One of These Names is Not Like the Other Ones

In naming their third child Samuel, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have created a club in which their oldest daughter Violet is not welcome: the “My Names Starts With an S” club. Middle sister Seraphina makes the cut, leaving Violet as the only sib without an s name.

This brings up a question that I’ve thought a lot about — how important is it that your three names match — or equally don’t match? What’s it like to be the sibling whose name doesn’t match? And does it even count as matching when there are only two other names to compare it with?

A few of my friends have similar situations with their names. Amanda Mary is sister to Alex Michael and… Will. It may not shock you to know that Will was a surprise baby. Then I have another friend whose oldest son is named Isaiah, and next three boys all have names starting with a j. To add to the j squad, my friend’s name is Jessica, and her husband’s name also starts with a j. (Apparently, she loved the name Isaiah. Then came twins, so she matched their names. And the last baby? I still can’t get a straight answer on that j, but there’s only so far you can tactfully push someone in conversation…)

I think both these situations are a little more drastic than Ben and Jennifer’s. In the first circumstance, the siblings share initials, not just the first letter and the first name. And in the second… well, how would you feel being the one i in a family of j’s? No, really — how would you feel? I’m genuinely curious. Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

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  1. by tracy fisher

    On March 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I don’t mind when a family does all the same letter, but I would feel bad being a left out kid! My sister and I used to fight over whose not-at-all-similar middle name was “prettier” or which one our mom liked more. Siblings will find ANYTHING to fight about, no need to add fuel to that fire!

  2. by Wesley

    On March 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    My older sister is Whitney Ellen (32), I’m Wesley Elizabeth (29), and the youngest was Madison Elaine (25) until my mother couldn’t take it anymore and at the age of 2, Madison became Wallis and has been Wallis Elaine for 23 years!