! Other examples include Alexandria, Asia (has been really popular the past few years), Brooklyn, Chelsea, Dakota, Madison, Savannah, Sierra, Victoria, Eugene, Francisco, Mitchell, Rio, and Trenton.
Think About Your Favorite Time Of Year
There have also been a lot of couples who have named their children after the month or day they were born in. Names such as January, April, May, June and August are quite popular. There are also those who use variations of the months, days, or events such as Jane for January, Amaya for babies born in April in spring which means night rain in Arabic, or Noel, Nicholas, and Nikolas for babies born in December and associated with Christmas. It can also be associated with seasons with names such as Summer and Autumn.
Is It Weird to Name My Boy and Girl Similar Names?
Ultimately, what you name your children should not be anyone else’s business. What matters most is whether you and your partner love it, the consideration for your child, and what it means to you and your family. There are many boy and girl names that are similar yet beautiful. For example, the names Makayla and Malachi both start with the letter M and share the same syllable (“kuh”) but when paired together, feels as if it was meant to be connected. The name Makayla means “like God” while Malachi means “my messenger”. Both have a religious significance yet sound beautiful together.
Another set of similar names for a boy and girl are Thea and Theo. Only made different by one vowel, these two names are quite common yet not overrated. The name Thea is of Greek origin and means “goddess or godly” while Theo means “divine gift”. Both make beautiful names for children.
What are some Sibling Name Pairings That Go Well Together?
Jackson and Joanna
Not only do these two names share the same first letter but they also match based on the era. Both these names are timeless and classic and builds on each other’s meaning. The names Jackson and Joanna have strength and resilience in it. While Jackson means “son of Jack”, Joanna is a variant of Johanna meaning “God is gracious”. Paired together, it sounds as if they already belong with one another.
Sarah and Almirah
Both these names not only share the same last syllable but the meaning as well. They have the meaning “princess”.
Freya and Phoebe
Freya is the name of one of the preeminent goddesses in Norse mythology. She is famous for her partiality to love, fertility, and beauty. The name Phoebe is from Greek mythology which means “brilliant and radiant”. Together, these two names are beautiful when paired together.
Ella and Lily
The name Ella can have several meanings. Based on English origin, it means “beautiful fairy woman” and based on German origin, it means “all”. Lily also has an English origin and is the name of a flower that symbolized purity and innocence.
Justin and Joseph
These two names have always been popular in the last century. The name Justin means “fair and righteous” while there are many meanings for Joseph. The most meaningful one is “he will add”. Both these names are positive and pair together beautifully.
Harper and Hunter
If you are looking for a pair of gender neutral names that are hip and stylish, both these names will not disappoint. The name Harper is of English origin and means “harp player”. Hunter also has an English origin and means “one who hunts”. Both these names have literal meanings and are classic. They are strong and fit well together.
Ethan and Evan
Both names have the same first letter yet sound nothing alike. The name Ethan originates from Hebrew and means “strong and firm” while Evan is a variant of the name John which means “Lord is gracious”. It is popular in Wales.
Isaac and Isaiah
These names originate from Hebrew and can be found in the bible. The name Isaac means “he laughs” and Isaiah means “salvation of the Lord”. Both these names are perfect for brothers as they share the same first letter and first two syllables yet are unique and different in many ways.
Aiden and Neve
Perfect for a boy and girl, these two names sound similar to Adam and Eve. Their meanings translate literally to fire and ice. The name Aiden is of Scottish origin meaning “fire” while Neve translates to “snow” in Italian.
Liam, Levi, and Luca
The name Liam is of Irish origin and means “strong willed warrior and protector”. It is a derivative of the Irish name Uilliam or better known as William. Levi means “joined or attached” in Hebrew and is found in the Old Testament. It is the name of the third son of Jacob and Leah. Although the name Luca is mostly used as a boy’s name, it can also be used for a girl. A variant of the names Lucius and Luke, Luca is a derivative of the Greek name Loukas which means “ bringer of light or man from Lucania”.