Category: matchy-matchy names
Here in the US, some of the most popular twin sets include names like Matthew & Michael, Daniel & David, Hailey & Hannah or Ella & Emma. Yet others are even matchier such as Lillian and Jillian, Bryan & Ryan or Jesse & Jessica. While there isn’t technically anything wrong with matching names together like this, there are plenty of ways to be more creative when naming twin while still allowing them to have their own identities.
I’ve come up with three ways to help parents make sure their twins won’t have overly matchy names. We will examine twin names that are linked together by meaning while still being different from one another, names that sound very different but still work together stylistically, and names that share a common sound without rhyming or being too sound-alike.
Question of the week: How do you feel about alliterative names?
At one time, movie marquees were packed with alliterative names, from Greta Garbo and Greer Garson to Roy Rogers and Ronald Reagan to Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe (shown above when she was still Norma Jean)—a style of (often invented) names that has pretty much moved off the screen, except for the occasional Vince Vaughn or January Jones.
So—what do you think of double-dip initials: memorable or gimmicky?
Would you use an alliterative baby name?
Would you break it up with a differently initialed middle?
And—taking it a little farther afield, would you give twins same-initial (aka matchy-matchy) names?
(You can follow a discussion of alliterative baby names on our message boards.)