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Twin Names with Inspired Links

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Twins not matchy-matchy

By Kara Cavazos @ The Art of Naming

Here in the US, some of the most popular twin sets include names like Matthew & Michael, Daniel & David, Hailey & Hannah or Ella & Emma. Yet others are even matchier such as Lillian and Jillian, Bryan & Ryan or Jesse & Jessica. While there isn’t technically anything wrong with matching names together like this, there are plenty of ways to be more creative when naming twin while still allowing them to have their own identities.

I’ve come up with three ways to help parents make sure their twins won’t have overly matchy names. We will examine twin names that are linked together by meaning while still being different from one another, names that sound very different but still work together stylistically, and names that share a common sound without rhyming or being too sound-alike.

1. Linked by meaning

These names don’t rhyme or sound alike but they do share a similar meaning. This is great for parents who feel the urge to make twin names matchy but don’t want to rhyme or have the names start with the same letter.

Female Twins: 

Aurora & Roxanne (“Dawn“)
Eve & Zoey (“To Live” / Life”)
Corinna & Imogen (“Maiden”)

Male Twins:
Joshua & Isaiah (“God is Salvation”)
Derek & Henry (“Ruler of People / Home Rule“)
Matthew & Theodore (“Gift of God”)

Male/Female Twins:
David & Cara (“Beloved“)
Beau & Calista (“Beautiful”)
Brendan & Sarah (“Prince / Princess“)

Or the rare instance where the meaning of a name is also a name:

Margaret & Pearl (“Pearl“)
Susannah & Lily (“Lily“)
Daphne & Laurel (“Laurel“)
Hannah & Grace (“Grace“)
Ione & Violet (“Violet“)
Erica & Heather (“Heather“)

2. Very different sounds

These names may be of a similar style or origin but they do not sound the same. They do not rhyme; they might not even have any of the same letters in common. These names stand together but have their own identities.

Female Twins:

Charlotte & Matilda
Emma & Chloe
Molly & Jessica
Daisy & Lola
Jade & Tabitha

Male Twins:
Tyler & Brandon
Hunter & Mason
Kevin & Patrick
Oliver & Flynn
Jacob & Gideon

Male/Female Twins:
Cole & Brianna
Gavin & Alexandra
Jeremy & Nicole
Evan & Isabella
Benjamin & Emily

3. Complementary sounds

These names share a similar sound or two, but they are not overwhelmingly similar and they do not rhyme. Often, these sounds will be emphasized differently and the names will have different syllable counts.

Female Twins:

Brooke & Rebecca  (B & R)
Natalie & Lauren (N & L)
Ivy & Genevieve (V)

Male Twins:
Milo & Dominic (M)
Vincent & Oliver (V)
Lewis & Maxwell (W & L)

Male/Female Twins:
James & Tessa (S)
Phillip & Seraphina (Ph)
Brooks & Aubrey (Br)

What do you think of this list?  Whether you like or dislike the idea of making twin names overly matchy, perhaps you can share in the comments some examples of names that you appreciate on twins.  Do you have twins of your own? Do you have twin names picked out just in case? Where do you draw the line between the names being subtly linked and being too close for comfort?

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Baby Monroe

Question of the week:  How do you feel about alliterative names?

At one time, movie marquees were packed with alliterative names, from Greta Garbo and Greer Garson to Roy Rogers and Ronald Reagan to Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe (shown above when she was still Norma Jean)—a style of (often invented) names that has pretty much moved off the screen, except for the occasional Vince Vaughn or January Jones.

So—what do you think of double-dip initials: memorable or gimmicky?

Would you use an alliterative baby name?

Would you break it up with a differently initialed middle?

And—taking it a little farther afield, would you give twins same-initial (aka matchy-matchy) names?

(You can follow a discussion of alliterative baby names on our message boards.)

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