Twin Names: More individual names with shared meanings

One of our favorite twin names blogs ever was on distinct names that had shared meanings: Esme and Imogen, which both mean beloved, for instance, or Asher and Felix, which mean happy.

So we’ve decided to reprise the idea with a whole raft of new pairs of twin names.   As before, the idea is to choose names that are compatible yet clearly individual — no shared first initials or other overly-obvious links — yet that are joined in a more subtle way by a common meaning.

In the girl-boy pairs below, the girl’s name goes first as per Nameberry style; in single-gender pairs, the names are organized alphabetically.

Anoush and Eulalia – sweet

Balthasar and Rex – king

Celeste and Juno  – heaven

Charlotte and Francesca — free

Chiara and Eliora — light

Clemens and Gareth – gentle

Conan and Raoul – wolf

Devin and Baird – poet

Donnelly and Everett – brave

Dorothea and Nathaniel — gift

Edmund and Madoc — fortunate

Frederick and Henry – ruler

Kerensa and Amias – love

Kimana and Yara – butterfly

Maelle and Sarai – princess

Millicent and Griffin – strong

Minerva and Hugh – intellect

Verity and Emmett – truth

Vida and Zoe – life

Winifred and Auden – friend

Zuleika and Osbert – brilliant

We’d love to hear your ideas for similar pairs of twin names.  In case you haven’t tried it out, we’ve upgraded the meaning function on Nameberry’s Supersearch to allow you to type in any word and find names that contain that word in the meaning.

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hayleysaunt Says:

April 23rd, 2012 at 11:36 pm

This is by far my favorite way to think about naming twins! I know 9 year old girls named Lucy and Noor – both mean light in their respective cultures/ languages.

I really like Lucia and Eliora together (light); as well as Chaia and Aviva (life).

beckstar Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 12:23 am

Our twins are called Rowan and Lennox (both girls) and while the reason we chose them was for something else, they are both names for a tree (Rowan in Ireland and Lennox in Scotland )

Samantha-Bianca Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 12:57 am

Asherah and Tallulah
Asherah means “She who walks in the seas”, and Tallulah means “Leaping waters”.

dillonsfan01 Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 1:06 am

I really like Anoush & Eulalia, Charlotte & Francesca, and Verity and Emmett a lot together.

If I had twins I would use Clara & Elena both mean bright, Clara and Norah Clara means bright and Norah means light, or Dean & Paisley Dean means church official and Paisley means church.

Some other good ones:
Eliana and Soleil – both mean son
Amaya and Indra – both mean rain
Blake and Gavin – Blake means black, Gavin means white
Brendan and Soraya – prince and princess
Beau and Belle – handsome and beautiful
Agnes and Catherine – both mean pure
Matthew and Nathaniel – both mean gift of God
Callum and Paloma – both mean Dove

There are lots of good ones out there if you really stop and think about it 🙂

Poppy528 Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 2:57 am

I think I’m in the minority since name meaning means very little to me. I’d rather the name mean something to me personally not literally or etymologically. It is a nice way to connect siblings, but I find it really boring when people start telling me what their children’s names mean so I don’t take it too seriously.

That said, you’ve got a bunch of great twinsets in the list! Verity & Emmett is the favorite as it’s the most literal (well, knowing אמת/emmett is the actual Hebrew word for truth).

How bout Lola & Trista (sorrow), Margaret & Penina (Pearl), Emmeline & Millicent (industrious)?

kewitzler Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 4:25 am

Heather and Erica or other names that refer to similar botanicals.

Dove14 Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 7:20 am

Danica and Stella – both stars

Dove14 Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 7:33 am

Adela – Noble, Rhiannon – Great Queen
Dylan and Naida – both related to the sea

MeganElizabeth Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 9:11 am

I always loved the idea of Beatrice and Felicity together because Beatrice is listed on Nameberry as meaning “she who brings happiness” and Felicity means happy. But I can’t seem to find any other sources that list Beatrice with that meaning.

MrsWilson Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 9:41 am

Our twins are Alexander and Emma. “Defender of men” and “whole.” We obviously didn’t put any thought into meanings beforehand. lol. However, one thing that worked out beautifully was that my husband wanted the twins to have the middle names Riley and Rowan. Since both are unisex, we almost arbitrarily assigned them (before birth): Alexander Riley and Emma Rowan. One of the definitions of Rowan is “little red one.” Sure enough, we could tell the moment she was born that she had red hair!

Peddle Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 11:59 am

I love Evangelina (bearer of good news) and Magnolia (a flower which is a harbinger of spring)… Eva and Maggie for short.

ferntailwp Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Cameo & Gemma – both kind of ‘jewel’ names
Astrid & Starr – Star
Blue & Cobalt & Cyan – Any combination would work since Cobalt starts with a hard ‘c’ and Cyan starts with a soft one.
Jude & Lennon – Beatles references
Thaddeus & Nathaniel – gift of god
Mason & Shale – both have to do with stone
Alexander & Ajax – Would’ve been good if they didn’t both start with A. Means warrior
Dylan & Iona – both sea related
Pallas & Sophia & Sage & Redmond – wisdom

I could go on and on ^^ A nice idea, although I don’t typically go for meaning unless it’s obvious.

ppgsss77 Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Why can’t they have their own names as well as their own meanings?

auroradawn Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

This is a cool idea; I’ll keep it in mind if I ever have twins. Love Edmund and Madoc!

jpruitt76 Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

More “beloved” names: Carina, Davina, Davis, David.

My girls are Norah and Lucy – both of these names have “light” in their meaning.

edenlyla13 Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I love all of these!

missrae Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Aria and Leo both mean “Lion”. I love this twin/sib set!

SugarPlumFairy Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Oh, great idea! My favourites are Henry & Frederick, Minerva & Hugh, and Maëlle & Sarai!

Now for a bit of criticism 😛 I think some of these meanings are a bit forced. For instance,

Eulalia : “good talk” (nothing to do with sweetness)
Chiara : “light” as in “light blue”, ie., “clear”; not “light” as in radiation.
Devin : means either “divine” or “stag”, depending on the etymological roots.
Emmett : masculine form of Emma, “universal”

In general I think Nameberry would improve a lot if they invested more on “name meanings” part; your database has plenty of these small mistakes that can lead future parents into error… I still love it, though 🙂

Scrambledmegs Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Celeste & Juno
Winifred & Auden

Love them both! Two names I don’t think I would originally put together, just feeling separate and together at the same time.

rollo Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Love this! What an amazing way to link the twins together.

miloowen Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I agree that some of the name meanings are forced. How one gets “free” out of Charlotte is beyond me. Charlotte is a feminine form of Charles, which means manly. And Nathaniel means “gift of G-d;” it’s Mathew/Matithiya that means “gift.” Also, it’s Ari/Aryeh that means “lion,” Ariel is “lion of G-d.”

That being said, you could pair Louisa with Alexander, and Ignacio with Aidan (an interesting pair of saints).

Alexandra.Iseult Says:

April 24th, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Poppy528, I completely agree. Name meaning is relatively unimportant to me. I like names that don’t have the most amazing meanings, like Rue. However, it is a great tool for trying out different names together in sets. I love a lot of these combos!

Roux Says:

April 25th, 2012 at 6:30 am

Philippa – Lover of Horses
Rosamund – Horse Protection

Horse connection, same number of letters and syllables, completely different sounds. Plus Pippa & Rosie is adorable imo.

Vega Says:

April 25th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

A pair that hasn’t yet been mentioned is Edith and Matilda:

Edith – prosperous in war (Old english)
Matilda – battle mighty (German)

Both are way more popular in the UK than US and have very cute nn Edie and Tillie!

PhillipsWife Says:

April 25th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I love this concept. I have a twin sister, and our names are not matchy at all, but the same style (classic/traditional). We like it that way. Her name means “gift of God” (Elizabeth), and mine means “princess” (Sarah), so the meanings aren’t closely connected, though,

ksheja Says:

April 27th, 2012 at 10:14 am

If I had twins, I don’t think I’d try to link them by name meaning, but it’s a nice idea – so much better than obviously matchy names.

NataleeMJohnson Says:

June 3rd, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I liked Vida and Zoe, both meaning life. I once pondered about Vivian/Vivienne, Zoe, and Eve for twins, because they all mean life.

Another cool one is Helen and Lucy, both meaning light. If they’re too oldish, you could jazz it up with their variants. Helen has Elaine, Eileen, Aileen, Helena, Ellen, and more. (There’s a list on here called “Helen’s International Versions”.) Lucy’s variants include Lucia (my name), Luciana, Lucinda, Lucille, and more.

Kato54 Says:

July 29th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I really like these lists!! I have twin friends whose names, i have discovered, have very similar meanings:

Paige + Gillian

Paige means ‘young child’
Gillian (aka Jillian) means ‘youthful’

Rhythmvick Says:

October 19th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I’m late to this thread, but I always thought Bay and Laurel would be beautiful names for twin girls… both obviously meaning… laurel!

Tomorrow Says:

November 1st, 2012 at 2:48 am

This is a great idea, since it links the names without making them too matchy. I like Ada and Alecia, both meaning noble.

sarahmezz Says:

February 7th, 2013 at 8:19 am

Roux – LOVE Philippa and Rosamund! Pippa and Rosie, how cute!

Of the twinsets listed above, I like Charlotte and Francesca best.

Okay, now I’m really hoping I have twin girls!

LimeUK Says:

March 22nd, 2013 at 6:37 am

Eva & Levi for g/b twins? 🙂
Meaning of Eva: “life”
Meaning of Levi: “joined, attached”

tripletsgrandma Says:

March 28th, 2013 at 2:17 am

Way back in high school, I had a teacher whose first name was Carol. She had a twin sister named Joyce and they were born on Christmas Eve. I thought their names were cool for Christmas twins and linked them and birthdate together, without being cutesy and rhyme-y and had their own personality.

I named my dd Ashley Michelle and her initials are AMY. She has gone by that nickname since birth because there were so many Ashleys around, although almost as many Amys here.
I liked the acronym part of her name and spent considerable time thinking about naming another daughter with an acronym nickname. I came up with:
‘Ivy’ — Isabelle Savanna Y.
‘Izzy’ — Izabelle Suzanne Y.
‘Joy’ — Juliette Olivia Y.
‘May’ — Marissa/Mariah Aubrey Y.
I didn’t have another daughter but always thought the names Amy and Ivy or Amy and Joy made a cute sister set of names!

Erinm Says:

May 10th, 2013 at 7:24 am

Aria and Melody

Belladaisy Says:

June 6th, 2013 at 6:52 am

Lily and Susannah – Susannah comes from the Hebrew word for lily
Victoria and Nicola – victory in Latin and Greek
Eve and Zoe – life in Hebrew and Greek
Bianca and Alba – both referring to the colour white
Anna and Grace – Anna comes from the Hebrew word for grace

tabitha Says:

June 15th, 2013 at 10:22 am

Ada + Grady


Alba + Agnes

“white, pure”

Shalom + Paloma

“peace, dove”

Saoirse + Lysander

“liberty, liberator”

I think that last one is my favourite!

Kate_Kat_Bar Says:

February 17th, 2015 at 11:05 am

Osborn and Arthurine: “bear”
Lapis and Thanh: “blue”
Zosia and Dara: “wisdom” (I love this one!)
Alana and Concordia: “harmony”
Hedwig and Murphy & Arrio and Bellatrix: “war”
Jude and Oksana: “praise”

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