We like longer, traditional names with lots of nickname options, so they all match in that way. We didn't think too hard about meanings or anything.
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Franklin is a stronger name so we wanted his brother to have something strong as well...he will be Jonathan (when he gets here!)
We also gave them both unique middle names.
F'rinstance, DD is Rowan. If this next babe is a boy I really like Robin, but I think Rowan and Robin sounds a bit funny together. Too similar. So that's out.
My parents did all Bible names for us, which is semi-noticeable because there are six of us and we're all girls. Funnily enough, the youngest is Abigail (Abby), and a lot of people don't know that's a Bible name. So we got a lot of comments about how my parents "broke the mold" or "ran out" with her. She married King David, but I guess she's not as well-known as Sarah or Ruth!
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They are all 5 letter names that end in A. So our requirement for a girl name this time around was it had to have a unique letter and end in A (and sound good with the others).
So we will have Keira, Anika, Maria, Jorja. The boys don't match, but the requirement IF this baby was a boy is still starting with a unique letter and can't end in the same endings as the boys names. So we were going for NOT matchy for the boys. Our boys are Cayden and Traver.
All four of our children have a three-syllable first name. The first two kids both have first names with seven letters. They all have "older" names as well.
None of their names start with the same letter or rhyme, however.
Does that make sense?
Our neighbors each got to pick a name for their girls. One likes very traditional names and she picked Nancy. Her wife picked Ryder for the other daughter. I had a stupid look on my face when they told me the second girl was named Ryder... (I LOVE that name) But, it just didn't match with Nancy. So.. out of pity for me, they explained that they couldn't agree on name types, so they each got one child to name.
My sister and I have matchy names: Courtney and Whitney. Not a huge fan!
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As for my kids, when I got pregnant with my son, we loved the name Elijah (or Eli for short) and we knew he would have the same middle name as DH since it's tradition to use the same middle name for all the boys in his family (I hate it but the middle name really doesn't matter all that much to me so I gave in) so ultimately, they had the same initials. Fast forward to 3 years later and I find out I am pregnant with a girl... by pure coincidence the 2 names we like best are both E names. Eva and Eden. When we realized that we would have 3 E names we decided why not finish the cutesy stuff and give her the same initials as DH and DS (ERY) and it just so happens that her middle name is a name that DH and I loved but would never use as a first name because it could be shortened to a name we both despise. If we get pregnant again, I honestly don't know if it will be another ERY name though... it was more coincidence then it was planned so probably not.... but then I would worry he/she would feel left out.
ETA: And the Biblical thing was COMPLETELY a coincidence too... We are the furthest thing from religious, lol.
If we have one more girl and one more boy, I'd like Greta and Elijah - so it's be two Gr names and two E names. I really liked Greta, but I didn't want to have two Gr names in a row, that felt way too matchy. (And I must have a thing for Gr names because I also love Graham)
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