Naming Twin Boys: Double Trouble
Our daughter is named Tallulah, a name we could not love more and which suits her perfectly. Her little brother is Maximilian but is always called Max, a name we both always loved despite its popularity.
Other names in the running that we more or less agree on are Abe, Jasper, Henry (Hank) and Wolf. My husband is pushing for Blaise or Mars but I’m just not convinced. I love Felix and Forest but he does not. We could always each name one baby! But we’d really like to agree on their names! Any suggestions?
We’d like to avoid giving the boys’ names that start with the same letter if we can, and some names just sound weird with our one-syllable last name that rhymes with ‘News’.
The Name Sage replies:
The thought of naming twins always thrills me. Two babies! Double the names!
But when it comes time to narrow the list to two actual names for these new human beings? It’s harder than it looks.
Our Twin Naming Guide describes the right choice this way:
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.
The good news is that many of your choices feel like they’d work beautifully together, and fit nicely with Tallulah and Maximilian “Max,” too. And you’re absolutely right: better to agree on both names that each choose one.
I would cross out Fox as too close to Max, but also maybe Mars. And if avoiding popular choices matters, Henry strikes me as name that might disappoint. It’s a personal favorite of mine, but at Number 22 and rising, you’re likely to meet a lot of little Henrys.
Maybe the biggest challenge of naming twin boys is this: Tallulah and Maximilian are long, dramatic names. But Max is a friendly, accessible, mini name, just one syllable. And the boys’ choices on your current list top out at two.
I suspect that your style for boys leans more towards the latter. The perfect compromise might be two longer, unexpected names, both with a short nickname. But I’ll throw in some other options, too.
Abraham, called Abe or Bram – This feels like an obvious choice. Abe is already on your list, and while Abraham ranks in the Top 200, it doesn’t feel too common. Nickname Bram, as in Stoker, is another option that’s even less often heard.
Callahan, Calder, or Calvin called Cal – There are scores of longer names that easily shorten to Cal, which feels like a companion for Max and Gus and Hank. Calvin ranks in the current Top 200, but Calder and Callahan don’t even crack the US Top 1000.
Ezekiel, called Zeke – One of the fun things about Max is that letter X. It’s on your list with Felix, too, so I wonder if you might like Z names for boys? Ezekiel falls just outside of the current Top 100, but it doesn’t feel too common.
Leonidas, Leopold, or Leonardo, called Leo – As with Cal, possibilities for a longer name abound. I’m guessing you might know a little Leo or two already. But if Max having a longer, and less common, given name helps in that case, would Leonidas called Leo work every bit as well?
Nicodemus called Nico – Nicholas dominated the 90s, but there are plenty of Nic– names to choose from. I have a soft spot for Nicodemus, but Dominic and Nicanor are options, too. Nick is an easy option, but Nico feels more like a sibling for Tallulah and Max.
That’s the easy part! But since we’re choosing two names, let’s look at some possible pairs.
Ezekiel + Abraham, called Zeke and Bram – This is my favorite duo from the list! They feel a little more offbeat and unexpected, even though they’re really fairly familiar. They strike me as nicely balanced for twin brothers, but also compatible with Tallulah and Max. I like Jasper and Zeke together, too.
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NameLover 11 Said
on April 3rd, 2018 at 11:53 pm
I really like this sets!
Finnegan “Finn” & Callahan “Cal”
Theodore “Theo” & Leonardo “Leo”
on April 4th, 2018 at 2:11 am
I know Blaise isn’t her favorite, but I really love Blaise and Flynn together!
on April 4th, 2018 at 3:05 am
I like Abraham ‘Abe’ & Theodore ‘Theo’ (or maybe Ted?). They sound great with Tallulah and Maximilian ‘Max’!
on April 4th, 2018 at 4:37 am
Xavier and Felix
Otis and Charlie
Cameron and Ryan
Dylan and Cody
Dexter and Hendrix
Milo and Grey
Rory and Riley
Henry and Andre
Finley and Wesley
Weston and Wyatt
Austin and Oscar
Arlo and Bentley
Dylan and Ethan
Milan and Maddox
Javan and Jonty
on April 4th, 2018 at 6:38 am
Oh how fun! Twin names are always exciting. I have a sister named Tallulah so I have a real soft spot for that name. Okay so… Tallulah, Maximilian “Max” and:
Dashiell, August/Augustus, Evander, Atticus, Viggo, Sylvester, Julian, Wolfgang, Calloway, Vincent, Rockwell, Huxley, Leopold, Guthrie, Valentino, Aurelius, Ezekiel, Arthur, Willoughby, Raphael, Ignatius, Gulliver, Elliott, Lucien, Everett, Kingston, Leonardo, Griffin, Jericho, Callahan, Anderson, Benedict.
I would tend to stick with longish names (2+ syllables) and have possible shorter nicknames if necessary. Maybe it’s just me, but I prefer sibling names of similar length so while I adore Fox it looks out of place alongside Tallulah and Maximilian (and is probably a bit too close to Max in my opinion).
My top choices would be Dashiell and Augustus. Handsome, worldly, charming, timeless, on-trend but definitely not overused, go well with your older kids’ names, and if you wanted nicknames Dash and Augie are gorgeous together!
on April 4th, 2018 at 6:43 am
I agree with having a longer name to match Tallulah and Maximilian. Another Cal name I adore, is Calidore meaning Eagle King. Which I think would work great with Tallulah and Max. I also love the option this article gave of Abraham. So cute. Would love to hear which names you pick. Xo.
on April 4th, 2018 at 7:50 am
Nathaniel and Alexander, Nate & Zander.
on April 4th, 2018 at 8:20 am
Looking at your list, Fox and Wolf jump out at me as great middle names that would give the twins a cool connection between their names. My favorite suggestion is for Abe and Hank, so maybe Abraham Wolf and Harrison Fox?
on April 4th, 2018 at 8:42 am
I am absolutely in love with Orion & Atlas
on April 4th, 2018 at 9:28 am
Ezekiel, which I love, brings another twin set to mind.
Ezekiel nn Zeke and Zebedee or Zebediah nn Zebbe pronounced Zeb ee
on April 4th, 2018 at 10:10 am
Lovely names!! Congratulation on twins, how fun!! What came into my mind was:
Leander & Elias
they sound nice together and keep in line with the romantic but not out-there feel that Maximilian evokes. and of course could be shortened to Eli and Leo.
best of luck!
on April 4th, 2018 at 11:05 am
My favorite twin names for boys are Alasdair & Dashiell with the nicknames Dair & Dash. I think these fit well with Talullah and Maximilian.
on April 4th, 2018 at 11:29 am
Abraham and Edmund… Abe and Ned. Tallulah, Max, Abe, and Ned… how cool.
on April 4th, 2018 at 12:39 pm
This is so great !
Augustus “Gus” and Leopold “Leo”
on April 4th, 2018 at 1:14 pm
From the sage’s suggestions I like the combo Harrison and Abraham. I also like Leopold and Augustus, nn Leo and Gus, Callahan and Anderson, nn Cal and Ender, Phineas and Alistair nn Phin and Al, and Theodore and Sylvester, nn Theo and Sly. My Faves are Phin and Al and Leo and Gus.
I also like Orion and Atlas, but to me the lack of nn options and their relative shortness makes them stick out next to Talullah and Maximillian, similar objections to Calder and Flynn, but Calder also just isn’t my style.
on April 4th, 2018 at 1:51 pm
I LOVE the suggestion of Atlas & Orion!! Here are a few more…
Tiberius & Ignatius (Ty & Iggy)
Augustus & Caspian (Gus & Cass)
Cyrus & Theon (Cy & Theo)
Cato & Lucius
Roscoe & Leander
on April 4th, 2018 at 4:24 pm
Jasper and Felix would go so well together! But if he can’t love Felix, Jasper and Calloway or Sullivan get my vote. Can’t wait for the update when the boys arrive!
Evelyn Mae Said
on April 4th, 2018 at 5:19 pm
I have quads! Tow boys and two girls. The boys names are obviously the more helpful ones. I have Alexandros,Echo,Scarlett and Evangeline. They all have middle names as well: Alexandros Jax, Echo Maxton, Scarlett Elizabeth and Evangeline Rose. I think Alexandros would work. Maybe not Echo though. My DH picked Scarlett Elizabeth and Alexandros because they were family names for him. I hope that you like the suggestions of Alexandros and Echo.
on April 4th, 2018 at 7:09 pm
So exciting! What about Benedict and Desmond?
on April 4th, 2018 at 8:57 pm
I think Tallulah and Maximilian are FUN and quirky names… I suggest
Bonaventure nn Benno
Gideon nn Gill
Valentine nn Lenny
Birdie Largo Said
on April 5th, 2018 at 4:00 pm
@elizabethkt I second Augustus but I think the nn Gust is more unusual and would well fit too.
on April 6th, 2018 at 10:42 am
Augustus and Evander!
Nn’s Gus and Van would pair so well with Max! All three letters but different!
Tallulah, Maximilian, Augustus and Evander.
All the best!
on April 6th, 2018 at 2:40 pm
I feel like you might go for Nameberry’s Old Man Names List:
Old Man Names
Old man names like Max and Sam and Henry have been used for babies for so long now that they no longer sound like old man names. But don’t worry, there are plenty more where those came from. To qualify as a cool old man name, a name has to feel both classic and slightly moth-eaten, like the perfect vintage suit.
I have added a few more
Montgomery – Monty
Sidney – Sid
Theodore – so many nicknames
on April 9th, 2018 at 10:37 pm
Henrik & Otto
on April 10th, 2018 at 7:50 pm
You seem to like three syllable or more names that allow for short, obvious nicknames (at least in the case of your son). Here are some names that come to mind that may suit your requirements:
Calloway & Redmond/ Cal & Red- These names are longer names that allow for interesting nicknames. I suggest these since your son is Maximillian and that name in itself is a mouth full. Names i
Nikolai & Sebastian/ Niko & Seb/Bash-These nicknames, especially Bash, are fun nicknames that aren’t the most common. Neither of these names is overly common, though they are not unheard of either–a perfect blend.
Malachi & Theodore/ Chi (Kai) & Teddy/Theo- In this pairing you would keep with/create the M & T theme that you have at the moment. This pairing allows you to have common nicknames, like your sons, but rather uncommon (though Theodore is gaining popularity everyday) first names.
Felix & Channing/ Fox & Wolf- Now, here me out. Fox has been an acceptable name for Felix for years, so that should not come as a surprise, and since your husband isn’t sold on the name but liked Fox–well, this link might do the trick. Channing, on the other hand, means wolf cub. I believe that you mentioned liking wolf as well, so why not use it for a nickname? The reason I didn’t suggest Wolf alone was simply because it doesn’t allow for nicknames, and I wasn’t about to suggest Wolfgang.
So, here’s the thing. If you and your husband can’t decide on two names that you both absolutely love, then each of you could choose a first name and let the other choose the middle name to go with the first name that you chose. That would allow each of you to have something that you liked in the name.
I hope that you and your husband are able to find names that you can agree upon. Hopefully, I helped.
Congratulations on your twins! Good Luck on your naming journey!
on April 17th, 2018 at 3:27 am
I think Macellous “Mars” would fit well with his siblings!
Tallulah, Maximillian “Max”, Marcellous “Mars” & Hezekiah “Ki”
Tallulah, Maximillian “Max”, Rhett & Dominic
Tallulah, Maximillian “Max”, Bishop & Elijah “Eli”
Tallulah, Maximillian “Max”, Deangelo & Isaiah
Tallulah, Maximillian “Max”, Isaiah “Ike” & Evander
Tallulah, Maximillian “Max”, Quinton & Christofer “Tofer”
Tallulah, Maximillian “Max”, Tiger & Gentry
Tallulah, Maximillian “Max”, Gideon & Chandler
on July 15th, 2018 at 1:29 pm
Thank you so much everyone for all the suggestions! It really put some focus and fun in our naming conversations. There were so many good names and combos here!! The babies arrived last week and we named them Jasper & Wolf. We are all smitten ✨. Thanks again!!
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