Alliterating Sibling Names

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Finding the perfect name for your child is one of the most special moments of your pregnancy. For some parents, the decision can be a bit more complicated if you’re having twins (or triplets) or if your baby already has a sibling. Why? Oftentimes, moms and dads want to choose sibling names that sound good together or complement each other in some way. One common way to do this is to use alliterating baby names ­ in other words, some parents choose names for their children using the same first initial. Here’s more on alliteration baby names and how to decide whether it’s a good idea for your family:

Should you alliterate?

Parents choose to alliterate their children’s names for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s a matter of tradition. Say the letter “L” runs in your mother’s side of the family, with names like Laura, Lucy and Lewis spanning generations. Naming your children something like Lucas and Lily could play into that tradition, making your decision exciting and meaningful. For other parents, it’s simply a matter of choosing titles that coordinate with one another in a way that’s poetic and easy to remember. No matter what your reasoning is, whether or not you decide to go with the same first initial for your children is completely up to personal preference.

Choosing an initial

If you do opt to go for alliterative baby names, your decision then becomes more about which letter you want to use. Of course, if alliteration is part of a family tradition, that will dictate what letter you go with. However, families who are starting the tradition themselves have more leeway to decide. Do a little online browsing through lists of popular baby names, and see if you can come up with some favorites that begin with the same letters. If you’re hoping to have a big family, all with alliterative names, you may want to spend some time on this part of the process to make sure you have enough baby name options you love that begin with your preferred letter.

Differentiating the names

When choosing alliteration baby names, many parents agree that it’s important to differentiate them enough for the children to be able to develop their own identities (this is especially true for twins who are connected by more than just their names). To make the names different enough ­ but still complementary ­ opt for a different vowel sound and choose unique middle names. For example, Mona and Mary both start with “M” but sound completely different.

Alliterating sibling names in pop culture

There are tons of pop culture families that share first name initials, so look to them for inspiration. In “Star Wars,” for example, siblings Luke and Leia have alliterating names. The Kardashian family members all share the letter “K” (Kim, Khloe and Kourtney), and many of the noble families in Game of Thrones” embrace alliteration.

In the end, it’s completely up to you whether you choose to use alliterating baby names.  Do whatever feels right, and you’ll love the names you decide to use!