A double delivery surprise means four finalist names! If their twins are boys, they’re all set. But when it comes to girls’ names, they’re not sure where to begin.
My husband and I are expecting fraternal twins in a few short months. We have decided to keep the babies’ genders a surprise. As a result, we need to come up with four names (two boys and two girls).
We are at a bit of a standstill when it comes to girl names. We don’t want any names that are too matchy, and would prefer names that do not have easily derived nicknames, but other than that we don’t have any real guidelines for names.
I want names that I love as much as my other children’s names and our boy name choices.
We are quickly getting closer to the babies’ arrivals and we are desperate to find the right girl names. Do you have any suggestions for girl names to round out our list?
The Name Sage replies:
I’m always intrigued by couples that seem to be on the same page style-wise – but don’t actually agree on a name yet! It happens to plenty of parents, though, and I think looking for help to build up your list of suggestions is the right approach.
Both you and your husband seem to prefer conventionally feminine names that aren’t automatically shortened. And while a few of your names are longer and unusual – like Elaida – I’d say that you tend to favor shorter, more mainstream choices.
So how does that translate to The Name? Let’s start by looking at few options that your short list seems to suggest, and then consider some fresh ideas.
Now, let’s talk about some fresh ideas.
Caroline – Not so long ago, every Caroline was a Carrie. But over the past thirty years or so, that’s changed dramatically. Now most Carolines are … Caroline. It feels like a compromise between shorter Cora and longer Annabelle.
My favorites are Eloise and Violet. I think they both work well with Emerson as a brother, and I think Eloise and Violet sound like great names for sisters, too. They share an ‘l’ sound, as well as an ‘o’, but really sound nothing alike Both names work well with big sister Amelia, too.
Since you’re eager to avoid matching, I realize you might not like two E names for your twins. That tips the scales in favor of Violet if you welcome boy/girl twins. Holden, Amelia, Emerson, and Violet really does sound exactly right to me.
Readers, what would you suggest to Megan and her husband?
Want to see your question featured in this column? Write to email@example.com.