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Are These Sister Names Sweet or Silly?

We are expecting our second daughter soon and are struggling with a name. Our firstborn is Rylin, named from my maiden name and my husband's middle name. For the next girl, we like Taylin, but don't know if they are too close. We also like Logan and Remy. We're running out of time to decide!

–Too Close for Sisters?

"Too close" is generally a matter of personal taste. Some parents deliberately aim for a matching set, like Ethan and Nathan or Kayla and Kayden. It seems like you don't want that, though; you asked whether the names were too close, not whether they are close enough. Two names ending in –ylin do come across as a thematic set.

Does Taylin have a special meaning to you, like Rylin does? If not, maybe you'd like to look for something along those lines for daughter number two. It doesn’t have to be a mashup, like the one you created for Rylin. But it could be nice if it has a special story, like the one behind Rylin's name: a namesake, a word or place name that's meaningful to you, even an initial shared with someone special. Even "we just loved it!" can be a good story … if it's true! Let that be your guide, and your younger daughter will have a name just as special as her sister's.


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June 19, 2017 12:45 PM
By Christi with an i (not verified)

I would either not use anything this close or go with Tylin because that is probably want she will be called. They don't quite rhyme but they feel like they should. It will be typical for people to mistake their names as Rylin and Tylin or Raylin and Taylin.

June 19, 2017 5:28 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

2 syllables with ylin being repeated are too close; how much closer can you get? Remy is also close with the R and two syllables but not as much. I feel it lacks character, but it'll be unique if that's what you want. Logan is the more unique one but it doesn't feel unisex as you might suppose, this is not like Morgan, but very male--super masculine, as in Wolverine. It's not off limits, I'm just giving my opinion--Logan doesn't have the soft glow that Loren has.

June 23, 2017 6:35 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Also if you have any more which you didn't say, trying to not *exclude* any more children becomes another issue. I would look a little more in your family tree, etc. and find something unique and as stand alone as Rylin. Even if there's not a huge personal tie, picking something in the family helps one feel like they belong in solid ways for some people. :)

If not, a name like Isla or "homage" it like Tayla is very complimentary but is certainly it's own name. They grow up to be their own person too! And Congrats!!

October 8, 2017 6:42 AM
By Caitlin (not verified)

I have 2 girls and a boy. My girls are Jocelyn and Rowyn. Both ending in yn and o second letter. Not completely intentional, but I liked them and they go together. When I was pregnant with our 3rd child, I was struggling with a girls name that went with theirs because I didn't want it to not "fit" the theme they had going in. But we found out we were having a boy. We picked Finley out early and its perfect for him. It still fits with their names and has a y. My husband's name is Bobby. So we picked a y ending name to go with his since the girls end with n like mine. We're done having kids, but if I had another boy we would do another y ending name, but not matchy. I like Henley, but its the same issue you have with them sounding the same.

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