Names for Twins: Double Delivery Surprise
A double delivery surprise means four finalist names for twins! If their twins are boys, they’re all set. But when it comes to girls’ twin 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 twin 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?
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on January 11th, 2017 at 12:21 am
I like Emerson for a girl name just as much as a boy. Another similar idea is Emery or Elliott
on January 11th, 2017 at 12:39 am
What about having Tennyson , Frost or Austen as the boy name and Emerson or Emery as the girl name? Other choices I can see are Violet , Everly , Margery , Ivy , Lucille , Edie , Marielle , Marisol or Adela
on January 11th, 2017 at 7:12 am
For me personally, I don’t like siblings to share the same initial, especially for twins and even more for one twin to match another sibling. So as much as I love Anna and Eva from the Name Sage suggestion, I wouldn’t use either. A compromise could be Ivy? Emerson and Ivy are sweet together.
Holden, Amelia, Emerson, and Ivy
Other non-H, A, E choices that tend not to have nicknames:
Emerson and Juliet are nice together… each has 3 syllables but otherwise not matchy.
For two girls, I’d choose Nora and Tessa or Clara and Juliet (from my list, that is :D)
Ialso like the suggestion of Violet.
on January 11th, 2017 at 7:38 am
You seem to really be going for literary baby names. With that thought, I think the suggestion of Juliet is a good one. Also going to add:
Rosalind (As You Like It, Shakespeare)
Zora (Zora Neale Hurston)
Eleanor (Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen)- spelled Elinor in the novel
Jane (Jane Austen)
Bianca (The Taming of the Shrew)- less sure that this fits with your style
Estella (Great Expectations, Dickens)- might be too similar to Amelia
Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare)
Isabel (Portrait of a Lady, Henry James)
Daisy (The Great Gatsby)
Esther- I just think Esther would be a lovely fit. Holden, Amelia, Emerson, and Esther.
Margo, Agnes, Edith- The girls’ names from Despicable Me are a classic style that might appeal to you.
Also: Eliza, Martha, Harriet, Louisa, Grace, Helena/Helen, Lucy/Lucille, Rose, Katherine, Zelda, Clarissa, Eloise (I think this fits beautifully: Holden, Emerson, Amelia, and Eloise), Felicity, Pamela, Rosamund, Vivian, Josephine, Alice, Charlotte, Adele/Adelaide, Antonia (Love this one: Holden, Amelia, Emerson, and Antonia), Dorothy, Imogen (Holden, Amelia, Emerson, and Imogen), Lorelei, Susan (Lady Susan by Jane Austen), Theresa.
on January 11th, 2017 at 7:48 am
I think they already have the names-Maeve and Lila are perfect together!
on January 11th, 2017 at 8:06 am
Given Emerson skews girl for me now, For BG twins I’d pick a clearly feminine name. Emerson and Hadley sound like two sisters.
on January 11th, 2017 at 10:27 am
I think that Eloise and Violet are great for girl/girl twins and that Emerson and Violet are good for boy/girl twins.
on January 11th, 2017 at 11:42 am
I think Zoe would go really well with Amelia and Holden! (And Emerson).
Maybe Zoe and Hazel, Lucy, Mae, Camille, Lena, Elsa, or Stella (or Margot, Violet, or Eloise)
on January 11th, 2017 at 12:39 pm
So many great options to choose from; no wonder this is so tricky!
If you had 2 girls I really like the suggestions of Caroline, Eloise, or Violet. I love that none of them end with the same sound as Amelia but they all still coordinate nicely with Holden and Amelia. I also wonder if you would like the name Dorothy.
If you had a boy (Emerson) and a girl, I think my favorite suggestion would be Caroline. It sounds similar to Margo on your list but feels similar to Annabel on his list. I also like that it is also 3 syllables like Emerson (subtle connection but not too matchy matchy)
Holden, Amelia, Eloise, and Violet
Holden, Amelia, Caroline, and Eloise
Holden, Amelia, Caroline, and Violet
Holden, Amelia, Emerson, and Caroline
on January 11th, 2017 at 1:29 pm
If it’s two girls I love either Eloise or Eliza for one and Carmen for the other.
If it’s a boy and a girl, I wouldn’t use Carmen with Emerson (too similar endings to each other and to Holden) or a girl’s name that starts with “E” (e.g. Emerson and Eloise). I would go with Carmen and Miles or Eliza/Eloise and Miles.
on January 11th, 2017 at 1:41 pm
Amelia, Holden, and…
Emerson and Miles
Emerson and Rosalie
Emerson and Vivian
Emerson and Daphne
Rosalie and Eleanor
Rosalie and Vivian
Daphne and Violet
Daphne and Vivian
on January 11th, 2017 at 3:39 pm
Some girl names that I think go with your sib set and style:
Mila (can be pronounced mee-la or my-la)
Holden, Amelia, Emerson & Heidi
Holden, Amelia, Emerson & Claire
Holden, Amelia, Emerson & Savannah
on January 11th, 2017 at 5:39 pm
Megan, we must be on the same wavelength because the first girl’s name I thought of to go with Emerson (before I saw your favorites) was Margo. But anyway, since you came for more options…
Holden, Amelia and…
Boy and girl:
Emerson and Iris
Emerson and Ruby
Emerson and Fiona
Emerson and Maisie
Emerson and Talia
Emerson and Elaine (if you don’t mind them both having the same first initial)
Emerson and Leonie
Emerson and Sibyl
Some of the above names would pair together well: Iris & Ruby, Fiona & Maisie, Leonie & Sibyl.
Here are some more ideas…
Sylvie and Miriam
Celia and Helena
Elaina and Imogen
Marigold and Rosemary
Lucy and Clara
Elodie and Lydia
Camille and Maelys
Linnea and Cosima
Anything appeal? Best of luck!
on January 12th, 2017 at 1:06 am
What about Lydia? Similar to both Lila and Elaida, but a little more classic to go with the rest of the names of your children.
on January 12th, 2017 at 5:59 am
Oh I LOVE the names you like and your Husband likes.
For boy/girl twins:
EMERSON & ELAIDA
-Bedsides Emerson and Elaida both starting with and E, they really aren’t matchy at all. Emerson starts off with a short “Eh” sound and Elaida starts off with a longer “Ee” sound. They will both be able to recognize their names when you call for them. I also love how Elaida is the clearer feminine name.
For girl/girl twins:
ELAIDA & HADLEY
– These names ooze awesomeness for a girl girl duo. They just go well together. How cute! One super feminine name and one beautiful but less frilly name. Hadley may end up being the girly girl and Elaida may end up being he tomboy! And that’s even better!
on January 12th, 2017 at 10:51 am
I do love the names you have already chosen for your children. I agree that Holden, Amelia, Emerson and Violet sounds perfect if you have b/g twins.
Other girl name suggestions:
I personally love Violet and Imogen.
on January 12th, 2017 at 12:57 pm
If you have two daughters, consider naming the second one Emme. It’s close to Emerson, too close if it’s a boy/girl pair and the boy is named Emerson, but as a second girl name it could be a pretty callback to the name Emerson.
As for a first choice girl name, how about Cecily? I think it fits in nicely with the very uncommon-but-traditional names you’ve given your first two children.
Miles & Emerson
Emerson & Cecily
Cecily & Emme
Congratulations on the twins!
on January 12th, 2017 at 3:39 pm
Holden, Amelia, and
Emerson and Miles
or Emerson and:
on January 13th, 2017 at 4:07 pm
Looking at both your and DH’s list I instantly thought of Mavis. (Cora, Lila and Margo strike me as short, classic and spunky and with it’s similarity to Maeve he might like it as well.) Also Emerson and Mavis would be cute together – both have strong m sounds but they aren’t too matchy.
I also like Nora and Liora.
Otherwise when it comes down to two girls you could choose one name from each list. He gets to choose his favorite from yours and you from his?? (Maybe a backup plan incase you can’t come to a consensus and do have two girls.)
on January 15th, 2017 at 11:42 pm
Ok, my only qualm with Violet is if the last name is Brown as putting two colors together just feels awkward. With Emerson as male, would you want a gender neutral for the girl too?
The name that popped up for me was Evangeline. It may be shortened to Eva but that’s cute and trendy anyway.
Good luck and congratulations!!
on January 16th, 2017 at 5:42 pm
I love Miles and Emerson!
Holden, Amelia, Emerson & Charlotte “Lottie”
Holden, Amelia, Emerson & Lottie
Holden, Amelia, Emerson & Valerie
Holden, Amelia, Emerson & Linda
Holden, Amelia, Emerson & Maude
Holden, Amelia, Emerson & Kenna
Holden, Amelia, Emerson & Blaire
Holden, Amelia, Emerson& Ivy
Holden, Amelia, Emerson & Ava
Holden, Amelia, Emerson & Jordan
Holden, Amelia, Etta & Sylvie
Holden, Amelia, Kenna & Maude
Holden, Amelia, Erin & Nell
Holden, Amelia, Jodie & Sage
Holden, Amelia, Lindsey & Lacey
Holden, Amelia, Haley & Ayla
Holden, Amelia, Molly & Ellery
Holden, Amelia, Eloise & Layla
Holden, Amelia, Charlotte & Stella
Holden, Amelia, Sabrina & Erin
Holden, Amelia, Dolly & Jordan
Holden, Amelia, Nico & Devyn
Holden, Amelia, Teagan & Fiona
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