They picked a favorite girl name and a favorite boy name – but now they’re expecting twins! Time to double the name search.
We had everything prepared for our little bundle of joy’s entrance into the world, especially when we had decided on two names – Mariana Eloise for a girl and Gael Jesús for a boy. One appointment later, it’s a double bundle!
Although the blessing of twins is a joyous occasion, we can’t help but feel distraught over the tricky issue of name-giving. To make matters even more difficult on ourselves, we don’t know their sexes but that’s because we both agreed that we wanted to wait.
Do Mariana and Gael go together? We chose Mariana as we loved its style, its flow. We chose Gael for its strong, masculine sound and its unique feel. We’re having a hard time finding twin names that match up.
We would really appreciate your thoughts.
The Name Sage replies:
Expecting twins is exciting – but overwhelming, too!
Graciela – One of the challenges of naming a sister for Mariana is avoiding the many long and lovely names with an obvious –ana at the beginning or the end. Graciela shares the same style without repeating sounds.
Ofelia – Shakespeare’s Ophelia is rising in use for girls once again, so I’ll suggest Ofelia. One hesitation: the Spanish pronunciation is a little different – and maybe even more appealing – than the American English.
My favorites are Gracelia and Serafina. While neither name appears in the current US Top 1000, I think they’re broadly familiar as given names. They’re pronounced nearly the same in English and Spanish. And they pair beautifully with sister Mariana. Mariana Eloise and Graciela Caroline, maybe? Or Mariana Eloise and Serafina Mirabel?
A Brother for Gael Jesús
We’re looking for a short, strong sound. That almost certainly rules out romantic names like Alvaro and Sebastián. But it leaves dozens of options. Here are a few that I think work especially well with Gael:
Axel – While Axel and Gael share most of the same letters, they sound just different enough. And while Axel isn’t Spanish at all in origin – it’s a Scandinavian twist on the Old Testament Absalom – it’s used in the Spanish-speaking world.
Roman – Rome is the eternal city, still associated with empire and military prowess fifteen centuries after the western half fell. That makes it a solid name for a son, and one that works across languages.
My favorite brother for Gael is Ivan, though I love all of these equally. Since Gael’s middle name seems more traditional, perhaps Ivan’s middle might be something equally classic: Ivan Thiago, Ivan Mateo, and Ivan Agustín all have potential.
I feel like I haven’t answered one of your questions completely, though, so let’s end with a poll about girl-boy twins, and please comment with your suggestions for both boy and girl names!