I honored with our middle names-- I could have easily feminized his name completely (Steven Patrick -> Stephanie Patricia) but my cousin is named Stephanie so I didn't want to do that. My name is completely feminine; there are no related masculine forms at all for either my first or middle, but the first part of my middle name is an unrelated name, so I used that. If I just wanted to relate with sound, I could have used Shane, but I actually like Shai, so...
And, because I wasn't sure what first names to use, I picked the boy's name from his family tree (his great grandfather) and the girl's name from mine (my great grandmother, as well as a second great aunt). So both kids honor both families.
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