Advice on naming Callan's brother Caden
This forum has been helpful. I have finally picked a name that my wife and I agree on, but I have one major concern. That it is too close to my first son's name. I don't mind sibling names that start with the same letter, but I want to make sure that I can live with this decision, so helpful feedback is much appreciated.
My first son is named Callan. We are strongly thinking about naming our second son, due any day now, Caden. Callan's nicknames are Cal and Cali, and Cali Cal. Caden's nicknames would be Cade and CJ (his middle name is James). It's obvious that Callan and Caden both begin with a Ca and end with an n. We considered spelling Caden as Caedan to match Callan, but I would rather he have a slightly different name and that his nickname is clearly derived from the letters in his name.
Also, Callan and Caden are both derived from the same gaelic root form of the Scottish/Gaelic name Cailean or the Irish name Callathian and therefore they basically have the same meaning of "battle", Callan being fierce in battle, and Caden being little fighter.
There is a good blog post about matching names here: https://www.swistle.com/babynames/2015/11/24/baby-naming-issue-when-are-names-too-similar-for-siblings/
In my own family my dad is Martin and his brother is Michael (Mike and Marty). I have also known Trevor and Trent brothers. Neither of these name pairs is a problem for me, they both work in my book... BUT if you read that blog post names like Suzanne and Susan, Guinevere and Gwendolyn, and Brian and Byron don't work in my book. However, Clare, Katharine, and Caroline would work in my book for sister names, so would Ella and Emma, and Madeleine and Madison.
So... what do you think? Is Callan and Caden too similar, or does it work?
Thu, 07/12/2018 - 5:53pm