It’s All in a Name

Dear Mr. Dad: I’ve always wondered why parents of large families sometimes give all their children names beginning with the first letter, as in, “Hi, I’d like you to meet my kids: Connie, Carla, Christopher, Caligula, Charles, and Conner.” How long has this trend been around?

A: Having all the kids’ names start with the same letter or sound may make them feel connected–to their siblings and the family as a whole–particularly if a child is adopted. It might also be a memory aid for those time (and all parents have them) when they call their children by the wrong name or the dog’s name or can’t remember the right name at all.

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