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Those Dreamy Jonas Brothers Names

If I had three boys I would name them after the Jonas Brothers! Is that wrong? I love those names and what they mean, even their last name, Jonas.

-j.n.

If you're wrong, you're certainly not alone. In fact, I can almost hear the voices of other young readers shouting "Hands off, those names are mine!"

Truly, there's nothing "wrong" about naming a baby after someone you admire, whether that person is your Grandma Rose, the president of the United States, or all three of the Jonas brothers. As long as beautiful men and women shine on the silver screen, as long as writers spin stories of adventurous heroes and heroines, as long as singers and dancers wow us with their talents, parents will look to the famous and exceptional when it comes time to name the stars of their own lives, their new babies. That's human nature. But let's take a closer look at the JoBro names in particular.


The teen sensation who helped put the Jonas Brothers on the map, Miley Cyrus, has already spawned a mini-craze for her own invented name. But the Jonas names are of a different stripe. For those of legal drinking age who might have missed the phenomemon, the boys are Kevin, Nick, and Joe. That's not Hollywood Wacky, it's All-American Boy.

It's doubtful that random strangers would even realize three boys with those names were named after famous singers-unless we're choosing our strangers from the crowd at a Jonas Brothers concert. Grownups, would you roll your eyes at a set of adult brothers named George, Paul and John? It takes a Ringo to push the theme over the edge.

So the Name Lady doesn't see anything wrong with your naming dreams, with one caveat. I'm going to take a wild guess based on your note that you're in the Jonas Brothers' target demographic. I'm crossing my fingers, therefore, that these name choices are hypothetical. (Heaven knows, there's nothing wrong with contemplating baby names from an early age. How do you think the Name Lady started out in this business?) But even if you were ready today, three sons take a long, long time to produce. By the time the third boy came along, the JoBros might well be the "JoWho?"...even for you. So don't start composing a matched set unless you love each name on its own merits.

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October 14, 2009 1:16 AM
By Cailin - HEY! NO 'T' (not verified)

I understand the concern but if you look at each of there first name, middle name combinations, they aren't shocking or even unique. I'm sure there are other boys in our world who cringe every time a 13-year-old screams "marry me Nicholas Jerry!" (I admit the Jerry is less common but if it's a tribute....) Or Joseph Adam. Paul Kevin? See what I mean? Each of their names are constructed by common or traditional names. I have a friend named Levi Adam. Same formula? Biblical + Adam? Even the 'bonus jonas' Franklin Nathaniel has the same thing going on as his brothers.
This would only be strange if she married someone with the surname Jonas and proceeded to give each of her boys the exact first name, middle name combination in birth order.

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