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Twin Names: Lessons from the Stars

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This blog is adapted from our most recent book, Beyond Ava & Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby

Twins offer a rare opportunity for parents to choose two related names at the same time, but also multiply the potential difficulties of sibling naming.  With twins, it can be more tempting to use rhyme, sound play, and same initial names, but in our opinion pairings like Eddie and Teddy, Faith and Charity, or Nicholas and Nicole should be relegated to a time capsule.

While same-initial names that are clearly distinct from each other – Garrett and Grace, say, or Susannah and Simone – are okay, different-initial names are consistent in style and tone are preferable.

Some celebrity examples that work: Brad and Angelia’s Knox and Vivienne, Julia RobertsPhinnaeus and Hazel, Patrick Dempsey’s Sullivan and Darby, and Marcia Cross’s Eden and Savannah.  Although each of these sets of names is very different in style and feel, they all embody the qualities that matter most in twin names.  Each name in the set is distinct from the other yet they make a harmonious pair – exactly what most parents would wish for the twins themselves.

Gender compatibility may be more important for twins than it is for siblings.  One pair of starbaby twins whose names don’t quite work as well as they should: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ Jessie James and D’Lila StarBoth are girls, yet Jessie’s name seems thoroughly boyish while D’Lila’s is feminine to the point of frilly.  Melissa Ethridge’s twins are Johnnie and Miller – but unless you know their middle names, you wouldn’t guess that Johnnie is a girl, Miller a boy.  Such gender confusion seems needless, well, confusing.Style consistency is also important.  Most of the examples here work really well, from the traditional Lucy and John to the quirky Juno and Rex.  The pairing of John and Juno would not be so sweet.  Here are some recent examples:

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ADELE GEORGIANA & ROMAN STYLIANOS  –Molly Ringwald

AVA & GRACE –  Mia Hamm & Nomar Garciaparra

BOB & MAX –  Charlie Sheen

BRONWYN GOLDEN & SLATER JOSIAH –  Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance

CHARLENE RIVA & MYLA ROSERoger Federer

CHARLIE TAMARA TULIP & DOLLY REBECCA ROSERebecca Robijn & Jerry O’Connell

COCO TRINITY & SAWYER LUCIA –  Diane Farr

DARBY GALEN & SULLIVAN PATRICK –  Patrick Dempsey

DEXTER HENRY LORCAN & FRANK HARLAN JAMES –   Diana Krall & Elvis Costello

EDEN & SAVANNAH –  Marcia Cross

ELI NICHOLAS & HUGO BERNARD –  Jeffrey Tambor

EMME MARIBEL & MAXIMILIAN DAVID –  Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony

GRACE & HENRY –  Norah O’Donnell

JAID THOMAS & JAX JOSEPH –   Gabrielle Beauvais-Nilon

JESSE JAMESON & JOURNEY JETTJenna Jameson

JESSIE JAMES (f) & D’LILA STARSean “Diddy’ Combs

JOHN & GUS –  Julie Bowen

JOHN DAVID & LUCY ELIZABETH – Nancy Grace

JOHNNIE ROSE & MILLER STEVEN –  Melissa Ethridge

JULIANNA TEX & HENRY BENJAMINEmily (Dixie Chick) Robison

JUNO & REX –  Will Champion (Coldplay)

KNOX LEON & VIVIENNE MARCHELINE —  Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

LUCAS & OLIVIA –  Wanda Sykes

MARION LORETTA ELWELL & TABITHA HODGE –  Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick

MATEO & VALENTINO –  Ricky Martin

NATALIA & SANTINO –  Adam Carolla

PHINNAEUS WALTER & HAZEL PATRICIA – Julia Roberts

SIERRA & SIENA–  Kurt Warner

THOMAS BOONE & ZOE GRACEDennis Quaid

WILL & JESSEWendy Wilson

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