Twin Girl Names Pack a Surprise
I need a bit of help as my baby naming duty just doubled! We are having twins – two girls.
For a long time, I’ve loved the name Primrose. Luckily, my partner agrees. The problem is that we can’t find a name we love as much for our other daughter. Primrose is whimsical and pretty. My partner likes the nickname Rosie.
I’m nervous the other name will always end up being second-best, and I want to love both names. Ideally, the names will go together without being matchy-matchy.
We both like traditional, British, Irish, and French names. Our list right now is:
Charlotte – very popular
Florence – the name of a close friend’s child
The Name Sage replies:
Primrose is gorgeous. I can see why naming her twin feels difficult. And yet, this isn’t just about dreaming up fresh options. It’s really about falling in love with a second choice – fast! That’s tough to do when you’ve spent months or years dreaming about a daughter called Primrose.
My best advice? Have confidence that you’ll love your daughters equally, even if one of the names is newer to your heart.
Now let’s work on finding that name.
I agree that your current list isn’t quite right. Maeve lacks a sweet nickname to match Rosie. Penelope and Charlotte might be too mainstream compared to the delightful surprise of Primrose. Florence could be perfect, but duplicating a friend’s name might be off-limits.
We’re looking for an uncommon name that feels light, even pretty. A great nickname helps. It shouldn’t be too frilly, and it must have traditional roots.
Ariadne – Penelope reminds me of so many other Greek girl names. I wonder if you’d like Ariadne? The mythological figure helped Theseus defeat the Minotaur, so there’s much to admire. Ariana comes from Ariadne, but I think the original has more oomph. It shortens to Ari, Addie, or maybe Andi, but I like Addie best with Rosie.
Cosima – Cosima feels British, even though it comes from the Greek kosmos – order – via Italian. It’s the source of our word cosmos, referring to the universe. I’d shorten it to Coco, but maybe Mimi is more your style?
Delphine – I love Primrose and Delphine together! Rosie and Della, maybe? Delphine is French, and it has the same known-but-underused quality as Primrose. It also brings to mind a flower – the spiky, colorful delphinium.
Maribel – Primrose comes from a Latin phrase meaning first rose – prima rosa. Maribel is a smoosh of Maria and Isabel. Both names feel layered, and I think that makes them compatible without being too matchy. Maribel could shorten to Mari, Mimi, Bella, or Belle. Rosie and Bella are my favorite combination.
Millicent – Millicent sounds delicate, but it comes from a Germanic name meaning “strong in work.” Primrose and Millicent are both familiar names that surprise and delight, and Rosie and Millie sound just like sisters.
Persephone – There’s no hard-and-fast rule about how much to match twins’ names. Primrose and Persephone sound like something out of a storybook. Whether that’s exactly right, or a little much, is up to you. Primroses are associated with spring, as is the goddess Persephone. I’d call her Persie for short.
Sybil – Tailored, feminine Sybil occupies the same space as Primrose – we all recognize the name, but it remains rare. You might shorten it to Sibby, as in Downton Abbey. Another option is boyish Billie.
Winifred – Winnie sounds like the perfect sister name for Rosie, and Winifred is the obvious formal version. But there’s also Gwendolyn – that’s the full name of Winnie Cooper from late 80s television series The Wonder Years – and Winter, though that might be too much with a spring-focused sister name like Primrose.
Much as I love the sound of Primrose and Delphine, I think the key is matching the formal names and the nicknames. That pushes me towards Juniper “Junie” or Millicent “Millie.” But I know there are many more options, so let’s turn it over the to the readers.
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on March 18th, 2020 at 6:16 am
It’s unfortunate that Florence is taken; it works so well with Primrose! In saying that, I think both Juniper and Delphine fit just as well. Rosie and June/Juni or Rosie and Della are just gorgeous. I also love the suggestion of Maribel. Some others that come to mind are:
on March 18th, 2020 at 9:28 am
If they like Florence but it’s already “taken,” what about Flora? It’s super close to Florence, and has a floral meaning to match Primrose. Otherwise, I think Delphine and Juniper are both great choices! I particularly like Juno as a nn for Juniper–Rosie and Juno sound like a nice sibset to me.
on March 18th, 2020 at 10:23 am
Delphine and Millicent sound perfect with Primrose! I think I’m pulling just a bit more for Delphine because of the flower connection. But I do love Rosie & Millie together.
As far as other options go, I second the suggestion of Marigold. I’m also liking the sound of Adelaide or Adeline with Primrose — Rosie & Addie would be darling sisters.
Pamela Redmond Said
on March 18th, 2020 at 10:46 am
I like the Greek name idea so how about Kassiani or Cassiane, two authentic spellings of an unusual ancient Greek name meaning cinnamon? It coordinates with the nature theme without being too cutesy. Plus the nickname could be Kass or Cassie, which goes well with Rosie. Look up its musical meaning — so interesting.
Along similar lines are Acacia or Kassia.
Another idea is the Cornish Elowen, which means elm and can be shortened to Ellie or Winnie.
I adore Primrose. It’s a sweet but bold choice so I think you need to be as adventurous for the second name. So exciting!
on March 18th, 2020 at 3:43 pm
I like Primrose and….
Sybil, Sybilla…..Rosie and Sybie
Seraphina….Rosie and Sera
Theodora…..Rosie and Teddie
Mariel, Marielle….Rosie and Mari or Elle, Ellie
Gwendolyn…..Rosie and Gwen
Antonia……Rosie and Annie
Linnea….Rosie and Nea or Linny, Lin
Delilah….Rosie and Lilah
Marigold…..Rosie and Goldie or Mari
on March 18th, 2020 at 4:43 pm
I really like the previous suggestion of Ophelia. Primrose & Ophelia go so nicely together. I also love Penelope & Primrose as a twin set 🙂
Primrose & Olivine (Rosie & Olive <3)
Primrose & Daphne (Rosie & Daphne)
Primrose & Esmeralda (Rosie & Esme)
Primrose & Cordelia (Rosie & Delia)
Primrose & Evelina (Rosie & Evie)
Emma Waterhouse Said
on March 18th, 2020 at 5:31 pm
Primrose and Delphine would be wonderful! How about Delphi for short? My lovely cousin has this name and I think it’s all kinds of fabulous!
I also think Daphne, Elowen, Matilda, Tabitha, Tallulah, Delilah and Clementine would all be fabulous with Primrose. I think I’d steer clear of another floral name, personally, especially for twins, but that’s just personal preference.
Primrose “Rosie” and…
Cecile or Cecily “Cece”
Annabel or Anais “Annie”
Guinevere “Gwen” or “Ginny”
Verity or Vivienne “Vivi”
Imogen “Immy” or “Idgie”
Harriet “Hattie” or “Hettie”
Arrietty “Etty” (I actually know one of these!)
Jemima “Jem” or “Mimi”
Susannah “Sukie” or “Zuzu”
Very best of luck!
on March 18th, 2020 at 10:07 pm
Allegra…..Rosie and Allie
Dorothea…..Rosie and Dora, Thea, Dorothy
Theodora…….Rosie and Thea, Dora
on March 18th, 2020 at 10:54 pm
I love the name Primrose. I have a baby called Juniper who we call ‘Juni’ so I’m a little swayed! It is getting more popular though! Florence is VERY popular now and it sounds off limits.
Can I suggest Winsome? I’ve only heard it once and it has stayed with me. You could call her ‘Winnie’.
I also love the suggestions of Ophelia and Delphine.
on March 19th, 2020 at 1:29 am
I prefer Mirabelle over Maribel a tiny bit :P.
It has a variety of nicknames: Belle, Mira, Miri, Mimi, Millie, Mel…
on March 19th, 2020 at 8:36 pm
Pam’s suggestions are great! My sister in law’s name is Kasienka. She went by Kassie when she was younger and now she goes by Kass. I love Primose and Elowen together!
on March 20th, 2020 at 2:43 pm
When I saw Primrose need a twin name I immediately thought of Persephone, I prefer the nickname of Sephie (pronounced like Stephie but with out the t) though, it is also tied to spring through mythology (Persephone brought the change of seasons with her return from the underworld) and I am a sucker for twins sharing initials. That said not everyone is and I also love Juniper “Junie”, Delphine “Della” or “Fee/Fi” and Mirabel “Bella”, though like others have mentioned I prefer the spelling Mirabelle. It is a shame that Florence “Flora” seems off limits because I think it would otherwise be my second choice after Persephone. Maybe just Flora, no nickname could work or Francesca “Frannie” or “Frankie”?
I also like Magnolia “Maggie”, Marigold “Goldie”, Theodora “Teddy” and Winsome “Winnie”. I feel like another floral or word name might be an excellent fit here. Something longer with sweet nickname options.
Regardless, I wish you well with your two new daughters.
on March 20th, 2020 at 10:15 pm
I love the name Primrose! It’s so beautiful. I’m sure you will find the perfect name for Primrose’s twin sister. What about…
on March 22nd, 2020 at 1:20 pm
Seconding the suggestions of Mirabelle, Tabitha, and Beatrice–Rosie and Belle/Miri, Tibby, or Bea. They have a similar English, girly feel. I also like Juniper and Winifred from Abby’s list.
Amabel nn Belle
Apolline nn Polly
Cornelia nn Neely
Elspeth nn Elsie
on March 22nd, 2020 at 9:31 pm
I think Primrose “Rosie” and Marigold “Goldie” are so cute together!
on March 26th, 2020 at 9:43 pm
I like Primrose “Rosie” and Juniper “Juno”.
I’d also suggest Cecily “Cece”. I’m suggesting Cecily over Cecilia because of popularity, and I just think it pairs nicely with Primrose.
– Cassia & Elowen – Pam’s suggestions that I thought were excellent!
– Cressida “Cressie” or “Sisi”. I think this pairs super nicely with Primrose.
– Euphemia or Seraphina “Effie” – Rosie and Effie is super cute! Could Effie also be a nickname for Delphine?
– Magnolia “Nola”
– Hermione “Mimi” or “Minnie” – Are Hermione & Primrose too literary together? I don’t think so!
– Minerva “Minnie” – Speaking of literary!
– Evangeline “Eva”, “Evie”, “Angel”, “Ellie” – so many nickname options!
– Philippa “Pippa” – I love Pippa! And I think Rosie & Pippa would be super sweet!
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