SOS: Help name this Berry’s imminent girl twins asap!

By Hannah Young

I am name obsessed. When I am reading at bedtime to my eight-year old son, I will pause as we encounter new characters, “Hmm … Polly, that’s a good name isn’t it?” before he puts his fingers in his ears and begs for mercy, “Stop the naming madness, Mummy!”

I scan the credits of every TV show, hoping for divine inspiration.

My own mother taunts me; “You have been making lists of names since you could write and you can’t even chose a name for your own daughter. But I don’t like Ruby, dogs are called Ruby, the stupidest person I know has a granddaughter called Ruby, I don’t want a granddaughter called Ruby.”

I am due with non-identical twin girls in about four weeks time. My partner and I agreed we’d name a baby each. He has chosen his name – Leonora Mary.

Family and friends all seem to have grudgingly accepted Leonora. I don’t mind Leonora, it’s distinguished, but I HATE NORA. In the UK there is a cockney expression “Bleeding Nora!” or “Bloody Nora!” which is an exclamation of horror. There also a long-standing sitcom character called Nora Batty, a wrinkly old lady harridan whose pantyhose are always falling down round her ankles.  Can I imagine calling “Leonora!” up the stairs at dinner time? Whatever I do, the emphasis always ends up on the Nora bit which is the bit I don’t like. Also Lenore is a kind of fabric softener in the UK. I really don’t like the name Nora. I know Nameberry likes it. I just don’t. But maybe I like it better than the alternative, which after Leonora sounds a bit bland.

The Baby A alternative to Leonora is Mary Frieda.  Mary and Frieda are the names of his grandmothers, Leonora would be after the surrealist painter Leonora Carrington. My partner is a gallerist and he flew to Mexico especially to meet Leonora Carrington when she was very elderly, having always admired her work, so it is meaningful to him.

Things are now heating up. My partner has said if I let him have the surname he will buy me a new car (a Mini Countryman Estate) and if I let him choose both twins’ first names and have his surname, I can have a new car, a holiday in Japan and £1000 spending money. I didn’t think he could afford these things, so that is interesting. My best friend has wisely suggested I hold out for naming both twins myself AND the car and holiday. She also won’t talk to me unless I call the baby RubyRose. It’s like the best/worst gameshow ever.

But my partner won’t discuss names with me at all anymore. If I say “Gwen?” he says “That’s nice dear” so I say “what about Booger” and he says “that is lovely dear.”

I may be on the brink of madness.

Please help me name Baby B! Also which Baby A name is best?

So these are the parameters:

Has to be a full name not a nn, so always Elizabeth, never Eliza, Margaret, not Daisy. I am quite old school. Only exception is Greta for Margaret.

Would be nice if it went with my eldest son’s name Soren Sebastian F-Y

Surname is hyphenated B-Y (2 syllables, 1 syllable)

Baby A will either be called

Leonora Mary Louise


Mary Frieda

I would prefer initials didn’t match but will allow Leonora and Lily.

Would you like to see my shortlist?

Phoebe (Bee)                           (Number 28 UK)

Josephine (Posy/Jojo)            (Not in top 100 UK, my Mother is called Joanne so is                                             a way of honouring her)

Elizabeth (Bess)                      (Number 38 in UK)

Rose                                        (Number 78 in UK)

Rosalie                                    (I love this name)

RubyRose                              (baby’s godmother-to-be is wild about this name)

Perdita                                     (partner likes but meaning a bit sad – not in top 100)

Lily                                         (I love this name but is Number 5 most common name in UK, we could always use Lily as a nn for Elizabeth or nn for Leonora)

Petra                                        (Downside – we have a friend called Petra that my partner always calls Dagmar by mistake – was my absolutely certain name before I fell pregnant)

Martha                                    (suddenly love this name out of the blue – is <umber 77 in UK)

Magdalene (Maggie)

Astrid (Sassa)                         (Upside – goes well with Soren, downside– has the word “ass” in it! Only my generation likes it – the oldies hate it and partner not a fan. Love the nn Sassa)

Greta                                       (very old and much-loved family friend, would go well with Soren – friends like it but no one else does including Mother-in-Law!)

Names we can’t use – friends’ children or ex-girlfriends:

















If Baby A is called Mary we cannot use Maude, Magdalene, Martha, Rose or Elizabeth for Baby B.

Family names:








Guilty Pleasures:

Aglaia (Upside – partner has Russian heritage so we could get away with this. My mother and friends like it. Downside – have had the experience with Soren of always having to explain a name: is that something I want to do again?)

Agatha – I obviously really like the “ag” sound.

Chiara and Clara guilty because partner doesn’t like.

Grace, Scarlett and Ruby – guilty because too common!

So get to work, Berries, and send your suggestions NOW!

Hannah Young is a half-American half-British nameaholic whose default mode is going through the alphabet choosing favourite names letter by letter.

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dalb Says:

May 25th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

I prefer Leonora of the two names for Baby A – and think Lenny is a gorgeous little NN on a girl, akin to Frankie or Charlie in the spunky unisex NN for flowing longer FN category.

My youngest girl has Rosaline as a MN – might suit your style too. Her first name is Annika which I think would suit Soren well.

For some reason, Leonora and Helena is jumping out as a sibset – or maybe Helen or Helene.

Love Astrid and Greta from the existing list. Both of which my DP has strongly vetoed.

Harriet or Claudia or Celeste or Veronica as other options?

daninurse Says:

May 25th, 2014 at 11:22 pm

I like Leonora for baby A 🙂 Lots of nicknames and just a sweet little name.

For baby B I like Rosalie and Greta!

dalb Says:

May 25th, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Oh, and also, Ruby Rose is a prominent celebrity here in Australia – quite a controversial one too. I can’t hear that combination without thinking of her. It also combines a top 5 FN with a MN that’s literally everywhere so you hear that combination a lot.

Of all the names on your list, that’s the one I would ditch first. The Godmother shouldn’t really get deciding say.

mill1020 Says:

May 25th, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Assuming Baby A is Leonora Mary (which is gorgeous), my favorite for Baby B is Josephine Laura. Full disclosure: my first name is Laura! Best of luck and congratulations.

scribe Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 12:26 am

Leonora Mary Louise is my favorite for Baby A.
Names I like best for Baby B are: Josephine, Rosalie, and Greta for first names. Perhaps Josephine Lily? Greta Rose Elizabeth? Rosalie Astrid Lily?

AprilRobin Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 1:19 am

Leonora Mary Louise for baby A

Greta Rosalie or Astrid Elizabeth for baby B

megank4 Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 2:21 am

Seriously? What kind of partnership is this where the babies first and last names are up for bribes and bargaining? I think the poster needs to rethink the priorities. What will her kids think when they find out their mother traded their names for a car?

Lee1981 Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 3:29 am


Soren Sebastian

Leonora Mary Louise nn Lily

Rosalie Martha Jane nn Rosie

(Rosalie is a non-GP you love, Mary & Martha in the 2nd spot acknowledge their close bond as sisters without being too obvious, & Jane honors Sarah-Jane)

Good luck!

tori101 Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 4:32 am


My favourite is Leonora Mary Louise which is gorgeous and my favourite nickname is Lenny (suggested above) I think it’s a gorgeous combination. I’m a Brit (from South East London) and even though I have moved out of London I really think your putting too much emphasis on the expression ‘bleeding nora’ haha it really isn’t used that much. But I agree with you I hate Nora as well. So I think Lenny is a great alternative.

For the baby B I would choose Rosalie as the first name – it’s one of my favourite girl’s names – and I think she works stunningly well with Leonora & Soren. I think Rosalie Martha Elizabeth. I love the Martha and Mary tie along and Elizabeth just seems to finish the combination elegantly. Rosalie Martha Elizabeth sounds lovely.

Good luck!!

rosierose Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 4:44 am

Aha! I have a nickname solution for Leonora:


It’s a popular German/Austrian/Swiss name, considered sweetly old-fashioned, and is pronounced LEE-oh-nee.

I share your loathing of Nora, but I love Leonie, and I hope you consider Leonie for nickname purposes!

LavenderBelle Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 6:40 am

I’m not a fan of Leonora so I would pick Mary. I don’t really care for Frieda so…
My Pick for Baby A would be
Mary Leonora
Mary Leonora Louise

Sibling Options (I gave some other suggestions)
Mary Leonora and Rosalie Jane
Mary Leonora and Anna Josephine
Mary Frieda and Lena Astrid
Mary Frieda and Sara Phoebe
Mary Frieda and Susannah Ruby
Mary Frieda and Lila Magdalene
Leonora Mary Louise and Rosalie Petra Jane
Leonora Mary Louise and Greta Elizabeth Jane
Leonora Mary Louise and Josephine Sarah Lily
Leonora Mary Louise and Phoebe Martha Rose
Mary Leonora Louise and Rosalie Petra Jane
Mary Leonora Louise and Anna Rosalie Maude
Mary Leonora Louise and Lena Astrid Rose
Mary Leonora Louise and Sara Phoebe Rose
Mary Leonora Louise and Lila Magdalene Rose
Mary Leonora Louise and Susannah Ruby Jane

epowell Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 8:17 am

Leonora Mary Louise & Coralie Elizabeth Jane. Or just Leonora Louise and Coralie Jane. I feel that if one has three names they both need three names but I prefer just two so my second suggestion is my fav.

OpheliaFlora Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 9:21 am

I simply adore Leonora ‘Lily’ and Rosalie ‘Rose’.
They would make amazing sisters, add Soren and you’ve got a perfect sibset.
I like how all three names would have an “o” in them, are internationally used and not too popular.

I wouldn’t give one twin more names than the other, I find it quite “unfair” with siblings but even more so with twins.

Illabeth Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 9:41 am

Leonora Mary Louise for Baby A. I love Louise!, and also share your dislike of Nora, but there is always Lenny, Leonie, Lily or Leo for nick names.

From your list I’d go with Rosalie, such a beautiful name and works so well with Leonora (especially if you go with Lily for a nn). I agree that she would need three names, or the poor thing would be the odd one out.

I like Rosalie Josephine Grace, although it may end up being a bit of a mouthful…especially with your surname.

Rosalie Laura Elizabeth
Rosalie Martha Josephine (I also like Josephine Martha Grace)
Rosalie Petra Coralie

SparkleNinja18 Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 10:16 am

Leonora Mary Louise is gorgeous! I had a teacher with a daughter named Leonora and they called her Nori which I think is cute. I love Rosalie Martha Grace for baby B! The nicknames Rose and Rosie would be so cute and would also include half of your friend’s favorite name, Ruby-Rose. GL! Tell us what you pick!

spotlightstarlit Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 10:20 am

I’m so sorry to hear about those negative-Nora associations across the pond! Though I cannot claim to love Nora I am mad about all leonine names. I also think your partner has brilly taste- Leonora Mary Louise, after an artist whose work has inspired him so greatly- will be a perfect bedtime story for your little girl.

I would suggest Lea, Leonie, Norie, Leni, Lee or Lena as a nn for Baby A- all names are Nora free!

I don’t quite get why Rose and Mary together are no-goes, because I believe Rose Ruby Lastname-Lastname are perfect.

You’ve carried your girls, and your son, for months, and are going to give them life. Any push presents should be just that. One day your daughters will adore the fact that each of you gave your own inspirations to their names and that they share both your last names.

If you absolutely cannot have Rose with Mary in the middle then I think this name is the best for Baby B:

Josephine Rosalie Maude “Posy or Josie or Jojo”

britkarma Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 10:28 am

Congrats on the girls. Although I despair hearing and using many of these names, just not my style, I’d love to help? I like name Leonora much much more than Mary. It has more room for everything, and anything. It’s not as simple and plain. And if it helps, I have known at least a few Nora’s, they are young, feminine, petite girls and young women. I don’t see a correlation with that name and anyone or anything bad. It’s pretty, I however think Leo would be the perfect little girls nickname.

That said, I’d probably pick the car at this point lol.

Ok I do like the name Rosalie. My best friend growing up was named that, it’s a cute name. And it totally goes with Leonora in the almost perfect way!! I hope you chose that for your daughter. Maybe Rosalie Vivienne, or Rosalie Alison, or Rosalie Petra. Good luck and congrats!

britkarma Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 10:30 am

Oh and yes, Leonora, I am really starting to like/love that name thinking of how beautiful it sounds and the nickname chose of Lenny. Perfect girls names, little Lenny’s! Leonora and Rosalie! Lol, have fun deciding!

senseandsensibility Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 10:41 am

My favourite name for your Baby A is Leonora Mary Louise. Cut the -onor- part and you’ll get sweet, lovely Lea (Lia, Leah) nickname. Lenny and Lily are also nice nn’s.
My favourite choice for Baby B would be Astrid. I love this name in sibset with Leonora and Soren. I agree with others that Rosalie is a great name, although my personal choice would rather be Primrose. Other variation of the popular Rose would be Rose+Mary, so Rosemary.
From your list, I love Petra, Josephine (Posy), Maude and Jane. I also like the suggestion of Helena – sounds like a nice sibset match.

1. Leonora Mary Louise and Astrid Primrose Jane

2. Leonora Mary Louise and Petra Rosalie Jane
3. Leonora Rosemary Louise and Astrid Josephine Maude
4. Leonora Mary Louise and Rosalie Martha Jane

hope I helped a little, good luck with it and let us berries know what you decided when the babies are born!
Greetings from the capital,

ajt Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 10:45 am

Mary/Leonora and…
Katharine(NN Kat, Kate or Katie)
Natalie(NN Nat)

novelist_ Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 10:52 am

I think that Leonora is a really great name and that Mary accompanies it quite well. As stated above by someone else, there are a lot of really nice nicknames like Norie, Lea, and Lena. Onto the next topic here, haha, Josephine Martha is a really cool name as well as Perdita Rose or Elizabeth Pheobe. Rosalie Astrid/Astrid Rosalie/Astrid Elizabeth are nice. 🙂

novelist_ Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 10:52 am

*Elizabeth. :p Sorry.

marypoppins Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 11:35 am

Out of the two options for Baby A I prefer Leonora – with Lenny as my fave out of the suggested nicknames. It’s cute and gets round Nora.

From your short list, I like Josephine or Perdita best with Leonora. Definitely something equally long.

If Baby A is Mary, then I’d go with something equally short. My faves from your short list are Greta and Rose.

lesliemarion Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Perdita is my favorite and I like Magdalene too.

lazaretto Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

If baby is named Leonora, she inevitably will be called Nora. If you can’t deal with the possibility, scrap it & move on. It’s a waste of time to agonize over a name with an obvious nickname you hate. Soren & Leonora….all I can hear is the “or” sound. The other name will stick out, unless you’re doing another “or” sound (Orla, Portia, Florence, etc.)

I wouldn’t get too hung up on popularity. If there’s a name you really love, use it. I’ve never heard anyone say they were traumatized for life because their name was too common. Those of us with less popular names generally grow up wishing our name was more common, so that people would know how to say and/or spell it.

2262 Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Leonora Mary Louise
Belladonna Lyn Coralie


Mary Frieda
Betony Sarah-Jane

CharacterNamer Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

I would chose Leonora for baby A- You could call her Leonie, which is a very lovely and adorable nickname. I’m not a fan of Mary, at all.

For baby B, I love Magdalene- Leonora and Magdalene are lovely by themselves and together, and both work well with Soren. Maggie and Leonie are also great together and are different enough that they wouldn’t get confused.

Good luck!

LynnF Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I like Mary Frieda mainly because of the artist Frieda.

I also love Josephine Rose because of your mother. Petra is another of my favorite names.

Llumeneres Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Love love love Leonora Mary. I would say go with that and Magdalene, Rosamund or Josephine- something longish, but with a different ending than Leonora.

hannahloulou Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Thank you everyone. This is great, keep it coming please.
Rosalie Martha Jane is very appealing. I love the idea of linking the middle spots with Mary and Martha.
There is always the temptation to revert to my first instinctive choice of Josephine to go with Leonora.
Leonora does feel more special than Mary. I would love Mary as a first name for a singleton baby girl but somehow once it gets added to a twin mix it makes everything else sound either plain or too frilly. Frieda is just not my style although it would suit Scandinavian sibset with Soren.
So I’ll nudge the darling man back to Leonora again.
Leonora & Rosalie
Leonora & Josephine or or or or or?! I still have a couple of weeks to change my mind.
Like @OpheliaFlora says, with Leonora & Rosalie I get Lily & Rose or Leonora & Jospehine I can have Lily & Posy so I get some super-popular guilty pleasure action in my nicknames. Excellent.
By the way, I love the names Ophelia and Flora too.
Why or why are there so many pretty names and yet when it comes to the crunch there aren’t any I want to use? Maybe my mother is right amnd I am just chicken.
The Louise part is my grandmother which I have snuck into his name so that I get more naming spots. Which is why there are too many names for each child. The solution would be to drop one of the surnames.
When I was growing up my best friend’s mother was Rosalie and she was the sunniest warmest woman I have ever known. Always laughing, very kind, like a jolly farmer’s wife. I have loved the name since then.
We have taken in a family of baby jackdaws that have fallen out of their nest and this is satisfying some naming urges – the girl jackdaws will be Perdita and Petra. Much, much, much easier than naming babies.
Please keep suggestions coming. New names pop up all the time and suddenly they seem like “the one”. Martha has come out of the blue for me. Thanks again Berries, Hannah x

athena95 Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Leonora and Josephine are gorgeous sibsets! My cousin in the Netherlands just had a baby girl named Josephine and I think it is such a vintage gem! Love the nn Posy as well.

EmmaF Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

I love Leonora! If the choice is between Lily and Rose and Lily and Posy, I would much rather choose Lily and Rose unless Posy is only used as an affectionate name within the family. For twins I know it is a struggle to make yourself a person apart from your twin, and similar/sort-of rhyming names make this difficult.
That said, I love Leonora and Josephine as full versions, but maybe because I lean towards less frilly names.
Also, it seems kind of unfair to give Lily a name that can fit a woman of any age but Posy a name that seems childish.

EmmaF Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

A solution might be to use Posy as an affectionate name within the home (e.g. honey, sweetheart) and either call her Josephine outside or give her a more grown-up nickname, like Josie or Josy or Jo, to use in school and with friends. That said, I don’t think it’s an issue really if you call her Posy. She can always decide to go by something else, and you get to use a name you really love.

silverr Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

I vote Leonora and Greta!

Pam Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

I disagree that a Leonora will inevitably be called Nora. I am also a bit confused about the nickname situation — you say you don’t like nicknames yet you give possible nicknames for a lot of your favorites i.e. Josephine/Posy or Magdalene/Maggie. I love Posy for Josephine….but I also love just Josephine.

I definitely like Leonora better than Mary and if you are going for Leonora and insisting she be called Leonora, I think her twin needs an equally august name WITHOUT a nickname.




Am I further confusing things?

lovelynames Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 9:06 pm

I like Leonora Mary Louise for baby A especially since it is so meaningful for him. Maybe use nn Leni or Leonie?!? (so cute!) For baby B:

Phoebe Jane Cosette
Gemma Magdalene
Dahlia-nn Dolly
Coralie Ruby Rose
Josephine Belle- I LOVE the nn Posy!!!

Just imagine: Leonie/Bee, Leni/Dolly, Leonie/Posy- my fave!!!!!

Good luck and let us know your choice!

Giinkies Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Leonora Mary Louise is a lovely way to get the nickname Lily. The double L’s in the name open the path to the nickname Lily.

For Baby B I like:
1) Ruby-Rose, I feel like adding the Rose to the name will distinguish her from the other Ruby’s out there. Also, Lily and Ruby-Rose are nice matchy nicknames that aren’t OTT as Lily won’t be on the birth certificate.
2) Rosalie, I have this on my list as well so I am biased.
3) Josephine nn Posy, Josephine and Leonora are both classic names and Posy and Lily will be cute and matchy nicknames.
4) Rebecca. How about Rebecca nn Ruby. That way you have a nickname you love with a classic name? Also as Ruby isn’t on the birth certificate she won’t have too common a name.

Also, if you want a spin on Leonora, may I suggest Elenora? I’ll also suggest Eloisa but that name is much further away from Leonora.

Giinkies Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Maybe even Rebecca Rosalie with the nickname Ruby-Rose?

Tootsiemama Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I realize your partner has made a decision, but when reading your story, I couldn’t help thinking Carrington would be a great first name for one of these little ladies….

I am in the middle of my own name crisis, so I am sorry for adding to your options. I really love it!

Tootsiemama Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I realize your partner has made a decision, but when reading your story, I couldn’t help thinking Carrington would be a great first name for one of these little ladies….

I am in the middle of my own name crisis, so I am sorry for adding to your options. I really love it!

ahh_ Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 12:49 am

Rosalie Joan (instead of Josephine to honor the mother Joanne)

_Magnolia_ Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 1:37 am

I like these two combinations the best:
1. Mary and Rose
2. Leonora and Rosalie (Lennie and Rosie are so cute)

rworthman Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 6:56 am

Might I suggest that baby B become Leonora? It’s a bit hard to say after Soren, is why I suggest, but I love it over Mary. Although if you use a nn, Lennie is cute, or I could see Lily. I’m agree with pp about Carrington, maybe Carrington Louise? My vote for the other twin to be Josephine. So classic, so many literary connections, optional nn, it’s lovely. Or AGATHA, a guilty-pleasure name of my own! Agatha Elizabeth?

BTW, I was a surprise fraternal twin, and my dad named me..I’ve always liked that story, esp. because my sis (first) wore the incredibly overused Jennifer. So it might not be selling out if you go for the trip–it could be giving them a special name story! just saying 😉

mermuse Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 7:57 am

I really like Leonora. I would use Greta or Perdita with it. Greta is lovely, and I don’t think you should care what anyone but you and your partner think of the names! Best!

AverellaDavina Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 8:14 am

To me Greta feels perfect with both Leonora, and Mary too, so Greta gets my vote. Rosalie would be my second choice but imo it doesn’t go as well with Soren and Leonora as Greta does.

chellemma1 Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 9:02 am

I like Mary Freida fro baby A. Leonora just seems a bit overly fussy to me – I much prefer simple names and Mary seems like a great choice to me.

Out of your list for baby B my favourite is Martha however I understand that it doesn’t work with Mary and I don’t really think it goes to well with Leonora either, which is a shame.

So, my pick for baby B would be Josephine – It’s not my favourite of the bunch but I think it would go well with either Mary or Leonora. Also as nicknames I think Lenny (Leonora) and Jo (Josephine) are really cute for sisters.

DinosaursRoar Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 10:25 am

First off congratulations on your twins!
I think you should definitly name them together or at least each be happy with both names. Definitely hyphenate the last name , your older child’s last name is hyphenated and they should have both of your last names as they are both of yours.
Just what I think, you can do as you like obviously 😉
As far as naming goes… Your partners choices for them you say are
Leonora Mary Louise
Mary Frieda

I think both are lovely names,

I think leonora is very pretty and could be Lea for short, a woman I know had a grand daughter Lea who is so beautiful. If you go with the first option
Leonora Mary Louise
I would name twin B
Elisabeth Alice Petra
Keeps the same number of names and syllables and I think they go nicely together, for short they could be
Lea & Liza
I think I love that
For the other name option
Mary Frieda
I would go with
Petra Lily
You get your first choice & baby As first name ends in y and second in a and the other way around for baby B and they have the same number of names and syllables still without being two ‘twinny’
Hope everything goes well and babies are named smoothly either way seems lovely maybe discuss with partner which way is nicer from is point of view and work it out together. Practice saying them out loud and see what your more comfirtabld saying every day for the rest if your life . These names will be knit to these children forever.
As you going with Soren his name is 2 syllables and he only has 2 names so I would say that Mary and Petra are the best fit for that but if they were Lea & Liza that’s shorter. Anyway I think you’ll be just fine and the children will be named lovely. Like had 2 names chosen for my children since I was about 17 and my husband said they were great and we went with them and I told him he could name the next of one gender and I had another partial name picked out which is now put together to be the next of the other gender… Should we have more children… Naming is always a process and requires a lot of decisions and compromise and discussion and most of all LOVE 🙂

rkrd Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Alianora (Ali or Lia) Marie-Louise


Alexandra (Sasha) Ruby Rose

Canne2006 Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Take the car and the trip 🙂

1) Your partner has reasonably good taste — if he had put Apple Goldielocks on the table (or something like that), I’d insist that you hold your ground. But, he has classic names in mind, and with sentimental connections. Bless his heart.
2) You’ll love those girls no matter what! A rose is a rose . . . and, nicknames don’t need to be derivatives of full names. Call your Leonora “Sassy” or “Birdie” or “Cricket” — whatever fits.
3) Definitely DO NOT retain your naming rights just to hand them off to your friend, who doesn’t even have a name you like in mind. If you’re going to let someone else name your kids, might as well get some prezzies!


My votes are for Josephine and Rosalie! Such beautiful, feminine, classic names!

Others to consider that I don’t see on here:

Kiersten (or Kirsten)
Berit (nn Bibi or Bebe) — I LIKE THIS ONE A LOT . . . same feel as Astrid, but with out the @$$?

And finally, a story:

My first boss was Japanese, an identical twin, and in her mid-50’s. Her parents had practiced Shinto devoutly — in that faith, a priest gives babies their names upon their first trip to the temple. My boss got the name “Helga” (her sister was Elaine).

Anyways . . . I know you like Scandinavian names . . . so if you can’t pick just one, maybe defer to a Shinto priest?

Good luck!

Entangler Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Well, I personally adore Leonora and infinitely prefer it to Mary. However, (and I apologize if I’m throwing a wrench in the mix) I think Leonora and older brother Soren’s names are far too similar in sound. For baby b. I love Rosalie and Magdalene but I do have reservations about using leonora and Soren together.

chi1127 Says:

May 31st, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Leonora Mary Louise and Rosalie Astrid Lily! 🙂

hannahloulou Says:

June 1st, 2014 at 6:33 am

@Entangler I’m not sure how you are pronouncing Soren. In the UK we say Soren like Sawren (sort of! I can’t quite find the right phonetic way to show it! Maybe Sò-ren?) but I do come across Americans who pronounce is Sore-en like the word “sore”. I can see that pronounced that way it may bear a resemblance to Leonora but not the way we say it. Of course neither way is anywhere near how the Danes actually say Søren which sounds a bit like the French for sister “soeur” and “en”.
My mother’s family was from the south and they used to make my name sound almost like “Hyena” they would use so many diphthongs and New York friends of my parents would always call me Haaaaaaaannah with a very long a. My best friends going up were called Sasha and Katya – we used a short a for all these names but Americans can’t seem to resist the long a – I always thought that this was maybe how they thought we sounded in Britain? Haaaaannah, Saaaaaaashaaaaa and Kaaaaatya.

hannahloulou Says:

June 1st, 2014 at 6:37 am

By the way it’s now between Rosalie, Josephine and Phoebe. Partner likes Josephine and Phoebe best of the choices.
I am loving the middle name combo of Martha Jane.
I think Leonora Mary Louise is fixed now no at least we know what we are working with.

librarybooks Says:

June 2nd, 2014 at 1:21 am

This post is a joke, right? It must be.

hannahloulou Says:

June 3rd, 2014 at 4:47 am

This post is meant to be humorous, yes. Obviously I would go for a Rolls Royce and £20,000 and not settle for a Mini.

ciottolo Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 3:44 am

Leo came to mind as a nickname for Leonora (which is just beautiful and perfect), but Ora would also work – as for the other twin, I think Phoebe is quite popular compared to Leonora (I live in England), and Rosalie, while beautiful (it is on my long list!), sounds slightly nickname-y in comparison. Josephine Martha Jane and Leonora Mary Louise are absolutely gorgeous together, with matching flower nicknames. Good luck – you can’t go wrong with such lovely names, though!

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