Unique Twin Names to Inspire
Unique twin names that feel well-matched but not too matchy can feel impossible to find. Naming twins is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges (and greatest pleasures) facing a baby namer – although our ultimate guide to twin names is a great place to start!
Many parents naming twins take inspiration from the most popular names list. Some of the most common combinations for twins today consist of modern classics like Olivia and Sophia for girls, Biblical favorites like Elijah and Isaiah for boys, and same-initial pairings like Ava and Aiden for girl-boy twins. And popular twin names do offer many advantages.
But what if you want unique twin names that are connected and compatible yet not too obvious or cutesy? Meaning: Jupiter and Juno, no. Jupiter and Juniper, still no. But Jupiter and Calypso? Now you’re talking!
Here are some original ideas for unique twin names to inspire you. All of these pairings share some connection – whether in meaning, origin, spelling or associations – but all work just as well individually as they do together.
And, crucially, none of these unique names ranks within the current US Top 1000.
Unusual Twin Girl Names
Unique and unusual twin girl names can be found in a range of styles from a variety of sources. Connecting these names with a subtle theme can be a good way to focus the pair without being too obvious.
Arrietty & Lavender – names from children’s books
Bluma & Saffron – quirky botanical names
Marta & Tamar – anagram names
Allegra & Beatrix – both mean “joy”
Rhiannon & Tallulah – names from songs
Rosamund & Isolde – names from legendary romances
Seren & Vesper – sleek names meaning “star”
Tabitha & Hermione — fictional witch names
Una & Nessa – mean “one” and “two”
Zadie & Zita – retro Z names
Uncommon Twin Boy Names
Unique names for twin boys can be connected by meaning, letter, origin, or theme. Think about a larger backstory that resonates for you and use that to inspire uncommon boy names for your twin sons.
Ames & Winn – both mean “friend”
Aziz & Zaki – Arabic names with virtue meanings
Calder & Conran – artistic C surnames
Ciro & Sol – both mean “sun”
Constantine & Aurelian — Roman emperor names
Django & Fitz – cool jazz names
Eben & Boaz – 4-letter Biblical names
Kuiper & Altair – celestial names
Orson & Roscoe – vintage names with animal meanings
Ravello & Caruso — Italian opera names
Unique Girl-Boy Twin Names
Gender does not need to make unique twin names less compatible. Here are some unique names for boy-girl twins that are perfectly in tune. Find a connecting point that speaks to you and use that as a starting point in your search for names for your babies.
Amity & Valor – 5-letter virtue names
Art & Etta – jazzy nicknames
Cordelia & Valentine – Shakespearean names
Florin & Avalon – fictional place names
Jupiter & Calypso – quirky mythological names
Luan & Zira – both mean “moon”
Mercury & Peridot – rare mineral names
Oberon & Ottilie – unexpected O names
Priya & Sajan – Hindi names meaning “love”
Tamsin & Tavish – both mean “twin”
Cool Unisex Names for Twins
Whatever gender your twins, you can find lots of uncommon gender-neutral name pairs that work. As with the other twin names, look for a unique background story to link the names and inspire your search.
Auburn & Ochre – color names
Bergen & Juneau – city names
Bly & Poe – 3-letter literary surnames
Cedar & Hollis – tailored tree names
Colm & Lark – bird names
Innes & Adair – Scottish surnames
Pax & Merritt – virtuous meanings
Radley & Rivers – literary R surnames
Shai & Lior – 4-letter Hebrew names
Tully & Ennis – Irish surname and place names