The recent spate of celebrities having twins (they’re not really just like us, are they?) got me thinking about twin names. Now that you can no longer go for cutesy pairs like Merry and Joy or Tim and Tom, how can you find twin names that have a strong unifying element yet are distinct from each other, special in their own right?
One way: Search for names that carry a similar meaning, one that symbolizes something important to you or for your child, and then go on from that list to pick the two most compatible choices. I love playing with nameberry.com’s “search names by meaning” feature, which you should discover for yourself if you haven’t already. Clicking on any of the larger categories will take you to more specific name meanings: brilliant, for example, or red-haired. From there you can go instantly to a list of names with twin meanings.
Playing this name game myself led to some surprising and wonderful choices for twins … and beyond. Here, some great twin name ideas and their joint meaning. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, are you listening?
CLARISSA and LEONORA: bright
EWAN and SINEAD: gracious
ASHER and FELIX: happy
FEDERICA and MILO: peaceful
ESME and IMOGEN: beloved (this one is really perfect, I think)
AURELIA and FLAVIA: golden
ARABELLA and CALLISTA: beautiful
BLAKE and FINLEY: fair
JUDE and TAHILA: praise
ORLANDO and LASZLO or RODRIGO: famous
ALDEN or PALLAS and RAMONA: wise
CYRUS and SAMSON or KALINDI and SURYA: sun
CLANCY and KANE or LOUISE and WALTER or SASHA and OWEN: warrior
In case you’re Octomom, or just looking for a broader range of options, some meanings carry a range of compatible names that can be mixed and matched any number of ways. For instance:
BECAN, KIERAN, GAVIN, LORCAN, REAGAN and RONAN: little
COLTON, DARCY, DELANEY, DONOVAN, LEILA, SULLIVAN: dark
ADA, ALICE, ARTHUR, FREYA, OBERON, SARI: noble
Nameberry (http://nameberry.com) is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of nine bestselling baby name guides, including “The Baby Name Bible” and “Cool Names for Babies.”