Category: Sibling and Multiple Names
Twins, twins, they’re everywhere! Or at least, it seems like it. Beyoncé and Jay-Z are expecting twins, and so are George and Amal Clooney. But they’re not the only superstar celebs who are going to be pulling double duty when it comes to raising kiddos — Madonna also recently adopted twin four-year-old girls from Malawi. With all the twinning out there, we’re bringing you the lowdown on these mini multiples.
1. The twin birth rate peaked in 2014. The twin birth rate rose a whopping 76 percent between the years 1980 and 2009, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). In 2014, twinning reached a record high. But in 2015 the rate declined… slightly (from 33.9 to 33.5 out of every 1,000 births). Even though there’s an ever so small dip in the twin birth rate, in 2015 alone 133,155 babies were born in twin deliveries!
They have a favorite name picked out for their son, but some have dismissed it as a dog name. What does that mean, exactly, in 2017? Should they choose another name, or stick with their first choice?
We are expecting our first baby boy in just a couple weeks and still haven’t decided on his name.
Hipster baby names are big where we live. I love most of them, and prefer “old man” names for the most part.
The middle name will be John, another family name. Our last name starts with a T and sounds like tunes, so names ending in a T don’t work well, and I tend to think names ending in S don’t sound very good, either.
Our current frontrunner is Murphy. My husband is a surfer, so the meaning – sea warrior – is perfect. Plus, there was a comic strip from the 1960s about a little surfer dude named Murphy, drawn by one of my husband’s favorite artists.
Also, lots of people call it a “dog name.” Which I’m really sick of on the whole. I always seem to like all those so-called dog names. Who cares if people named their dog a GOOD name? Does that mean we should just turn the name over to the dogs indefinitely?
Thanks for any advice you have. I want to just fall in love with Murphy, but I can’t shake this feeling that I’m not all the way done looking yet!
The Name Sage replies:
Naming twins offers double the opportunity to use your favorite names, but it also multiplies the potential challenges. Rhyming pairs like Stacey and Tracey, Phil and Bill are (hopefully) a thing of the past. Instead, parents should seek to balance both names, creating a harmonious pair. After all, that’s exactly what most parents would wish for the twins themselves!
It was early April in 2014 when my husband, Rick, and I learned we were pregnant. After a long struggle with infertility, we were stunned, cautious, and absolutely thrilled. My husband immediately got busy turning the home office into a nursery; I immediately got busy searching for the perfect name. As an academic who spent years studying naming practices, I was excited to finally put my research skills to personal use. And when I later learned that I was expecting twins – a boy and a girl to boot – I felt like I hit the onomastic jackpot. Choosing the perfect names for our little girl and our little boy became a top priority during the pregnancy.
They found a great family name for their firstborn, but now they’re stuck finding something every bit as meaningful and stylish for their new daughter.
We are now expecting a second girl and are at a stalemate. We feel compelled to give her a family name as well, because we love having that connection. My husband’s mother, Brenda, is deceased and so we’d love to honor her. But Brenda (and similar names Brenna, Brianna) just don’t resonate with us.
We’ve come up with a few names that start with B to honor her, but nothing is really exciting us yet. We are also considering Annabeth Claire (a mashup of our three sisters’ middle names) but aren’t quite sold on it yet. Any suggestions?
The Name Sage replies: