WDYT of these sibsets?

I am writing a story and would like your feedback on these sibsets:


Toby, Jude, Nora (b/b/g)

Holly, Kira, Winnie (g/g/g)

Phoebe and Chloe (g/g)

Adam, Lola, and Maya (b/g/g)

Xander, Jackson, Elizabeth (b/b/g)

Uma and Shreya (g/g)

Arabella, Hannah, Elizabeth (g/g/g)

Rebecca and Beatrice (g/g)

Caroline, Eleanor, and Bethany (g/g/g)

Lainey, Nella, and Dash (g/g/b)


January 4, 2017 4:54 PM

Do you have approximate ages for these groups?

January 4, 2017 5:23 PM

not really, but most are probably under the age of 13.

January 4, 2017 6:18 PM

In that case, I think they all sound plausible. I like that you have a mix of styles, but each set seems fairly consistent, stylistically. The only names that feel a little bit "one of these things is not like the others" would be Bethany, which feels a bit more date-stamped to the late twentieth-century than Caroline and Eleanor, and Nella, which feels a little more Victorian-sweet than her surname-y siblings. However, I wouldn't actually blink at either of these sets in real life, since tastes can change, naming with namesakes can lead in different directions, etc.

The only thing I might say is that they mostly sound like they're coming from a pretty similar demographic. Depending on how much diversity you want to represent, you might branch out into one or two more creative/modern invention sets (Uma and Shreya come closest to this of your existing sets) and also consider maybe a full-on surname-as-name/unisex set (e.g. Colton and Brinley) and/or a very highly gendered set (e.g. Maverick and Aubriella)

January 5, 2017 7:38 PM

Uma and Shreya aren't really modern/creative, they would probably be an Indian-American sib-set.

January 5, 2017 3:04 PM

 Holly/Kira/Winnie sounds a little mismatched to me. I would try something like Holly/Katie/Winnie. Other than that, I love them all!

January 5, 2017 4:27 PM

Lainey, Nella, and Dash are the names of the children of a popular blogger and author, Kelle Hampton, who writes about her kids a lot.  I'm not a writer, but I think it would be weird and slightly creepy to use that exact sibset in a story.  I think the reference would be noticable to a lot of people -- it's not exactly a common set of names.  

January 5, 2017 6:13 PM

Are these all the names they go by? Or all their given names? I think that's confusing me a bit, as some seem like nicknames and and some seem formal.

By rooo
January 8, 2017 7:57 PM

Most seem realistic enough, but I think others could be improved by a bit of mixing and matching.

Holly, Lainey, Winnie (Lola, Phoebe or Hannah also work here)

Phoebe, Elizabeth (the originals work but are a little too matchy for some)

Dash, Lola, Maya (I could also see moving Xander here and having Adam, Jackson and Elizabeth below)

Xander, Jackson, Arabella (Kira, Nella, Lainey, Winnie, Lola and Maya all work here as well)

Rebecca, Hannah, Elizabeth (Beatrice and Winnie could work here too)

Chloe, Beatrice (Elizabeth, Holly, Winnie and Lainey also work here)

Kira, Nella, Adam (the original works, just a little too well as a pp metnioned)