Help naming my twins
Hey berries :) I've been lurking here for a long time, and I decided it was time to finally create an account because I need help naming my little ones. I'm having a boy and a girl in a few months from now, and I'm very excited yet I have no idea what to name them. Something tells me to go with a theme (or at least names that sound good together) since that's what my parents did (we all have nature names). My husband wants to give them sophisticated, grown up names like his parents gave him and his siblings.
Names we both like for the girl:
Frances - which has always been one of my all time favorite names.
Names I like for the girl but he doesn't:
Names he likes for the girl but I don't:
Names we both like for the boy:
I personally have no idea what to name the boy.
Names he likes for the boy but I'm undecided about:
So, we need help with narrowing down what to choose as a first name & we have no idea what to pick as a middle name. For a middle name, I honestly want something that a bit unusual. I'm hoping you berries could help us out :)
Congrats on your pregnancy and welcome to Nameberry!From your short lists, I think these names would be different but complementary for boy/girl twins. I like to use more subtle themes in the middle spot (eg. nature) because using themes in first names can sound kind of cheesy/matchy.
1 Frances and Leo - two strong, classic and timeless names
2 Violet and Leo - both have a vintage flair
3 Phoebe and Leo - both are spunky and share an "ee" sound
4 Hermione and Jasper - these two pair up well
Middle Name Suggestions
Leo Jasper (from your husband's list)
Leo Peregrine - I love this combo! Is a lion and a falcon too nature themed? :)
Other First Name Suggestions
Frances and Hugo
Stella and Milo
Iris and Jack
Grace and Louis
Ivy and Felix
Alice and Henry
Lucy and Oscar
Clara and Maxwell
Charlotte and Oliver
My favorite pairing from your list is Phoebe and Leo-- classic, yet lively. Frances and Leo works too, but I would give Frances a lighter mn (Frances Mae, Frances Zoe, Frances Eve) and Leo a little longer mn (Leo Jonathan, Leo Thomas, Leo Montgomery) to balance the names out. I love a lot of mischa's suggestions for you too.
Some other possibilities or alternatives/names that have a similar feel, sound, or meaning:
Frances: Agnes, Agatha, Florence, Ruth, Esther, Susannah, Louisa, Dorothy, Felice
Violet: Juliet, Vivian, Viveca, Rosalie, Camille, Veronica, Lillian
Hermione: Hyacinth, Persephone, Octavia, Isolde, Honora
Phoebe: Zoe, Thais, Sybil, Xanthe, Eliza, Thisbe, Lucy, Nora, Beatrix, Alice
Miranda: Minerva, Mirabel, Lucinda, Miriam, Melisande, Cordelia, Madeline, Millicent
Daisy: Daphne, Marigold, Rosalie, Lilac, Lily
Penelope: Persephone, Octavia, Persis, Philippa, Philomena, Araminta, Cressida
Ottilie: Ophelia, Matilda, Millicent, Giselle, Colette, Sybilla,
Francine: Francesca, Delphine, Nadine, Josephine, Felice, Felicity, Flora, Marina
Alexandra: Alessandra, Alexandrine, Cassandra, Audrey, Calandra, Sandrine, Aurelia
Margaret: Margot, Marguerite, Pearl, Magdelena, Marjolaine, Marcella
Agnes: Frances, Agatha, Ruth, Naomi, Talia, Una, Rachel
Leo: Felix, Hugo, Eli, Levi, Ivo, Laszlo, Lawrence, Max, Sam, Cole, Tobias, Theo
August: Julian, Lucian, Alexander, Abram, Adam, Angus, Malcolm, Abner, Rufus, Austin
Jasper: Caspar, Asa, Cosimo, Roland, Rupert, Conrad, Nigel, Cassius, Isaac, Gabriel, Harold, Giles
Emmett: Bennett, Edwin, Edmond, Truman, Clement, Gilbert, Trent, Dominic, Simon, Scott
Flynn: Duncan, Yates, Wythe, Connor, Philip, Cormac, Quinn, Quentin, Quincy, Cole, Rafe, Bruce
Violet and Leo could both be considered nature names if you wanted a theme. I think it's subtle enough. Jasper would also work; it's a gem stone.
Congratulations! Based on your lists and what sounds good together I would pick Frances Violet & Jasper Leo. Good luck! xx
Frances isn't a wearable name for a seventh grader. Or a twenty year old. Or a toddler.
Pick names that'll work all throughout your child's life.
It might just be me, the dumbass foreigner, again here, but what exactly makes Frances a less wearable name than say, one of the names in your signature (not one bad word about them, just an example)? Sure it's an old-ish name, but it's not nearly in the same "don't age/do well" category as Rainbow, Serenity or Dolly for instance. I know a Frances, sure the name is pronounced differently in Danish, but I've known her since she was sixteen and it has always suited her perfectly well - both as a sixteen year old and now, as a twenty-five year old :)
Originally Posted by maewynmannix
What an odd thing to say. You are aware that all of the older women named Frances were once seventh graders, twenty year olds, and toddlers, right? Therefore, it does work throughout a child's life. I also want to add that I went to school with a Frances, and I can assure you that her name was perfectly wearable in seventh grade. She was called Frances when she was a toddler, so I can only assume that it was wearable then. I'm sure Frances will be just as wearable in two years when she's twenty as well.
Originally Posted by maewynmannix
Leo and Phoebe is my favorite pairing. Frances and Leo is very nice as well. I loved the suggestions of Hugo and Oscar.
Thanks everyone for your great suggestions!
mischa: I love Leo Raphael, Leo Jasper, & Leo Peregrine. I pratically love all your Frances mn suggestions, I can't choose a favorite. Iris and Jack are really cute too, plus I'm now considering Hugo since not only is it a great name but it honors my dad in a way (he goes by Hugh).
davisellu: So many lovely suggestions! My favorites are probably Persephone, Josephine, Flora, Octavia, Honora, Pearl, Hugo, Lucian, Florence, and Theo.
thatkathryngirl: I'll keep that in mind, thanks! :D
shvibziks: OMG I love your twin combos! I hadn't liked Agnes before, but Agnes and Leo sound adorble together! So does Flynn and Ottilie. I love Leo Helios, Flynn Illyrio, Flynn Leonidas, Agnes Ophelia, and Agnes Heloise. Also, I agree with what you said about Frances; it's not like I'm naming my daughter Pixie or Moon Unit.
maewynmannix: Personally, as someone who knew a Frances growing up, I think it's extremely wearable at any age. If she didn't like her name for some reason, she'd also have a plethora of nicknames to choose from: Franny, Frankie, etc.
southern.maple: I agree with your thoughts on Frances :)
Thanks for your suggestions everyone! I have so many options to choose from now :D I'm open for any other suggestions, comments, advice, etc.