Twin Names with Inspired Links
Here in the US, some of the most popular twin names include pairs 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.
1. Linked by meaning
These names don’t rhyme or sound alike but they do share a similar meaning. This is great for parents who feel the urge to make twin names matchy but don’t want to rhyme or have the names start with the same letter.
Or the rare instance where the meaning of a name is also a name:
2. Very different sounds
These names may be of a similar style or origin but they do not sound the same. They do not rhyme; they might not even have any of the same letters in common. These names stand together but have their own identities.
These names share a similar sound or two, but they are not overwhelmingly similar and they do not rhyme. Often, these sounds will be emphasized differently and the names will have different syllable counts.
What do you think of this list? Whether you like or dislike the idea of making twin names overly matchy, perhaps you can share in the comments some examples of names that you appreciate on twins. Do you have twins of your own? Do you have twin names picked out just in case? Where do you draw the line between the names being subtly linked and being too close for comfort?
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on November 18th, 2015 at 12:18 am
I sure don’t like the matchy ones; they don’t seem fair to the child who after all is not part of a package deal.
The worst I’ve ever heard was my mom’s high school friend who named her kids Michael and Michelle — the same name really. She said that was all she could think of! Definitely imagination-deprived and no nameberry!
I love the triplet combination of Ligeia, Ngaio, and Cynara because they all are real names, all are exotic sounding, all are interesting. No Charlottes in the bunch. They all have a literary or mythological connection too, which is cool.
I do understand the matching impulse though with multiples. The other day I was fantasizing about Gaylord, Godfrey, and Gladstone (don’t worry – they might be my future cats!). I love Taliesin, Tangier, and Teal too. Best to stick with these impulses for companion animals though.
on November 18th, 2015 at 4:29 am
I would love to see twins named Aurora & Zoey. I think of “Dawn” (morning) as new life. And I love that they are also different and on either end of the alphabet.
I would probably just use my favourite names that are next on the list.
I have been liking Conrad and Tristan, Lilia/na and Elara, Malachi and Tallulah.
On this list I like:
Eve & Zoey
Derek & Henry
Beau & Calista
Charlotte & Matilda
Hunter & Mason
Evan & Isabella – I like Evander & Isabeau <3
Ivy & Genevieve – Maybe Blythe (Y is the same)
Lewis & Maxwell – I think I would change it to Malachi
James & Tessa
on November 18th, 2015 at 9:02 pm
When I was about 14 and as obsessed with names as I am now, I thought it would be hilarious to have fictional twins named Fiona Laura and Leona Flora. Then I found a clothing label Velva Sheen to pair with Belva Jean, my great aunt’s name.
But in reality, I think twins should be named like any siblings–good, solid, beautiful names that will last on their own and reflect a similar-ish style. I know more than one twin set that don’t have a lot in common other than their birthday and I don’t think their names should depend on each other.
Isobel & Simon
Alec & Rosie
Annelie & Ingrid
Juliet & Eden
or Juliet & Cecily
Rufus & Verity
Soren & Peter
Jasper & Nicola
Imogen & Katia
on November 19th, 2015 at 11:54 am
Interesting post, but I would just name twins as I would two singletons.
on November 19th, 2015 at 5:25 pm
I love the idea of naming twins with the same meaning or twin names that share the same origin! Aurora & Roxanne is a gorgeous twin set so elegant. I have also seen the suggestion of one twin sharing the same letter as the end of another twins name which is an idea that I really like. For example Willa & Alice, Henry & York or Miguel & Leona. Another idea that I like with twin names is when they have share the same amount of letters like for example Jane & Zara, Malachi & Tristan or Geneva & Parker because even though they are the same in length each name is very different and therefore has there own personality. Last thing regarding letters I also think it’s sweet when twins share the same first letter together. However they have to be different like Angelo & August (love this), Scarlett & Susannah, or Rosalie & Ruben. Unlike others I would not name twins like singletons because ultimately it’s nothing like singletons and I think that deserves a nod too. Nevertheless naming your children Madison & Addison or Oliver & Olivia (the worse twin set I’ve ever come across) is just…..cringe. Interesting post : )
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