Category: twin baby names
By Sophie Kihm
We’re only two months into 2017, and already we have been blessed with the two best pregnancy announcements of the year (dare I say decade?). Yes, both Beyoncé and Amal Clooney are pregnant. Better yet—they’re each having twins. The Carters and Clooneys are American royalty, and these will be treated as regal pregnancies. So start placing your bets! What are the odds of a Queen Carter or Warren Clooney (500/1? 2500/1?)? I’m not quite sure, but I am confident that whatever the names of these noble children, they will make international headlines.
Naming twins offers double the opportunity to use your favorite names, but it also multiplies the potential challenges. Rhyming pairs like Stacey and Tracey, Phil and Bill are (hopefully) a thing of the past. Instead, parents should seek to balance both names, creating a harmonious pair. After all, that’s exactly what most parents would wish for the twins themselves!
It was early April in 2014 when my husband, Rick, and I learned we were pregnant. After a long struggle with infertility, we were stunned, cautious, and absolutely thrilled. My husband immediately got busy turning the home office into a nursery; I immediately got busy searching for the perfect name. As an academic who spent years studying naming practices, I was excited to finally put my research skills to personal use. And when I later learned that I was expecting twins – a boy and a girl to boot – I felt like I hit the onomastic jackpot. Choosing the perfect names for our little girl and our little boy became a top priority during the pregnancy.
A double delivery surprise means four finalist names! If their twins are boys, they’re all set. But when it comes to girls’ 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 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:
Back when I found out I was pregnant with twin girls, I read twin parenting books, asked adult twins what life was like for them (did they hate matchy matchy outfits?), went to an Expecting Twins prenatal and spent weeks trying to find the perfect baby names for twins. But nothing really prepared me for the reality of babies times two. While my husband was stoked to someday dress our girls as The Shining twins for Halloween, we were blissfully unaware of how much our lives were going to radically and wonderfully change 180 degrees.
To answer the questions that many people ask me ALWAYS: 1) Twins don’t run in our family; 2) My pregnancy was “all-natural,” as if IVF treatments aren’t also a natural way to conceive a baby; 3) They are fraternal; 4) Yes, it’s hard work, but as first-time parents, my husband and I don’t know anything different.
For any expectant parents who are having multiples, here are seven things I wish I knew beforehand.