Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Choosing Non-Matchy Twin Names That Still Go Together

Here in the US, some of the most popular twin sets include names like Matthew & Michael, Daniel & David, Hailey & Hannah or Ella & Emma. While there isn't technically anything wrong with matching names together like this, there are plenty of ways to be more creative when naming twins.

Last week, I mentioned
5 things that make twin names too matchy . Today, we'll take a look at some examples of names that would better allow twins to have their own identities than the examples from last week.

I've come up with 3 ways to ensure 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.

Female Twins: 
Aurora & Roxanne ("Dawn")
Eve & Zoey ("To Live" / Life")
Corinna & Imogen ("Maiden")

Male Twins:
Joshua & Isaiah ("God is Salvation")
Derek & Henry ("Ruler of People / Home Rule")
Matthew & Theodore ("Gift of God")

Male/Female Twins:
David & Cara ("Beloved")
Beau & Calista ("Beautiful")
Brendan & Sarah ("Prince / Princess")

Or the rare instance where the meaning of a name is also a name:

Margaret & Pearl ("Pearl")
Susannah & Lily ("Lily")
Daphne & Laurel ("Laurel")
Hannah & Grace ("Grace")
Ione & Violet ("Violet")
Erica & Heather ("Heather")

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. 

Female Twins:
Charlotte & Matilda
Emma & Chloe
Molly & Jessica
Daisy & Lola
Jade & Tabitha

Male Twins:
Tyler & Brandon
Hunter & Mason
Kevin & Patrick
Oliver & Flynn
Jacob & Gideon

Male/Female Twins:
Cole & Brianna
Gavin & Alexandra
Jeremy & Nicole
Evan & Isabella
Benjamin & Emily


3. Complementary sounds

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. 

Female Twins:
Brooke & Rebecca  (B & R)
Natalie & Lauren (N & L)
Ivy & Genevieve (V)

Male Twins:
Milo & Dominic (M)
Vincent & Oliver (V)
Lewis & Maxwell (W & L)

Male/Female Twins:
James & Tessa (S)
Phillip & Seraphina (Ph)
Brooks & Aubrey (Br)

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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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