Placename-themed sibsets

My daughter has a classmate in preschool named Canaan. His little sister is Samar!a. When I told my best friend about it, she immediately suggested Anatolia for the next kid, but we were at a loss for further examples: Bethany and Jordan have lost that "unexpected" factor, and Israel has too much baggage.

In a similar vein, I've mused about Adelaide, Sydney, and Victoria as siblings, but I can't seem to continue the series.

Or there's Carolina, Georgia, and Mary. Or Charlotte and Austin.

Any ideas for continuations, or other placename-themed sets?

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April 21, 2015 4:09 PM

For your original set, maybe Judea/Judaea or Levant?

A fun theme, inspired by your Memphis post, might be "place names in the old and new world". In addition to Memphis, there is Ithaca (nn Ike?), maybe Philadelphia (isn't it a place name in the bible?), and there I run out of ideas but I'm sure there are more. Actually, probably any famous European or ancient city has at least one namesake in the U.S., depending on how small we're willing to go.

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April 25, 2015 11:55 AM

Girls: Abilene and Adelaide

Boys: Caspian and Bristol

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April 25, 2015 12:32 PM

You could go a lot further with US states as names. Not just Carolina and Georgia, but Virginia, Dakota, Tennessee, Nevada. And if you're altering state names, like going to Mary from Maryland, there are a TON of options. Missy for Mississippi or Missouri, Rhoda for Rhode Island, Minnie for Minnesota, Connie for Connecticut, Mitch for Michigan, Ida for Idaho, Ken for Kentucky, Louis for Louisiana, Penn or Sylvia for Pennsylvania, Flo or Flora for Florida, Callie for California.

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April 25, 2015 10:38 PM

For the states-as-names list, I was trying for the ones that were given names before they were states. Louis(iana) and Virginia definitely belong (I knew I was forgetting some!), but Rhode, Penn, Washington and Delaware are surnames, so while they were people-names before they became geographic names, they don't fit my narrow little category. The names of most of the rest of the 50 states are derived from various native languages, or are of unknown etymology.

Your "inspired by a state" ideas are, well, inspired! I especially like Callie, Connie, and Rhoda.

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April 26, 2015 12:25 AM

A friend of mine plans to name all her children after European capitals. So far she has six-year-old twins London and Paris, and four-year-old Berlin. She's currently pregnant again, and she plans to name this child Rome for a boy and Sofia or Vienna for a girl.

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May 10, 2015 1:57 AM

National Parks:

Sisters: Shenendoah, Samoa, and Sequoia

 

Mountain ranges:

Rocky and Smoky 

 

Canyons:

Zion and Bryce

 

Or just good old fashioned nature place names:

Meadow, Glen, and Grove

 

But to stay more on point

Louisiana

Orleans, Lafayette, and Monroe.

or Parish and Acadia.

 

Greece

Athens, Olympia, Ithaca, Cyprus (Greek cities could go on for a long sib list)

 

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May 10, 2015 3:08 AM

As for your Australia-themed sibsets, you could also have:

Alice (Springs)

Darwin (maybe a bit of a stretch?)

Logan

(Mount) Isa

(Port) Augusta

(Port) Lincoln

There's probably a lot more, but they're all I can think of!

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May 11, 2015 6:50 AM

To continue with Australian themed from above:

Sydney

Watson (Bay)

Kirra (Gold Coast)

Jackson (Port)

Evan (s Head)

Lucia (st lucia)

Albany

Allora

Hobart

Lennox

Byron

 

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September 27, 2015 8:38 AM

I really like Georgia, Brooklyn and Madison (Georgie, Brooke and Maddie)

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May 14, 2019 7:38 AM

BOYS

Austin, Aden

Boston

Chad, Cairo, 

Diego

George (Saint George / Georgetown)

Hunter (Hunter Valley)

Israel

Jackson, Jose, Jordan, Joshua (Joshua Tree)

Kingston

Lucca/Luca, Louis (Port Louis / Louisville)

Marshall (Marshall Island's), Milan

Orlando

Santiago, Santo

William (Willamstown VIC)

Zealand 

 

 

GIRLS

Adelaide

Charlotte, Chicago

Florence

Georgia

Havana

India, 

Jordan

London, Lucia (Saint Lucia)

Mali, Monica, Milan

Paris, Pristina

Roma

Sydney, Siena, Sofia

Victoria