Super Matchy Super Clashy Sibling Names: Conclusion

The Super Matchy Super Clashy Sibling Name series is drawing to a close. Here are the first three parts of the series if you missed them:

Part 1. Name Pattern 1: Same First Initial
Part 2. Name Pattern 2: Rhyming (or Almost Rhyming) Names
Part 3. Name Pattern 3: Shared Meanings

Besides the three name patterns already covered, there are several more. Listing every possible name pattern would get a bit overwhelming, but here are some other possibilities.

Name Pattern 4: Names With The Same Number of Letters

Example: Huey, Ross, Theo

Name Pattern 5: Initials In Alphabetical Order

Example: Arianna, Bianca, Cecilia

The above examples are personal favorites of mine, but the sets are difficult to continue.

For Name Pattern 4, to continue the pattern, you must find another four-letter name that follows an old-fashioned style. If you really wanted to be strict you could also keep the names to nickname names, since these names coincidentally happen to be nickname-names too. Names that would work include Ivan, Owen, and Jake. An example of a name that follows the four letter pattern but wouldn’t fit is Cruz. Cruz seems more exotic and modern than the other three names.

The goal with Name Pattern 5 was to follow the alphabet with the first initials, however, these names coincidentally also happen to have the repetitious A ending. While these names don’t exactly rhyme, they fall into the rhyming names pattern for the purpose of this series.

Finding a fourth name for Name Pattern 5 raises a few questions. Is it practical to continue the pattern? What name beginning with D would best fit the pattern? Should the A ending be repeated?

This set is a guilty pleasure for me, and I struggle to continue it. Delia was a possibility, but then Cecilia and Delia run the risk of sounding super matchy. Diana, a name I feel is unfairly dated might work. Delilah may not have the visual A ending, but still fits sound-wise. Breaking the A ending and continuing the alphabetical order might be less limiting. That would leave more possibilities such as Daphne and Delphine.

Names that fit the pattern but don’t work well are Dorothy and Deborah. These names have a white bread style that doesn’t fit as well with the romantic style of Arianna, Bianca and Cecilia.

Notice how both sibling sets are all the same gender. You may have noticed that I didn’t bother coming up with an opposite sex sibling to complete the patterns. This was not an oversight. With patterns this complex, I wouldn’t bother trying to continue them for more than one gender.

Summary

Regardless of what name pattern is followed, the main message behind this series is that following a name pattern doesn’t guarantee siblings’ names will go together.

One example of a sibling set that is wrong on so many levels is Thatcher and Thaddeus. The repetitious Th beginning is super matchy while the styles are super clashy. (Thatcher is a modern surname-name and Thaddeus is an old-fashioned New Testament name.) And what do you name the third child?

One universal drawback to any name pattern is the limits they place on naming younger children. Families with more than two or three children might find that naming baby 4, 5, etc. has become a complex logic problem.

To that end, I would discourage trying to follow a name pattern if you plan to have more than three kids only because the more kids you have, the more difficult following a pattern becomes.

You might be able to guess my opinion on changing a name’s spelling to fit a pattern. Don’t do it. Unless it is an established alternative spelling. For example, Geoffrey and Jeffrey are both established spellings. Therefore Gregory, Gordon and Geoffrey is fine.

Some of you might think I’m taking coordinating sibling names too seriously. After all, siblings grow-up to be completely independent from each other. When you do business with a mechanic named Mick, do you care if his brother is named Mack or Matteo? Chances are you don’t know your mechanic’s brothers’ and sisters’ names, and you don’t care.

The fact is, some of the smartest, most successful, most down-to-earth people I know have kids with either too matchy or too clashy names. Some families did both. Usually these families didn’t intend to give their kids off-kilter names. Truth is, while sitting around dreaming up perfect sibling sets can be fun (at least for me), perfect sibling sets aren’t always possible in real-life.

The guidelines outlined in the Super Matchy Super Clashy Sibling Name series were created to help parents take a more proactive approach in naming their children, but were never meant to be gospel. If you find a name for baby 3 that feels perfect in every way, except it doesn’t go perfectly with your older children’s names, I suggest you go with your heart.

Readers: How would you continue these sibling sets? Set 1: Huey, Ross, and Theo. Set 2: Arianna, Bianca, and Cecilia. Do you any other ideas for same letter, alphabetical order sibling sets?

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Comments

  1. I would do…

    Huey, Ross, Theo, and Jack

    Arianna, Bianca, Cecilia, and Daniella

  2. Elizabeth says:

    For the Huey, Ross, & Theo sibset, I would do Drew, Ella/Elle, Faye, Nell, Cora, or Lyle,

  3. The first name that came to mind as a sister for Arianna, Bianca and Cecilia following that pattern would be Danica.

  4. Milt
    Dalia

  5. My husband and I are not able to agree on a name for our son due in March. We have a son named Bryce. My husband has his mind set on using Jase for our second son. I like this name and would be happy to use it, however, I have reservations since Bryce and Jase wound so much alike. My other problem is that Jase is the only name we both like enough to use as a name for our son. What do you think? Could these two names work together? Any thoughts would be helpful.

    • When I say Bryce I pronounce it to rhyme with “rice” and when I say Jace I pronounce it to rhyme with “chase”. I don’t know how you are pronouncing these names, but the way I pronounce them, they have very similar endings, but sound different enough. My only concern would be accidently mixing the names up as “Brace” and “Jice” when saying them in succession. If you are comfortable saying them next to each other, I would use them. Maybe saying the two names together a couple of times will help you decide.

  6. Rachael Brennan says:

    I recently heard of sibling set of Sevastion, Silas, and Stallone……don’t seem too fit together at all.

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