Twin Baby Names: Our advice for for the stars
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!
Avoid names that are too close. Emma and Emmett, Freddie and Teddy, or Lily and Rose all seem much too cute together, and likely to cause confusion. Sharing a first initial can work, assuming the names are clearly distinct, but different-initial names might be best approach.
Play fair with family names. If you’d always planned to name a son after your dad, make sure that his twin has a family name, too. Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie–Pitt are a great example – his first comes from dad’s side, while her middle honors her maternal grandmother.
Consider gender. Today parents often prefer to choose names they love without considering gender. But twins named Mason and Logan – when Mason is a girl and Logan a boy – might cause more confusion that it’s worth. Harper and Logan make a better pair.
Keep the style consistent. Arabella and Nathaniel are great together. So are Jax and Paisley. But twins named Jax and Arabella? That’s a mismatch. One is short and modern; the other, elaborate and storied. They don’t sound like siblings, and certainly not like twins.
Link via meaning. If you are eager to connect your children’s names, consider a subtle approach. Shared meanings make duos like Zoe and Liv – both mean life – especially appealing. Word is that Madonna’s twins are named Esther and Stella, another good example of the approach.
Keep both names equally familiar/out-there. Bold baby names are great, but if one daughter is Ophelia, her twin probably shouldn’t be Abigail. The opposite is true, too. Jensen Ackles is dad to twins Zeppelin and Arrow, two names equally out-there.
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on February 10th, 2017 at 7:31 pm
Awesome List, Nameberry!!! :):):) Such fantastic pointers and great job with creating twin names for Amal and George Clooney!
For their boy and girl I think they should go with:
Valentine & Maximo
Oona & Atlas
Revel & Grey
Primrose & Pollux
Tabitha & Quentin
Nyx & Xerxes
on February 10th, 2017 at 8:28 pm
Paola and Massimo are lovely together.
on February 10th, 2017 at 8:38 pm
I think Amal and George are gonna do traditional American / English plus a Lebanese name. Can’t wait to hear it when they arrive!
on February 11th, 2017 at 7:32 am
I never understand the sentiment made on this thread and frequently on NB along the line that names like Jax and Arabella are a “mismatch” or Jax and Arabella “don’t sound like siblings.” If Jax and Arabella (just using these as examples) are the names you really love, use them. Jax and Arabella will be individual people. They will grow up, move out, start their own families, and no one will refer to them as Jax and Arabella again. And even when they’re young, picking sibling names that “go together” would never enter my mind. Picking names I love would be my foremost criterion.
on February 11th, 2017 at 5:42 pm
I think it would be adorable if George and Amal named their twins something a little more traditional, like Scott and Georgia or even something like Amar and Georgia a play on their own names
on February 11th, 2017 at 8:40 pm
What fabulous choices!
I love Sonia, Constance, Granger, Noor, Rosemary, Nicholas, Ada, Augusta, and Hugh.
Rosemary and Nicholas sound wonderful together.
on February 11th, 2017 at 11:17 pm
I like Rosemary and Nicholas best from this list.
on February 12th, 2017 at 5:13 pm
Augusta and Hugh is so precious
on February 13th, 2017 at 7:54 pm
I think Viridian and Cerulean go well together. Both color names.
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