Need help naming my girl twin

Hello!

The last time I posted, I was looking for boy/girl names for my twins, who will have a big sister named Elizabeth Audrey.  Typically, we like classic girls names and slightly more off-the-top 10 for boys.  I *think* we have decided to name our boy Marshall James.  I like Marshall because it's recognizable but also not trendy.  My husband loves likes the military background of the name.  James is a great name but it is too "regal" next to Elizabeth, so I think it will be a good middle name.  

So now my dilemma is what to name this girl!  Originally, I thought I wanted them to all have different initials, but the idea of having M&M twin names is just too adorable not to explore.  I like Meredith and Matilda, but my husband really doesn't like Matilda.  I'd like to have some other M options to consider but am hitting a wall.  So here are my questions:

1) Is having twins with the same initial too "cutesy?"  Will I regret them sharing an initial so that labeling/saying the wrong name will become a problem?

2) What are some lovely/classic M names for girls that will fit with Elizabeth and Marshall?

Thanks for any input!

 

Replies

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February 16, 2016 11:32 AM

I love Marshall and Maddison that is so cute together! 

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February 16, 2016 12:12 PM

I think the most important thing is that you choose a name that you love. I don't think having M/M twins is too cutesy, especially since they are different sexes, although I wouldn't go with Marshall and Margo, or Marshall and Marley. Or even Margaret, unless you exclusively called her Maggie or Meg. I'd just get tongue tied.

Classic M names:

Madeline/Madeleine

Miriam

Monica

Amelia (with nickname Millie)

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February 16, 2016 12:42 PM

Thanks Elizabeth T and Another Laura.  I like Madeline/Madeleine but really dislike the NN Maddie.  Are there any other NNs that work with this name?  

 

Great idea for Millie/Amelia.  She would have her own initial but also could fit with M&M if we use her NN full-time.

 

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February 16, 2016 3:14 PM

Madeleine is a form of Magdelena, and Lena is a common nickname for Magdelena.  It can be pronounced Leena or Layna.  Or it can be spelled Lina (an intuitive nickname for Madeline as long as it is pronounced -lyn, not -line rhyming with pine, as in the children's book heroine) which is pronounced Leena.  Or the nickname could be simply Lynn or even Linna.

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February 17, 2016 2:20 PM

We're talking about Madeleine with the nn of either Mella, Della, or Linnie.

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By mk
February 17, 2016 2:44 PM

I know a young Madeleine that goes by Mimi.

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February 16, 2016 3:08 PM

I agree with this! I think you have to really love it or else it is just using an 'M' name for the sake of matching. I also like the idea of Amelia, nn Millie. Meredith is a nice name, as well.

 

What about Mara/Maura, Maeve, Mercy, or Molly? I was going to suggest Macy until I realized Marshalls and Macys are both department stores haha.

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February 16, 2016 12:17 PM

If you decide to go the M&M route, I second the recommendation of Madeleine.  

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February 16, 2016 3:23 PM

A girl twin option with Marshall that I would enjoy:  Rosamund.  Marshall is an ultimately Germanic name derived from words meaning horse and servant.  Rosamund is also a Germanic name derived from words meaning horse and protection.  So two equestrian names sharing the letters m, r, and s, subtly linked in meaning and sound but not matchy, and neither overly common.  Rosamund also comes with the currently popular nicknames Rose/Rosie if desired.

(This is the sort of idea that delights philologists, but probably not too many others....)

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February 16, 2016 3:30 PM

I love this suggestion!

(While matching initials is not my style, if you do decide to go that route, keeping the middle initial different would make labelling easier, since they could be MJ and MX.)

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February 16, 2016 5:54 PM

I don't think it is to cutesy having twins sharing the same initials. You might regret not giving them a seperate initial when you come to labeling their things but as you have having one of each gender you can use pink and blue labels.

Some M names... Mabel, Macey, Madeleine, Madeline, Mae, Maeve, Magdalene, Maia, Maisy, Malvina, Mara, Marcella, Marcia, Margaret, Margery, Margo, Marguerite, Maria, Mariah, Mariana, Marie, Marietta, Marilla, Marina, Marion, Maris, Marissa, Marjorie, Marla, Marlo, Marnie, Marsha, Marta, Martha, Mary, Matilda, Maud, Maura, Maureen, Mavis, Maxine, May, Maya, Megan, Melanie, Melinda, Melisande, Melissa, Melody, Meriel, Meryl, Mia, Michaela, Michelle, Mildred, Millicent, Mina, Minerva, Miranda, Miriam, Molly, Mona, Monica, Monique, Morgan, Moriah, Muriel, Myra, Myrtle.

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February 18, 2016 2:24 PM

Thank you for the thorough list of lovely M names!

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February 16, 2016 7:36 PM

Logistically, there are a lot of good reasons for twins not to share a first initial, even boy/girl twins (I have a set). Many of their identifiers are going to overlap--birthdate, address--and numeric identifiers are likely to be sequential (this used to always be true for social security numbers of twins, but I think it may not be now). Having M. Smith, DOB 5/5/2016, address 123 Main Street, student # 12345 and M. Smith, DOB 5/5/2016, address 123 Main Street, student # 12346 is really a recipe for records disaster.

For labelling, it is really helpful to have separate initials, but it is also possible to assign separate colors or separate symbols if you must. Just be prepared for them to rebel against the assigned colors more strongly than they would against initials when they reach a certain age.

Twins also often appreciate not being treated as a set, and I think it's best to start as you mean to go on with this, so I do encourage you to think of the names individually, just as you would if you were gestating the babies sequentially rather than simultaneously. If it turns out that your favorite, can't-imagine-another girl name starts with M (I love a lot of M names, so I can easily imagine this), then go with it, and just watch out for the practical pitfalls. But don't limit yourself to looking at M names because you want a set of M&Ms.

One potential compromise would be to find a formal name that doesn't start with M, but with a nickname that does--for example, you could have Marshall and Amanda, called Marshal and Mandy. Other options:

  • Emilia or Amelia/Milly
  • Annemarie/Marie
  • Damaris/Maris
  • Jessamine or Willhelmina/Mina
  • Camilla/Milla
  • Desdemona or Ramona/Mona, etc.
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February 16, 2016 9:11 PM

There is also the option of using a name that starts with the syllable Em, like Emilia or Emmeline.

I have friends, one whose names starts with M and the other who is called "Em", who had an M&Ms bar at their wedding, since they're known as M & Em.

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February 18, 2016 2:27 PM

M & Em is also a wonderful option!  Thanks for the suggestion!

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February 18, 2016 2:26 PM

Thank you for the reality check, nedibes!  I think the problem is I really *do* love Matilda and want to use it, but so far the hubby is not on board. :(

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February 18, 2016 4:05 PM

I agree that Matilda is great. My favorite boy/girl twin "stealth" theme set is actually Dashiell and Matilda (or Mathilde), nn - and ~ (Dash and Tilde). If you can't get your husband on board for Marshall and Matilda, though, you might want to look around for non-M names that you could fall in love with.

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February 17, 2016 12:34 AM

I agree that it will make records complicated. But here are some M names that would work:

Madeleine

Marie

Maria

Mae/May

Mia

Mira

Maya

 

Non-M names:

Amelia

Annemarie

Camille

Bianca

Cecilia

Serena

Sophie

Abigail

Rebecca

Laura

Stella

Catherine/Katherine

Hannah

Sara/Sarah

Caroline

 

Elizabeth and Meredith have a similar ending, not sure if that matters to you one way or the other.

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February 18, 2016 2:28 PM

Gorgeous, classic names!  And thanks for pointing out the name endings - I hand't even considered that!

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By mk
February 17, 2016 2:44 PM

I don't think having twins sharing the same initial is too cutey or a big deal, but I think it should be done because you happen to love names starting with the same initial. But I think that for any set of siblings: choose names because you love them, not because they match.

My parents never labelled things with initials, I labelled my own things using all three. So just don't choose another J middle name and you're fine.

I alwyas think of Miranda as an option when people mention Matilda. So maybe that works?

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February 18, 2016 11:30 AM

1.  I do think having same initial twins is too cutesy.  If the names you loved best both started with M, it might not be a reason to not use the names, but it certainly isn't a reason to specifically pick an M-girl name you aren't really in love with. You may or may not have an issue with initialling, I think it'd depend on how gendered the clothes & toys you buy will be.  If you prefer more gender-neutral stuff, then labeling could be a problem.  Personally, I'd try to find some other, more subtle connection for twin names.  I love Miriam's suggestion of Marshall & Rosamund.  Reverse initials could also be fun, something along the lines of Marshall James & Josephine Molly perhaps?

2.  Margaret/Margo, Miriam, Martha, Molly

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February 18, 2016 2:31 PM

Thanks for weighing in!  Naming twins is way harder than I thought it would be!

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February 23, 2016 2:38 PM

I think Meredith is perfect, if your husband is on board with that one.  Here are some that I don't think were mentioned yet: Mame, Moira, Mare, Majel, Mirth, Myrrh, Mariel, Madge, Mielle, Miep, Meriwether, Maple, Maypole, Meade, Midwin, Maybelline, Marjoram, Magdiela, Merriam, Marquessa, Maryland, Marg, Milan, Mona Lisa, Mary Todd, Mary Kate, Moxie, Madrid, Monaco, Melrose, Millvina, Minnie, Mena, Mila, Madrigal, Montserrat, Muse, Maine, Marlena, Maelie, Martine, Mauve, Magenta, Mignon, Manon, Marian, Mariska, Mallory, Malka

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February 24, 2016 1:07 AM

Maypole? Maryland? Madrigal? Muse? Have we resorted to listing random words starting with M?

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February 24, 2016 10:56 PM

These are actual name choices that I wanted to kindly share for their relevance, in my opinion, to the poster's question. I put thought into my list, and anyone who has any idea of the breadth and depth of names knows that these fall right in line with others out there. Ksundar did say, "Thanks for ANY input!" Have we resorted to disrespecting and making fun of others' suggestions? There seems to be no limit to the snarky comments on this site... Very, very sad.

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February 24, 2016 11:23 PM

Muse and Madrigal I can see appealing to people who enjoy esoteric word-names like Rhapsody or Reverie, but you must admit that Maypole and Maryland would be ...exceedingly odd, as baby names. Exceedingly. Perhaps you got so caught up with the name-y sounds of things that you didn't realize just how far afield you'd gotten?

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February 25, 2016 12:39 AM

Nope. I'm perfectly conscious of my choices. But what doesn't appeal to one may appeal to another. It's great to offer a variety of choices because you never know what someone might like that they hadn't thought of themselves. There are ALL SORTS of word names in existence, from the odd and unexpected, to those that are more common. And many word names that used to be considered out there are now commonplace. Many of them, found on the bigger baby name sites, surprise even me, and I'm someone who appreciates more unusual word names.

"Far afield" is completely relative, and to label a name such clearly demonstrates the breadth, or lack thereof, of one's perspective. For me, they are not that far out there because I'm open-minded about names, and I've come across (in real life and on the baby name lists) so many "far afield" names that anything goes, as far as I'm concerned. "Exceedingly odd" is a matter of perspective as well, and who is to decide what category of names is acceptable for suggesting on a forum? Are we to remain in some narrow framework in order to fit in? The poster did say "any," after all. I used my judgment and suggested what I felt was appropriate. You can do the same, and I won't give you a hard time about anything you choose to put out there. Or is someone here the name monitor and instructed to reel in anyone who's gone too far afield?

There are dozens of accepted state names, so why not Maryland, especially when Mary and Land (and Lando and Landon, etc.) are names in and of themselves? Maypole sounds just like Mabel, Maybell, and Maple (and I think Maple is a bit weird, personally, but not unexpected in today's naming climate), and a maypole is a beautiful image...so why not? If you're not open to possibilities, then I suppose it's "far afield" to you. But sometimes the best names come when parents take chances (and many of those chances have become today's names). However, classics are very nice, too. The point is, it's all good, all suggestions are good, and the beauty of names is in the eye of the beholder. Let's all respect that. The poster has the option to take them or leave them. Trust me, I don't like everyone else's suggestions either, but I don't ever belittle them. I respect that's your style, and I have my own. That's what makes the world interesting. Isn't it nice that in one classroom, there can be a Madison, a Michaela, a Matilda, a Meredith, a Morgan, a Malia, a Maypole, and a Maryland? Why the hell not?

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February 25, 2016 1:21 AM

Just a note about Maypole:  it may sound like Mable, Maybell, and Maple, but it has different associations.  No one is entirely sure about the origins of the maypole.  Some trace it back to ancient Germanic tree worship (cf. the yule log and the world tree Yggdrasil), while others have interpreted as a phallic symbol associated with ancient fertility rites.  Or it may simply be a way of rejoicing at the coming of spring.  As you point out there is no telling at present what people may consider a good choice for a name for their child.  When I was young people would not have used names like Delilah, Lilith, Jezebel, Lucifer, given their associations, but today these names see some use.  But many people would be uncomfortable with a name that has pagan associations, even phallic ones.  It's worth, IMO, pointing this out, so that people can consider whether or not this bothers them.  I don't know how many people today are actually familiar with the maypole--I actually participated in the Maypole dance when I was in grade school, but I suspect it's not done much anymore.  People do use the names of pagan gods/goddesses, from Diana to Thor, but they may draw the line at phallic symbolism for their daughter--or not.  So I would say it's something to be aware of if the name is under consideration.  Hawthorne's "The Maypole of Merry Mount," based on a real incident of licentious behavior around a maypole decried by Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony. still appears in school literature anthologies, and a young student named Maypole might find the assignment of that story awkward.

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February 25, 2016 2:31 AM

That's interesting information. I did know a girl in college named Tree...actual name (despite the phallic symbolism). It is good to know, but sometimes the meaning or connotations don't actually matter to parents, such as those who might name their child Nixon (speaks for itself) or Cameron (crooked nose) or Malia (bitter). Despite what you've shared, I, personally, would still use the name Maypole because the image of it is lovely to me, I like the sound, and my boys and I like to ride the maypole swing at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire (a fond memory). If a girl is named Hester, would she feel uncomfortable in an English lit discussion of "The Scarlet Letter"? I mean, you could worry about so many things, and that is the parents' prerogative to do so.

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February 25, 2016 12:32 PM

That's my point.  It's up to the parents to decide what does or does not matter when choosing the child's name.  But IMO it is better to know ahead of time what associations the name has than to find out when the kid is in kindergarten that the name has associations which the parent is not OK with.  As an example, say, parents name their daughter Lilith because they like the fashionable sound and they heard it on a tv show.  Then child learns to read, googles her name, finds out that Lilith is a night-flying demon that eats babies.  Oops, tears, "Why did you give me a demon name?"  "We didn't know it was a demon name."  OTOH if parents knew the story of Lilith upfront, they could explain that they had in mind the part of the story where Lilith refuses to submit to her mate Adam, making her the first empowered female--not the baby-eating demon part which they knew about but felt was irrelevant. 

BTW we did have a discussion here about someone who liked the name Hester, but was wondering whether Hester Prynne was too much of an assoociation to make the name usable for her child.  I don't remember what she decided.

(Also Malia does not mean bitter.  I should know, because when I was a child I looked up my name and was devastated to find my parents named me 'bitter' when they gave my sister a name that is derived from words for pretty and love.  I have since learned that 'bitter' is a false etymology which assumes a Hebrew root when in all likelihood the root is Pharaonic Egyptian.)

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February 25, 2016 1:58 PM

I agree that it's better not to be surprised by associations -- the example of Lilith is a good one. I know parents who have used it for the first-empowered-female reason, and that seemed unproblematic entirely, but it would be not as good a choice for a family just picking it for the sound.

This is actually the reason I find Maryland to be much more pleasing than many other place-names: because it's so familiar and I would thus feel very confident that the parents did know a great deal about Maryland-the-state before they used the name on their daughter (not the case with Vienna or Asia). I think Maryland does have a very namey sound consistent with many trends, and a more blending-in nickname, all of which makes me give it the green-light for someone to use it. I would not use it myself, because I do not have a compelling backstory for choosing the name, but I find it very usable and would not really find it remarkable to encounter in my naming environment.

Maypole seems less usable to me, because to me it is very much about a fertility rite and various maypole euphemisms/puns immediately spring to mind, so it does not meet the "would I want it to be my name" criteria. I understand that the sounds are very appealing, and in the case of wanting an unexpected word-name with those sounds, I'd suggest Maple -- almost identical sound, but much less burdensome associations. The most teasable thing I can think of is maple syrup, which is delicious and highly prized (I spent a lot of my formative years in New England). There's also a very sweet kids' book (by the same name) about a little girl named Maple and her maple tree... and her little sister Willow. My kids love the book and Maple as name (so much that I'm preparing for my own grandchildren to perhaps include a little Maple, someday!), and have been a little sad that they don't have corresponding trees for their own names.

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February 26, 2016 12:58 AM

That's what I was saying...parents' prerogative to find out whatever they want about a name and worry about whatever they may.  So share away.  But many are less scrutinizing and just go for the name they like.  Like I said, even with what you've said about Maypole, I'd absolutely still use it.  (But I have only boys and I'm done...and I had a different girl's name first in line, a word name nonetheless.)  As a cultural anthropologist, I do, however, appreciate learning about origins and meanings.

It's Nameberry that says that Malia means "bitter."  Regardless, you get the idea.  Point is, many names have unusual, unfortunate meanings that many parents, and kids, will never know...or care about.  Or they assign their own meanings.  Also according to Nameberry, for example, Kennedy apparently means "misshapen head"; doesn't seem to stop some parents from using the name and attributing a different meaning to it.  It's sort of astounding how many examples there are like that.  

It's wonderful to share this information, as long as we all do so respectfully, not ever in a snarky, condescending, or patronizing way, which no one appreciates.  We're not trying to make anyone wrong here...just share ideas, educate, and kindly assist.  So, share, share away, one and all.

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February 26, 2016 1:41 AM

Some people are very concerned about name "meaning" when they are choosing, and some are completely unconcerned.  I knew the origins of both my son's names (they are both Germanic bithematic names), but as far as I was concerned, the "meanings" had no bearing on my choice.  OTOH those for whom the "meanings" are important deserve the best information available.  Unfortunately most of the baby name sites and the little booklets of names they used to sell by the supermarket register are not reliable.  One source promulgates some nonsense, and then others just copy it.  If name meanings are important, the best online source any of us has found so far is behindthename, and I can't vouch for its information concerning names from Asian and African languages, since I have no expertise in any of those languages..  Otherwise I would suggest going to the library and looking for name reference works from academic presses like Oxford.  Nameberry is not reliable  in this regard, and neither, for that matter, is this site when ot comes to origins/derivations.

So you are right.  Some parents would choose the name Maypole, thinking of spring and new vegetation and the intertwining of the rainbow of ribbons, while others would be horrified to learn after the fact that they named their daughter after a pagan phallic symbol.

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February 25, 2016 12:00 PM

I admit, my comment was a bit curmudgeonly, for which I apologize.

However, I really don't think Maypole works as a name. It makes me think of "bean pole", which is a, um, not very complimentary thing to call someone who's tall and skinny. I can see someone using "Maypole" as an in-family joking/teasing nickname for a May or Mary who happened to be tall and/or skinny, but to actually put that on the birth certificate seems... cruel.

And Maryland as a name is just trying too hard. Name her Mary and be done with it. You don't name a kid "something land". You just don't.

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February 26, 2016 1:05 AM

Holland, Scotland, Ireland, Courtland, Leland, Cleveland, Roland, Garland, Ryland...

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February 26, 2016 1:39 AM

Maryland regularly pops up in the SSA stats for as long as babies have been getting SSNs assigned at birth, so I think it's totally got a long history of use.

But when I was looking at names ending in land for counterexamples myself, I came across Bland. Now THERE is a name that I truly cannot endorse! And yet, it's also seen very regular use as a baby name, for decades. Mind blown.

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February 26, 2016 1:52 AM

I literally worked with a man named Bland once, years ago in Atlanta.  It was apparently a family name, but still...

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February 26, 2016 2:11 AM

I did the same search re: "land" names. Besides the ones dresdendoll mentioned, I'll add Arland, Ashland and Rolland. 

I'm with you on Bland :)

I do think Maypole would be too much for me, but something like Grace is also too much for me. And Maryland is totally usable. Back in the day I couldn't understand why people who had no ties to Austin or even Texas would name their son Austin - now you hear it all the time. Back then you didn't even hear it much from Austinites.

To each his own. Forever my other half has thought I'm slightly crazy for being hooked on this site. He's kinda learned to like my recitals of certain topics and really liked today's off-topic subjects on this post. Apologies again, OP.

He's decided to name our fake children Thing One and Thing Two. Last names are hyphenated.

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February 26, 2016 2:25 AM

People with no ties to Austin TX might well name a son Austin because it is a medieval form of Augustine (as in St. Augustine of Hippo or of Canterbury).

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February 26, 2016 3:03 AM

Thanks for another history lesson, Miriam. And you're probably right for some people; others probably just liked sound and that's fine too. 

 

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February 26, 2016 3:16 AM

I just heard of a new baby, in Connecticut, being named Hartford. Not a name I'd use myself, but I was surprised to find my reaction very positive. I think fact that clearly the parents must have been in Hartford at some point made the name much more palatable to me than many exotic placenames.

The most interesting names I turned up in my -land search were Haviland (female) and Garland (mostly, but not exclusively, male). I quite like Garland as a sibling name to Lily, Rose, Daisy, Jasmine and the like.

You're not the only one who feels that way about Grace, iel nna! But I also like being surrounded by diversity of names, and have grown much more appreciative of the beauty and appeal of naming styles that are not my own. Off-topic subjects here make for great dinnertable discussions.

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February 26, 2016 5:11 AM

Haviland reminds me of Olivia de Haviland (sp? didn't bother to look up) - wonder if some Olivia interested people found the name that way. So this reminds me of Grace Kelly. LOVE old Hollywood. 

And I will not name my fake child Grace, but it's still a fine name - I just like a little more umf.

Hartford is kinda cool and reminds me of Harrison.

I am a huge fan of diversity in all aspects of life!

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February 26, 2016 11:08 AM

Hart  showed up occasionally in older generations of the Jewish community as the "English" name of men called Tzvi.  In Hebrew Tzvi is the word for 'stag', and in Yiddish-speaking communities Tzvi was often combined with Hirsch, German and Yiddish for 'stag' as a double barrel name Tzvi Hirsch.  So in America and other English-speaking countries the Tzvis sometimes became Hart.  But no -ford....

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By EVie
February 27, 2016 7:59 PM

Ooh, time for more fun Latin name trivia...

My guess is that Bland comes from the Latin nomen Blandius or cognomen Blandus. I didn't find much info on the former, but I did find a Roman rhetorician and his consul grandson, Rubellius Blandus and Gaius Rubellius Blandus. Blandus means "smooth-talking, flattering, complimentary"--a great name for a rhetorician and a politician! (Roman cognomina were nicknames that eventually became hereditary). The modern word "bland" has the same root, but the meaning has totally changed. "blandishment" is also related, and closer to the original meaning. This is a great example of why it doesn't make much sense to talk about "meanings" of names that go back thousands of years through multiple languages.

I find Maypole problematic for the same reasons others have mentioned, and I agree with lucubratrix that Maple is a great alternative that sounds almost the same but with less salacious connotations. I think Maryland could be sweet, though, if the parents have a personal connection to the place and aren't just using it because it sounds trendy. And I actually really love Madrigal--it's the sort of name that I could see myself using in the middle spot, because I'm a choral singer and it would be personally meaningful in addition to sounding lovely. I actually quite enjoy a lot of words-as-names, and much prefer that style of modern naming to the stick-together-random-belltones-and-change-every-vowel-to-y style.

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February 28, 2016 12:10 AM

That's a fascinating history of the word bland. Thanks for sharing!

I like Madrigal, too. But it also sounds completely namey to me because of the (fabulous) character Anna Madrigal from Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series.

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February 23, 2016 4:00 PM

Aw, heck, why don't you just call 'em Bubba and Sissy!  (Southern tongue planted firmly in cheek!)  :)

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February 23, 2016 6:18 PM

Okay, I actually have a question about this. First, do people really use those names, or is it something used for effect on TV or in movies? Second, if Sissy is used as a term of affection for a little girl, is it also used as an insult for boys indicating that they're wimpy? Or is it a compartmentalised word where you don't really think of the other use when using the relevant one? I wonder about this every time I hear a girl called Sissy on TV or in movies!

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February 23, 2016 6:28 PM

I am not in the South but I frequently hear girls called Sissy at the park.  I never hear Bubba.

The other day my 12 year old daughter who is frustrated that her toddler brother doesn't event attempt to say Clare but can "say" Paul, Kat, and Jay said "why don't I just have him call me Sissy?"  

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February 24, 2016 10:00 PM

Really? I'm from the Midwest. I hear Bubba on occasion, and Sissy much less frequently. But usually it's because siblings couldn't pronounce the real name. My sister called me Bubba for YEARS because she couldn't say Isabelle as a toddler.

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February 23, 2016 7:02 PM

Not as common now, but yes, they are used. Both can be used by younger siblings and family and some are the nns they use for everyone their entire lives. And Sissy must be compartmentalized because I never thought of Sissy the name vs derogatory sissy until you mentioned it. My stepmother was called Sissy by most people her entire life. 

Another thing people use is Brother and Sister. My oldest uncle and oldest aunt were never called anything else by their four younger siblings. My oldest sister is Sister or Sis. An old family friend recently told me that when she was little she actually thought Sister was her name and wondered why someone would name a kid that!

Also Bubba can be a nn on its own - doesn't have to be a big brother.

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