Twin Names: Seven Ways to Link
By First Initial
The most popular twin names are linked by first initial: Madison and Matthew, say, or Taylor and Tyler. And certainly, that's the easiest and most obvious way to link. But if you choose twin names that start with the same first initial, vary the rhythm or sound: Cecilia and Caroline, for instance, are more distinctive than Cecilia and Celeste.
- Madison and Matthew, say, or Taylor and Tyler. And certainly, that's the easiest and most obvious way to link. But if you choose twin names that start with the same first initial, vary the rhythm or sound: Cecilia and Caroline, for instance, are more distinctive than Cecilia and Celeste." >
- Bea and Max, for example, or two names that share a middle or and ending sound, such as Oliver and Everett or Aiden and Carson." >
- Catherine and Alexander, or fashionable names like Daisy and Theo (which also have a nickname theme going on), or unusual exotic names such as Ramona and Pascal. You can also link by style via middle names, by giving both babies two middle names, for instance, or family surnames in the middle." >
- Caleb and Amos) to the sedate (Elizabeth and Jane). More specialized meanings offer fewer options but a closer link: Aurelia and Cressida both mean gold, for example, while Ariel and Leo share a lion meaning." >
- Duncan and Malcolm share a Scottish heritage, for instance, but fewer people would identify Blair and Cameron as sharing the same Scottish origin. Either direction works." >
- Matilda and Alice, or two names with secret nature meanings, such as Yara (which means butterfly) and Paloma (dove). Other theme examples might be place names, surname-names, or names that relate to the sea." >
- Nathan and Isaac (which also share a Biblical theme and a Hebrew heritage) or a more unusual pair such as Freya and Lilia, side-by-side at Numbers 908 and 909." >
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on January 2nd, 2015 at 12:24 am
I like this. My favourite ways of linking are theme or meaning. Subtler even semi-secret connections.
on January 2nd, 2015 at 3:04 am
I liked the article, maybe it could help parents who worry whether or not they twins name will be mocked or loved. But I have something to say to this idea of “similar, but not too simialr”
I ask this question for quite some time when someone mentions “similar, but not too similar” – do you want similar name for your kids or not?
I do understand and there’s really too similar and too silly baby names(Bill and Ben, Looser and Winner, Allison and Madison, Kailey and Kayla, Fish and Chips), but unless it’s really ugly or stupid, then similarity is OK, IMO.
I can understand some kind of name like Cecelia and Celeste are very similar, but it would not be a big deal in RL. As long as it isn’t Charlene and Charlize, your twins name are fine.
on January 2nd, 2015 at 3:12 am
Hope I didn’t been to harsh, article was lovely and helpful, but I just don’t get point of “similar, but not too similar”.
You either want different name, or similar name. I know name could be similar to other names in many different ways, but you can’t name your kids with same name, so I think you can either use similar name or totally different name. And if you want to use similar names for your kids, use them and do not worry about other people’s opinion. There are worse problems in life.
on January 2nd, 2015 at 8:45 am
I think if I had twins I would either name them something unrelated, or linked by theme or meaning.
on January 2nd, 2015 at 9:33 am
I think if I had twins I would there to be some relation! Like if I had twin girls I would name them Haley and Heather which both share the same first letter “H” but if I had twin boys I like River and Corey but there is no relation there which is okay I don’t mind that. But if I had a boy and a girl I would want there to be a relation such as nature style or hippie. But I do like River and Heather paired together as they are both nature names Heather is a plant/flower and River is just a River.
on January 2nd, 2015 at 9:51 am
I named my twin sons by the theme of water: River and Dylan (means “son of the sea”) It is subtle, but I like knowing that it’s there. Ok, there’s a lot more to there names….each twin also has a nod to each side of the family. River’s first name is James, which is a family tradition on my husband’s side (there are 100s of James!, hence going by the middle). Dylan is an honoring name, a nod to my grandma whose mother’s maiden name was Dillon (I really prefer the Dylan spelling and again, water theme). I also liked how River and Dylan sounded together….someone pointed out that they are both 5 letters, 2 syllables and both start and end with different consonents. I didn’t plan that, but maybe that’s why they sound nice together. The water theme extends into my daughter’s name as well, Serena. So I call them my water babies, Serena, River and Dylan. <3
on January 2nd, 2015 at 12:03 pm
I’ve thought about what I would name twins if I ever had a set.
For boys, I would go with two names of the same origin. I like the idea of using two Gaelic names
For girls, I would go with two longer names that can be shortened to a spunky nickname.
For a boy and girl, I would love to give one a name starting with A and one starting with Z because there is a b/g sibset that I love that uses those letters and I think the A/Z idea is a nice connection for twins
on January 2nd, 2015 at 2:33 pm
I love this article ! If I had twins I would either do nature theme , children’s book theme, 1 or 2 syllables or meaning which would probably fall under nature theme . I like the idea of there names being somewhat subtle .
on January 3rd, 2015 at 12:54 am
My favorite would be to use the same endings like Matteo and Diego or use the same origins like Maeve and Aislinn. Also the same initials like Camilla and Carmen. I like the idea of equal popularity. I was thinking of using 888, so that’d be Estella and Franco–which is cool! If I did same theme it’d be mythology or nature. I love that with twins you can use so many ideas!
on January 3rd, 2015 at 1:28 am
I love twin names with a theme but ultimately there are so many names I like that don’t match so I’ll probably end up going completely different. I guess they’ll still be linked by similar popularity, since almost all the names I like are very unusual.
For girls I like Viola (VYE-o-la) Jane and Seren (SEH-ren) Elspeth.
For a boy and a girl Viola and Emlyn.
I still can’t come up with twin boy names that I like…
on January 3rd, 2015 at 11:18 am
I really like the less matchy connections – love the theme, origin, & meaning ideas. I would do style without a doubt and in combination with one (or more) of the above. But I think my favourite is the theme. I love music themes (Aria & Cadence or Aria & Viola), nature themes (Calla & Violet) and children’s story themes (Leora & ??? – maybe William here, even though it’s a totally different style. Or Leora & Matilda works!).
Another idea would be combining origin and popularity – ie. I’m Canadian, so (for example), picking from the top 20 UK list. (Isla & Evie), or just the top 100 list (Rosie & Thea).
Checking the popularity is a trick I really like! On the Canadian 2013 list, I like 57 & 58 – Isla & Leonie or 53 – Henry & Eve or 45 – Leo & Mila or 31 – Charles & Rosalie or 16 – Felix & Alice.
on January 4th, 2015 at 10:34 am
Marlowe Eve Victoria & Maxton End Valentino
Are my guilty and ‘imaginative’ names for twins that I would not use anyway but I like them.. hahaha
Interesting post! I would love to have twins someday… My grandfather had a twin sister so maybe it’s on the cards!
on January 4th, 2015 at 2:57 pm
I’m a twin, and personally I like that my name is not related to my sister’s. Our names our Brooke and Paige, and people still confuse our names! I can only imagine what it’s like for a Allison and Madison or a Bill and Bob! I wouldn’t like it if my parents used the same initials for us (like both of us having a first and middle name that started with the same letter) or if our names rhymed. Most twins I know agree that the whole stereotype of twin’s having rhyming names is overdone.
on January 4th, 2015 at 9:34 pm
I think if I had twins I’d give them names that are completely different. They wouldn’t rhyme or have the same syllable, at least. Only because I think if they were twins (specifically identical I mean) it’s hard enough for some people to see them as individuals. That is strictly my personal preference though and obviously there are twins that are totally fine with having similar names so I won’t judge the parents who do go with matchy names. 🙂 (though Tyler and Taylor may be a bit much)
on January 4th, 2015 at 9:52 pm
I would just name them my two most favorite names on my list whether or not they “go together”
on January 7th, 2015 at 6:54 pm
This is wonderful help! Me and husband are still trying to find the perfect names for our little girls coming soon. I’m not sure what my favorite way to link would be… I want them to feel like they both have special names!
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