Is naming twins different from naming any other two siblings? For some parents, the answer is no. They simply choose the two names they like best, in two nearly independent choices. For other parents, "twinness" defines the naming experience and they want to revel in it. They turn to thematic pairings like Hope and Faith or Jaylen and Jayden that mark their kids as a set.
Is there a middle ground? Can you acknowledge the special bond that twins share while letting each name stand alone? And can you do it with an eye toward style, so that each name can win the same parents' hearts?
For parents who seek that middle, here's a starter list of names with a meaningful connection and compatible styles, but independent spirits.
(While most of these names are traditionally gender-specific, some are unisex in usage. Rather than separating the lists by gender, I leave it to parents to decide how they'd like to use these names.)
Alice/Celia: This subtle anagram yields two charming classics with completely different sounds.
Beckett/Marlowe: Two playwrights representing two of the hottest contemporary name styles, double-t names and hidden-o names.
Zoe/Eve: These Greek and Hebrew "life" names look similar on paper, but not spoken aloud.
Orion/Lyra: These twins would share the night sky as constellations.
Matthias/Nathanael : Two apostle names that mean "gift of God"/"God has given." Both names balance a scholarly biblical flavor with simple, unassuming nicknames.
Rima/Amir : These mirror-image Arabic name make a smooth, trim pairing.
Laurel/Daphne : Daphne is the Greek form of Laurel. Both names are thoroughly familiar, but neither has ever been common.