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New Babies Alert: Kim and Kroy Do It Again!

New Babies Alert: Kim and Kroy Do It Again!

Real Housewife star Kim Zolciak and her NFL player husband Kroy Biermann welcomed twins and yes, each name begins with a K. PEOPLE reports that the couple had a boy and a girl this weekend who join older sisters Brielle and Ariana and brothers KJ and Kash.

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Celebrity Baby Name Alert: Greg Vaughan Welcomes Third Son Landan Reid

Celebrity Baby Name Alert: Greg Vaughan Welcomes Third Son Landan Reid

General Hospital's Greg Vaughan announced on Twitter yesterday that he and wife, Dutch model Touriya Haoud, welcomed their third son, Landan Reid Vaughan. Landan will join big brothers Jathan James and Cavan Thomas

Although it has been a popular trend lately to play with spelling in order to bring freshness to a popular name, Vaughan and Haoud have an interesting naming pattern. With their third child, we can clearly see the three are all alternate, original spellings on more popular names. But they also all feature an A after the first letter, an A after the middle consonant(s) and end in the letter N. While many parents choose a particular style such as biblical or vintage names, or the well-known trend of giving all of your children the same first initial, Vaughan and Haoud have created their very own naming template. 

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I'm Not a Name Thief! (Right?)

A few months ago my beloved brother told me he had fallen in love with a particular baby name. As it happens, this name is one that my husband and I had considered for our first baby, and now that I'm pregnant again we'd like to use for this baby. It's not like we would be "stealing" my brother's favorite name. After all, there's no guarantee he'll have kids at all, nevermind kids of a particular gender, and this may never be a name that works out for him and his theoretical future partner. It seems like a lot to ask for us to give up the name for this hypothetical future nephew. Is first come, first served a good family naming policy?

-Big Sis

It's all too common for family members to want the same baby name.  Shared cultural backgrounds and personal reference points lead us to the same choices. In fact, it's a wonder that more Big Sisses and Little Bros aren't at each other's throats over "stolen" names.

Assuming nobody has a unique connection to the name, the Name Lady's rule of thumb is generally what you suggest: first come, first served. As you rightly point out, just because your brother likes the same baby name as you, doesn't mean he'll ever actually have the chance to use it. 

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To The Letter: Tia Mowry Embraces Family Naming Tradition

To The Letter: Tia Mowry Embraces Family Naming Tradition

Tia Mowry had it a little easier than some when it came to selecting a name for her first son -- she already had his initials picked out!

The former child star, who memorably costarred with her twin sister Tamara Mowry on the hit TV show Sister, Sister, adopted a naming convention her own parents used. She and her husband, actor Cory Hardrict (He’s Just Not That Into You), gave the baby boy -- born Tuesday in Los Angeles -- a first name beginning with the letter “C” in honor of dad and a middle name starting with “T” to represent mom.

The result?

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