Category: best names for twins
Twin names pose special challenges and special pleasures, for the namer and name enthusiast alike. Here, Nameberry intern and guest blogger Hannah Tenison chooses her favorite twin pairs and tells us why they work so well.
Since the days of Ancient Rome and Greece, when the stories of Remus and Romulus and Castor and Pollux circulated among the public, twins have been a source of intrigue; but when Mary-Kate and Ashley burst onto the screen in the 80s sitcom â€śFull Houseâ€ť as the lovable Michelle, they became positively marketable.
The Olsen twins gave way to â€śThe Parent Trap,â€ť starring Lindsay Lohan as twins Hallie and Annie; Tia and Tamera Mowry, who starred in the 90â€™s Disney show â€śSister, Sister,â€ť and later, Dylan and Cole Sprouse in â€śThe Suite Life of Zack and Cody.â€ť Thereâ€™s â€śHarry Potterâ€ťâ€™s Fred and George Weasley as well as Padma and Parvati Patil, along with â€śA Series of Unfortunate Eventsâ€™â€ť Duncan and Isadora Quagmire, and in music, thereâ€™s the duo Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, and indie pair Tegan and Sara.
But of course, the most interesting thing about twins is their names â€“ at least from a name nerdâ€™s perspective. Here, a list of my personal favorite twin name pairs, from starbabies to royalty, and why I think they work well together.
Thornton and Theophilus Wilder (Thornton wrote the play â€śOur Townâ€ť): Unusual, distinguished, and somewhat stodgy, these names sound old-world cool, and the shared â€śthâ€ť sound makes them similar without taking it over the top. I like that Thornton, whose unfussy surname vibe couldn’t be more different from the antiquated sound of Theophilus, still manages to sound like the latter’s twin.