Mary-Kate and Ashley. Kate and Rooney. Kim and Khloe (and Kourtney… and Kendall… and Kylie.) There aren’t any steadfast rules for naming siblings. It all comes down to personal preference. Sticking with the same first letter is a choice that some families clearly prefer (hello, Kardashians) while other parents stick with the last letter, instead (think Maddox, Pax, and Knox). Still, parents who are figuring out how to name siblings may want to look to some simple guidelines.
You’re envisioning brothers and sisters who get along, right? So you’ll want to give them a harmonious start in life with names that are complementary. And that goes deeper than monikers that sound compatible. Think about the theme of your name. Some names mean fire, like Aiden or Emma. Others are synonymous with water, such as Marin or Dylan. Fire and water are two elements you may want to consider when naming siblings. When picturing potential future squabbles, rivalry, and competitiveness, might you want to pick similar themes to just to be on the safe side? Here are 11 other ideas to consider (and possibly avoid) when naming siblings.