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Twin Names: Seven Ways to Link

January 1, 2015 Pamela Redmond
twin names

There are lots of ways to link twin names, from the obvious — sharing a first initial — to the so-subtle-it’s-nearly-invisible.  Here, we look at the seven major ways to link names for twins, with examples of specific names that work…..and a few that don’t.  Even if you’re not expecting twins but want to link your children’s names in some way, this is a good general guide to the possibilities.

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.

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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