Brainstorm for twins

Hey guys, remember how I joked about how I hoped my ovaries didn't spit out two eggs to land me with fraternal twins? Well the joke is on us, because they only spit out one...but that one fertilized egg split in two and we are having identical twins (we can tell because they are sharing a placenta on ultrasound). Unfortunately the newer DNA blood test that lets you know the sex at 12 weeks isn‘t recommended for twins so we have to wait until the 20 week ultrasound.  I’m feeling a little less fatalistic about the prospect of naming two more boys because in browsing my Oxford dictionary of first names, I came across a few I liked and hadn‘t really considered and Mr.lorelei sort of liked them (!) and agreed to put them on the list (Anders, Rhys, and it turns out he doesn’t hate Emrys as I assumed he would). 

So awhile back there was this thread where the OP asked for everyone’s top 5 girl names and a lot of us thought it was silly not to give more criteria for style preferences, but it ended up turning into a really cool brainstorming thread.  Because you know, maybe someone on here wouldn’t feel comfortable joining in on a thread about rare Scandinavian names, but has five names he or she loves and one of them might give me an idea that might lead me to plug it into behindthename’s family tree, or something. 

So that being said, what are your five favorite girl names at present, as well as your five favorite boy names? (if you really want to know my style you can click on my user name and see the list but I really just want to know YOUR top 5).


July 25, 2018 3:22 PM

Not really sure if our naming styles are the same, however here are my top 5 for each gender:





Elsie (possibly short for Elizabeth)










I hope this was helpful & Congrats on your twins!!

July 25, 2018 3:30 PM

It is! And thank you! (love Harriet and Kit)

July 25, 2018 3:44 PM


June, Annika, Rosalie, Joanna, Tessa



Forrest, Jesse, Reed, Theodore (Teddy), Leigh

July 27, 2018 12:03 PM

Annika has been a perennial favorite on this board but I haven’t seen it mentioned in awhile :)

July 25, 2018 4:22 PM

Congratulations! I think that asking people to tell you their favourite names is a really good way to get inspiration.

My 5 favourite girl names are Cecily, Edith, Emmeline, Louise and Katherine, and my 5 favourite boy names are Simon, Caleb, Eli, Sebastian and Theodore. 

I don't really tend to make lists of names I like, so seeing all my favourites lined up like that really gives me a good idea of my style, which is neither rare nor Scandinavian.

My middle name is Malin, which is a Scandinavian cognate of Magdalena. My parents chose it in reference to their time spent in Sweden before I was born, so I thought that might interest you. 


July 27, 2018 12:07 PM

Lol, it’s ok; my first son’s name is Scandinavian and I'm 50% Danish, but we’re also exploring names from other parts of our respective heritage(s) (Welsh, French, Irish, English, German for me, Polish, Jewish, Russian for him), as well as, you know, generally awesome names from the English speaking world. 

July 27, 2018 4:10 PM

My favourite Welsh name for girls is Rhiannon (how's that for narcissistic, lol) and for boys is Idris

July 25, 2018 4:31 PM

Girls:  Angelyn, Florence, Roselind, Margaret, Eliza, Katherine, Jane

Boys:  John/Jonathan, Alexander, Nathaniel, Patrick, Paul, William

July 25, 2018 6:53 PM

I'll play along.

Girls (in no particular order):  Helen, Margaret, Cordelia, Agatha, Virginia

Boys (also no particular order):  Arthur, Walter, Albert, Edmund, Benedict

By EVie
July 25, 2018 9:26 PM

I'm not sure these are my *absolute* top 5, or if I even have such a thing, but here are five of each from among my favorites:

Girls: Felicity, Genevieve, Juliet, Marigold, Amalia

Boys: Gabriel, Arthur, Theodore, Nico, Sebastian

Good luck with the wait to find out the sex! Sometimes they can tell at the NT ultrasound around 13 weeks, if they get a good angle, and if they don't know for sure they can often take an educated guess. Both the ultrasound tech and doctor called it correctly with our first. 

July 27, 2018 12:12 PM

Aw, yeah, we already had the NT ultrasound and no such luck. However because twins that share a placenta are high risk, I get to go in for a ton more ultrasounds and we might see it before 20 weeks. That being said, I might ask them not to tell me if Mr.lorelei isn’t at a given appointment. (Seriously I have to have so many it’s daunting)

July 25, 2018 11:08 PM

Theodosia, Artemisia, Sophronia, Fenella, Gwendolen.

Bartholomew, Sylvester, Leopold, Lysander, Percival, Theodoric. (I know that’s six, boys’ nAmes are easier for me.)

July 26, 2018 3:16 AM

I always love your name lists!  I need to get you do brainstorm more boys names for me. While I like the names still on my shortlist I think there are still names out there I can consider.  Bartholomew I really like but dislike Bart, so wouldn't use it.  Leopold and Lysander have both been on my lists at times.  Sadly 'just Leo' is a tad too popular here. No idea why I'd forgotten about Lysander, that made the shortlist for Soren.  Theodoric is good alternative to Theodore, of which I know a couple, although I think it would still get shortened to Theo or Teddy.

I actually know 2 Fenellas (and I do love that name!).

July 26, 2018 9:33 AM

How do you feel about Barto? I ran across it in a novel somewhere, and it gave me a whole new take on Bartholomew/Bart. (The way I say it, it sounds more like Bardo, so it really feels different from Bart to me.)

July 26, 2018 1:21 PM

I once new a Lew/Lou (not sure of spelling) whose full name was Bartholomew. Would that work for you?

July 26, 2018 4:07 PM

I internet-know a family with twins called Lysander and Balthasar, which is a name that always reminds me of Bartholomew without the Bart.

By EVie
July 26, 2018 4:37 PM

Oh, I like Balthasar! Bartholomew always makes me think of that joke from Spaceballs:

Priest: What's your name?

Barf: Barf.

Priest: Your full name!

Barf: Barfolomew!

I can't read the name without hearing it in John Candy's voice. This was a very formative film for me growing up ;)

July 26, 2018 7:34 PM

Balthasar is a great name! 

I think Ollie could work for Bartholomew, as well.

July 27, 2018 6:11 AM

Barto and Lew are good suggestions, I hadn't thought of those. Something to ponder!  I also like the suggestion of Balthasar.  

July 27, 2018 10:47 AM

I also really like the variants Baltazar and Baltasar. I have a student named Baltazar, and it's really appealing on a live human. (I did have to remind myself in the early days that it wasn't B└a└thazar, my husband's college gaming handle.)

July 27, 2018 1:50 PM

I agree that those variant spellings are a bit cleaner looking and might also be less daunting pronunciations.

As a child one of my first pets was a goldfish named Baltazar (the other was Melchior, imaginatively). 

July 27, 2018 12:14 PM

I second Chimu; I always love your lists!

July 27, 2018 1:51 PM

Thank you! It's fun to come up with lists even when one is definitively done with having one's own children to name! (There will always be chickens, though...)

July 26, 2018 3:07 AM

Congratulations on twins! 

My top 5 boys names:







Top 5 girls names (besides my daughter's names) 





Julie / Julia



July 26, 2018 3:12 AM

Congratulations the_lorelai!!!  Very exciting and super fun for us name wise :)  

I haven't progressed past an initial cull of my own shortlists for baby #3 but happy to list what I still have in contention or at least at the top (since the whole lists are longer than 5 for boy and girl). I know we have similar taste.

Ignoring Astr!d El0die and S0ren Augustus which I've already used, current faves for girls are:

Clementine, Cordelia, Xanthe, Zinnia, Ariadne, Juniper, Wilhelmina, Delphine

For boys (which I admit I'm struggling with more):

Ambrose, Caspian/Casper, Octavian/Otto, Balendin, Clement, Remy, Tavish

OK, so that wasn't 5 but at least the ones rising to the top of my own lists for now.

July 27, 2018 1:57 PM

Yep, 3 of your top girls names are in my top 5. And Rémy has been climbing my boys list. It’s uncanny.

July 30, 2018 4:10 AM

I'm very keen to see what you end up naming twins since we do have a style overlap.  Keep us updated!!!  I'd be excited by the prospect of a double naming opportunity but otherwise totally freaked out at the concept of twins :)

July 31, 2018 11:40 PM

Yep, nailed it. Trying to see the silver lining of getting to have three kids after all after deciding this needed to be the last pregnancy. Because all the other aspects are absolutely terrifying.

July 26, 2018 9:11 AM

Congratulations on your unexpected double-naming opportunity!

My favourites for girls include:  Genevieve, Eulalia/Eulalie, Rosemary, Martha, Ottilie and Eilonwy.

For boys: Isidore, Vincent, Harold, Alasdair, Rufus, Casper and Eugene

July 26, 2018 9:46 AM

Rayna, Skye, Genevieve, Leonie, Juniper

Milo, Finn, Ezra, Van, Kai

July 26, 2018 10:26 AM

Congrats! I don't know if I have a set top 5... It feels like they are always changing, save for a few that have held on for years. Right now:


Audrey, Maren, Julia, Juliet, Corinne

Malcolm, Elliott, Calvin, Murray... I don't know that I even have a 5th lol.

July 26, 2018 10:49 AM

Congratulations! I know twins are a daunting prospect but they're also great fun :)

Not sure there's much style cross-over but as you want the variety here are my top names:

Girls- Lyra, Orlaith/Orlagh/Orla (depending how Irish you want to go with the spelling), Juniper, Etta, Anaïs, Jessamine

Boys- Elio and Leon are basically my top two boy names, beyond that I also strongly like Eben, Otis, Caspian, Ari, Ayrton, Killian/Cillian, Linus, Pascal, Marcel, Bram, Tayo

July 26, 2018 11:04 AM

Narrowing it down to 5 is so hard! (Especially when I'm not ruling names out because of popularity, sound with my last name, match with my heritage, overlap with potential siblings, etc.)


  • Eoghan
  • Calvin
  • Jasper
  • Ephraim
  • Phineas



  • Ruby
  • Willa
  • Hazel
  • Marigold
  • Anastasia
July 26, 2018 10:49 PM

Top 5 Boys

Felix, Ezekiel, George, Quincy, Westley


Top 5 Girls

Adeline, Juliet, Felicity, Paulina, Willa

July 26, 2018 11:50 PM

This is hard... but below are my favorite five, or at least the first five favorites that come in my head

Moxie, Greta, Cleo, Leona, Audra

Jack, Maverick, Bennett, Edison, Gray

July 27, 2018 12:48 AM

Congratulations on the twins!


My top 5 names for girls: Agnes/Agnieska, Ingrid, Marigold, Constance, Lorraine.


For boys: Frederick, Lawrence nn Lars, Miles, Peter, Anton.

July 27, 2018 8:06 AM

Anders, Rhys, and it turns out he doesn’t hate Emrys as I assumed he would - others with the S ending Andreas, Elias, Jonas, Lukas, Johannes, Magnus, Mathias, Niklas, Thomas, Tobias, Marcus, Jens, Clemens, Lorens, Frans, Hans, Marius, Nels, Niels, Klas Lars, Niles, Maurits

some other Scandinavian names - Annika, Axel, Mia, Erik, Dahlia, Kai, Karina, Kiersten, Mikaela, Kirsten, Kristen, Anneli, Carin, Casper, Bridgette, Jensen, Kyran, Monika, Mikele, Nessa, Niles, Sanna, Trina, Tyra, Viveca, Annalise, Astrid, Cai, Christa, Clara, Elise, Emilia, Erika, Heidi, Henrik, Ingrid, Katrine, Sigrid, Thea, Vivian, Yvonne, Adele, Alisa, Anita, Ari, Elina, Matilda, Nina, Petra, Sebastian, Susanna, Ursula, Leo, Lisbet, Lucia, Magdalena, Oscar, Roald, Adam, Anton, Alexander, Ida, Janina, Jesper, Lena, Lotte, Lovisa, Malte, Martin, Olivier, Otto

Todd Grant Dean Anthony Saul

Amy Michelle Lyndell Sophie Phoebe

By kbot
July 27, 2018 1:41 PM

Girls: Eleanor, Beatrice, Cecily, Ada ... I can't really think of 5, I have a hard time with girls

Boys: Winston, Leonard (Leo), Henry, Bernard or maybe Bertrand, and new addition of Leland

July 27, 2018 10:51 AM

I already went way over five in that other thread, so for girls I'll just add my favorite Scandinavian name, Meta/Mette.

For boys, my favorite Scandinavian name is Rollo, which has a pretty cool historical namesake.

Other boy name crushes of the moment, plus one or two longtime favorites:

Archimedes (Archi/Ari), Nathaniel, Edmund, Gaius, Cass (could be short for Cassius or Cassian, both of which I also like), Booker, Forrest, Ren, Toku

July 27, 2018 12:54 PM

I find it interesting how so many people didn't include their own children's names in their lists of favourites! Is it because you figure that those names are already known? Don't want to populate the list with names that aren't new and fresh for you? Using this as a fantasy naming opportunity for yourself? Because my daughter's first name would still be top of my list even 4.5 years later. Granted there's only the one so she wouldn't take up much of the list, but I couldn't make a list of my favourite names without including hers. I do, however, understand if you used a family name that wouldn't have topped your list otherwise or needed to compromise with a spouse.


Here's my list as I'm feeling right now. 

Girls: Cordelia, Felicity, Octavia, Gwendolen, Georgia 

Boys: Westley, Graham (only if pronounced GRAY-um), Emeric, Gabriel, Felix

By kbot
July 27, 2018 1:40 PM

Ha! I did consider including my sons' names in my list, but it felt a little narcissistic somehow. That and, while i love the names Benjamin and Theodore, I doubt anybody would think "Ooh, I never thought of the name Benjamin before!"

July 27, 2018 5:16 PM

I considered my children's names (firsts and middles)... but somehow it's more fun to talk about names I don't hear/say every day. And I guess a bit of fantasy naming. 

By EVie
July 28, 2018 10:50 AM

I actually thought about this when making my list! Your last point hits it for me—I chose my son's name for family reasons more than style, and while I *like* the style and it fits in fine with the other names I like, I wouldn't include it in a list of names that I love for purely aesthetic reasons. And it's also so familiar, and so attached to my kid, that it kinda feels like it belongs to a completely separate category in my head.

July 28, 2018 1:02 PM

That last point was written with you in mind, so I'm glad it was on point :D

Of course it makes sense that those who have kids with common or highly familiar names might not include them, but it just struck me as funny.

July 29, 2018 12:58 AM

Ha, I totally would put in at least three of my four kids' names (the fourth was a spousal compromise name that I have grown to love), but I thought that those went without saying, because everyone already knows what I named my kids (at least I feel like I'm recommending their names all the time already). Also, and this is the major reason, I am not wanting to generate a post with all my kids' names in them because as a group they are highly google-able. 

July 29, 2018 9:54 AM

My top 5 changes pretty often but this is what they are currently.

Girls: Emmeline, Charlotte, Louisa, Adelaide, June

Boys: Enoch, Alistair, Elliott, Ward, Benaiah

July 29, 2018 6:12 PM

Congratulations on the twins! Here's my list, and I'll include my own kids in there :)

Girl: Juliet, Pippa, Eleanora, Verity, Coraline

Boy: Walter, Theodore, Arthur, Simon, August

July 30, 2018 7:17 AM


Favorites for girls: Annalise, Susannah, Rachel, Julia, Mary

Favorites for boys: Erik, Luke, Timothy, Caleb, Nathan

July 30, 2018 11:28 PM

okay top 5's not including my kiddo's because there are just so many great options out there!


Cordelia, Josephine (Josie), Selene, Astrid, Arvena


Sebastian, Silas, Elias, Killian, Alonzo

July 31, 2018 5:21 PM


Girls: Eliza, Nora, Violet, Alice, Clara

Boys: Leo, Henry, Theo, Jasper, Ethan (aside from Leo, these tend to change a lot!)