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Twin Names

Being that I have twins I am currently reading a book on rearing twins. In the book they have referenced the ssa popular twin names in the US. I was reading it and just so surprised that there are so many sets of twins with the same names. (http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/twins.html)

So... do you know more than one set of twins that have the same names? It does seem that the most popular twin names are also the currently popular names of course, and lots of the names are more matchy or same letter names, but still. But there are some different ones as well, like 12 sets of twins in the us named Alexander and William, or 12 sets of twins named Addison and Jackson, etc.

So if you had twins, what would you name them? I have to say naming our twins was infinitely more difficult than naming our singletons, not just because you have more names to choose, but because you have to decide alike names or not, etc.

Ultimately our twins have some things that are matchy. Both of their first names and 5 letters and 2 syllables, and both of their middle names are 4 letters and 1 syllable. We didn't necessarily do those things on purpose, but I liked it anyhow. Smile But in choosing their names I really did NOT want their names to match. DH's grandma was an identical twin, Jean and Jeana (pronounced Ja-nay), and she had identical twin girls, Sherlene and Sherry. My great grandfather was a twin, Johannes and Siebren (they were Dutch). I wanted their names to be really different, but also to fit with our other children's names too. But now, I don't think one of the name matches, but oh well.

Anyhow, our twins are Abram Hunt and Wyatt John. And though we did not plan it at all, they are the A&W twins. lol. When ppl ask their names, they always seem surprised when I tell them. I think most ppl expect some alliteration or something. But seriously, I have a hard enough time spitting any name out when trying to call the right child, I don't need any extra confusion. Smile My other children are Brilee and Tucker. I think Abram fits the least, since the other three are all more modern and Abram is biblical, but we liked it, and I feel it has a contemporary sound to it. I kind of think all four names have a western-ish feel as well. And we always use family names as middle names (John is from my g-grandfather, as he changed his name to John when he emigrated as a child, and since he was a twin, I wanted to use his name for one of my twins)

My twins are fraternal and do not look similar, so different names is a good thing. Would having identical twins inspire you to have more matchy names than if they were fraternal? or B/G twins, would you want them to match more or less? Would you maybe pick different first names, but matching middle names?

Anyhow, rambling, but thought it would be fun to have a few new posts here and love to hear others opinions on all things naming. Smile

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I'd like to think I'd pick 2 sets of names that were each their own... as opposed to matchy/etc. I'm not a fan of matchy sibling names (ie starting with the same letter/same theme/rhyming/etc) so I just can't see myself doing that to hypothetical twins when I know I wouldn't for non-twin siblings, kwim?

I'm trying to think of names of twins I've come across in my lifetime...

Emily & Meredith*
Mike & Chris*
Thomas & Jason
Daniel & Michael*
Brandy & Erin
Robert & Phoenix
Kylie & Sara*
Layla & Ronan
Jena & Beaujana
Logan & Kaleb*
Charlene & Darlene*
Dora & Doris
Anya & Asya

... there's probably more... my dad's side has quite a few sets though I've only ever met a couple of them LOL but those are off the top of my head, the ones with the * were identical (though the last set of names listed I can't remember if they were ID or not). And only 3 of the listed ones were matchy-matchy (Dora & Doris are/were my fraternal great-aunts actually LOL)... I wonder if the generation plays a role at all? They all would've been named by people either my great-grandparents or grandparents' generation, whereas the rest would've been my parents generation or younger.

My SIL has twins... non-matchy names, but VERY matchy dressing of them, even though they are now 10. In the last few years she has let them wear what they want day-to-day but "special occasions", family gatherings, or pictures (school/family/etc) they still have to dress alike. I can't see myself doing that either. When very young, I can see doing it sometimes... but not on a regular basis and certainly not once they got older unless THEY CHOSE to.

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Good point on being a generational thing... I think it was much more common 50+ years ago to choose matchy names, identical or not.

As to matching, mine match exactly maybe 40% of the time, coordinating (different color-same shirt or like 2 button up shirts, or 2 elmo shirts, etc maybe 30% of the time, and completely different the rest of the time. But then I have the dilemma of not wanting them to clash. lol. I can't do one in plaid and one in stripes on the same day. lol. But I have always liked having my niece and dd match as well. lol. But if they ever ask for something different, I have no problems with that. I do know that dh's grandma (the id twin that had id twins) said that ppl told her to not have them match, let them have separate identities, well, she said school shopping the girls would pick the same skirts/shirts, and who was she supposed to tell no. Smile And she said it did no psychological damage to her to match her sister. Smile

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One of my friends with ID twin boys dresses them the same... but different colours (I think they are 5-ish). As an "outsider" I do find it easier to tell ID twins apart when they are dressed differently. My poor dh and kids have yet to be able to tell SILs twins apart LOL I can only do it if I see their face close... from a distance or the back or in a random picture (unless I know where they were positioned/etc)... good luck! LOL

Of course I should note that I would NEVER tell SIL (or anybody else) NOT to dress their twins how they want... this is all just MY personal preference/what I think I would do with hypothetical twins Wink I hated my mother dressing me and my youngers sister alike when we were young. I actually cringed at Easter this year when I ended up dressing my dd and ds in the same colours! It was purely non-intentional... I bought them new outfits and it just happened that they "matched"... I had to force myself to allow myself to do it ROFL (though I am going to get their picture taken in the Fall for Christmas gifts in these outfits so I guess I'm getting over it LOL)

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Being a twin, I'm all for complete individuality. Luckily my parents never dressed my sister and I alike. We're frat twins and definitely look it. Our names also have nothing to do with each other.

In general I don't like matchy names. Not even for siblings. You're not naming a group of people. You're naming individuals. Kids names don't need to 'sound good' together. I don't even really know what that means TBH. Just pick nice names that you like (that aren't spelled stupidly) and you can't lose. Smile All 'general you', btw.

If I had twins myself I'd just pick names I like. Absolutely nothing that leans toward a theme, that's for sure.

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twin names i know..

madison and matthew (age 15)
julie and janine (age 25)

my uncle is a triplet-- glen, gary and gord (late 40's)

so i guess around here people like matchy names.

me personally... i could see myself dressing them alike while they are little... once they are old enough to choose their own clothing i wouldnt. and names... i would make them sound nice togethers (ie i wouldnt have a Enrique and a Mike) but i wouldnt match or use the same initial... but im picky that way.. if i had more kids i wouldnt use the same initials..

i like Easton and Hudson for boys // Teagan and Camden (nn Cami) for girls

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"brookie13" wrote:

my uncle is a triplet-- glen, gary and gord (late 40's)

Those are the most Canadian names! Love it!

I can't remember many twin names from Canada but my old neighbours here had twins named Kokoa (pronounced Ko-Ko-Ah) and Kora. I.E. Cocoa and Cola. They thought they'd be excellent international names.

How very chavtastic.

If I had boy-girl twins in an English-speaking country I would name them Felix and Fiona. That's my fantasy. I know it's terrible but I love those names.

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I know several sets of twins.

Ralph and Roger
Joshua and Brody
Sam and Graham
Austen and Conner
Hailey and Alexis
Samantha and Jeffrey
Michael and Matthew
Matthew and Jeffrey

If I had a set of twins I think I would have their names start with the same letter. But I don't like it when the twin's names rhyme...it's like a tougue twister.

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here's the twins I know:

Lisa and Mona (ID)
Frederick and Francois(ID)
Joalie and Maelle(ID)
Izabel and Emilie (FR)
Jeannette and Ginette(ID)
Jody and Jony(ID)
Alex and Miguel(ID)

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"VixB" wrote:

Jeannette and Ginette(ID)

Oh my. I *know* in French they'd be pronounced a little differently, but to my non-French-speaking self (and others like me), they tend to get pronounced the same... that would be VERY confusing.

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WE have discussed twin names, and if girls we would be using our girl name from last Pregnancy, Abigail and hubby wants Amber, I want Ruby. Boys names, well we can't even decide on a single boys name now so no idea.

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"Princess&ThePea" wrote:

Oh my. I *know* in French they'd be pronounced a little differently, but to my non-French-speaking self (and others like me), they tend to get pronounced the same... that would be VERY confusing.

It is very confusing,lol! One of them (Jeannette) is my son's babysitter.

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"VixB" wrote:

here's the twins I know:

Lisa and Mona (ID)
Frederick and Francois(ID)
Joalie and Maelle(ID)
Izabel and Emilie (FR)
Jeannette and Ginette(ID)
Jody and Jony(ID)
Alex and Miguel(ID)

omg... Mona Lisa. oy!

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Oh and I know
Julie and Melanie (if you put Ju and Mel, it means Twins in French: jumelle)
Kinda of cool I think.
Melanie was my midwife.

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Other multiples I know
Reese & Riley (boys, fr)
Christopher, Emily, Joshua
Reagan & Roxie (id)
Parker & Preston (id)
Caleb & Hunter (fr)
McCaedan & McHaley
Logan & Grady (id)

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I have seen Cara and Mia suggested as twin girl names before, put together it means my beloved in Italian IIRC

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My twin boys are named Cullan and Peyton. I guess they go together but I didn't want matching or themed names.

If I was having twins I would have trouble naming them anything similar. I really raised my twins to be individuals not a 'set'. So I think if I had twins today their names again would go together but would not match or have a theme.

But goodness...I'm having a hard enough time thinking about girl names in general (in case we have a girl) that I couldn't imagine coming up with 2. Boys names seem to be easier but I have one boy name I LOVE so a second would be hard.

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I have frat twins and they are Gerald Charles (He is Trey since he is a III) and Isabella Christine.

We did not want matching names, just names we liked. I was convinced we were having two girls until my ultrasound. Their names were to be Isabella Christine and Ekaterina Lane. Two backup names and we liked were Anastasia and Amelia, but decided that if we used them, we would not use both since they both started with "A".

Boys, we never decided on a second name. Trey is named after his father and grandfather. I was totally against that if we had two boys since I didn't think it would be fair to the boy who did not get named after his father & grandfather. We never did cross that bridge since the kids are boy/girl!

I know hundreds of sets of multiples (two Moms of Multiples Clubs), so I can't even begin to list their names! LOL

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I like this thread!

I thought it would be a fun challenge for me to try to name off all of the twins I know. So here goes:

Matchy:
Brendon & Bryant
Josselyn & Jackson
Kenneth & Karl
Brittany & Brenna
Marcy & Megan
Andre & Filipe

Non-matchy:
Christina & Jonathan
Nathan & Michael
Mae & Zachary
Kate & Brooklyn
Ashley & Christina
Chelsea & Meredith
Melissa & Chesley
Rachel & Sarah
Brandon & Neil

If I had twins I would not use matchy names. They would definitely not have names that started with the same letter. However, I know that they would both be unique, less-often-heard names, because that is the name style that DH and I prefer. Pretty much they would both just get names that we love off our list of faves, just like all of our singleton children Smile

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I honestly can't think of a single set of twins that I know or knew. I mean, I know I've met twins, but I was never "friends" with any and I can't think of any names of those that I've met. :roll:

I've always wanted twins. In thinking about what to name my twins, I just thought of names that I liked a lot, no special or different rules to think about.

For G/G twins I'd want (but DH would probably object cause we have such different tastes) Kristin and Leyna (lai-nah).

For B/B twins I'd want Micheal and Joseph

and for B/G I'd like Kristin and Micheal or Kristin and Joseph.

though for some reason I don't like ANY of those especially well for this baby, interesting that I like them when paired with another name, but not apart. :confused:

My cousin has Irish twins (born a year apart) and they are Jason and Jaxon (pronounced Jackson) and I can't understand why she'd want to name them alike. :dontknow:

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"ange84" wrote:

I have seen Cara and Mia suggested as twin girl names before, put together it means my beloved in Italian IIRC

We named our two dogs Cara and Mia!

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I also would not give twins names with the same first letter, nor would I give them rhyming names. I would want them to have their own identities. If I was having twin girls, my picks would be Bella and Leila. I'm prego with a boy now and his name will be Trystan, but if he were a twin the other would be Lincoln. Totally different... but I guess they both sound the same on the ends lol!