Need names for twin girls!

Hi there everyone,

we're expecting twin girls end of September and are a bit stuck with names. We already have a 6-year-old daughter named Poppy Sophia and a 4-year-old boy Theo John. Both Sophia and John are honour names after my mum and my husband's dad. If we find suiting honour names we'd like to use them (either as first or middle, whaetever sounds best), but it is not a must.

However either both girls or neither should get an honour name then. They will mostly be called by their first names only.

 

Here are a few names we like:

Eva / Eve / Evie, Piper (our favourite!! however we are not sure if it's a problem that our first daughter already has a P-name? ), Tatum, Skylar, Sage, Ruby, Madison and Blair. 

 

These are honour names we could use:

Rachel, Ellen, Iris, Amanda

 

Could you suggest which name combinations you think would go best with siblings Poppy and Theo? Or do you have any other name suggestions you think we might like? (we don't want our twins to have names that are too matchy-matchy, though) Last name is Grey.

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July 19, 2015 1:31 PM

I actually like Poppy and Piper together, but it's definitely a matched set of friendly girl names. I feel like if you did Poppy and Piper together, you'd have to either go with another friendly P name for the second twin, like Piper and Paisley, or share a letter with Theo, like Piper and Tatum. 

I noticed that you have Iris as an honor name option, which opens up for an interesting (but subtle) pattern for your girls:

Poppy Sophia - Flower/Color name + Name that means wisdom

Sage Amanda - Sage is both a color, plant, and it means wise + Name that means loveable

Cara Iris - Cara means beloved + Iris is a flower and the goddess of the rainbow. 

 

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July 19, 2015 7:10 PM

My first thought was that Poppy and Piper are a bit too similar for me, but I really liked the above commenters idea on balancing it out by giving the other twin a T name, like Tatum.

As far as your other names, I like most of them, but I don't feel like Ruby and Madison go as well with your other name choices.

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July 19, 2015 9:48 PM

I think Poppy & Piper are too similiar, it's more than just the matching first initial.  They also both have internal Ps and are 2 syllables.  

I really like Ruby from your list, but perhaps Ruby Grey is too much color for one name.  I think Iris also has potential as a first name, if you will consider moving out of the middle name list.  

You've got quite a mix of styles on your current list, so I'm having a bit of trouble picking 2 that seem complimentary.  My favorites together are probably Eva & Ruby.

Other suggestions-May, Nora, Opal, Cora, Tess/Tessa, Audrey, Cleo, Lilah, Sadie

 

 

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July 19, 2015 11:01 PM

My favorite is Eva Rachel.  I find a Poppy & Piper too similar, especially given that one twin would be left out of the matchiness.  Sorry to say that although Ruby is a darling name, I think it is too much color with the last name Grey. Probably the same goes for Sage.  

 

One suggestion: if you could find another "R" first name & used Ellen as the MN, your twins would have opposite initials. A subtle theme.

Eva Rachel &

Rebecca Ellen

Ruth Ellen

Renna Ellen

best wishes!

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July 19, 2015 11:14 PM

I wouldn't object to two P names, but they're also both two syllables with internal Ps. Granted, it's not like you want to name them Poppy, Piper, and Pippa, but I still wouldn't recommend it. From your list, Sage and Blair are my favorites. I really like the idea of Sage Iris and Blair Ellen. I think they go well with your other children's names but don't obviously match.

We have a fair amount of overlap in our tastes, so some suggestions: Olive, Sylvie, Libby, Jade, Wren, Mara, Calla, Ebba.

Other name suggestions from the MatchMaker: Daisy, Phoebe, Willow, Hazel, Ivy, Chloe, Lila, Zara, Sadie, Zoe, Dahlia, Avery, Paige, Flora, Luna, Gemma, Laney, Clara, Daphne.

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July 20, 2015 5:37 AM

I would love to meet twins called Piper and Evie! Both of those sound bright, happy and energetic to me, much like Poppy.

I personally have no problem at all with Poppy and Piper. Although they have similar sounds, they are quite different to me, Poppy being floral and Piper musical and more tomboyish. In any case, 90% of acquaintances from school and such would know either Poppy or Piper, and Piper would be much more associated with her twin than with her older sister.

Theo and Evie would share a nice long e sound for further sibling connectedness.

For middle name combinations I would probably go with Evie Iris and Piper Amanda or Piper Ellen. :)

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July 20, 2015 7:49 AM

The author of blog I read has two daughters named Piper and Poppy (the blog is called "Piper and Poppies" too). At first I was surprised and felt it was too much (I wouldn't consider it for my own children), but it's kind of grown on me as I read the blog. It doesn't hurt that the girls are pretty darn cute, as I'm sure yours would be. I guess it depends on your own tolerance level for similar sounding names - after all, they are your daughters, not ours. 

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July 20, 2015 7:57 AM

Would Harper be a suitable alternative if Piper proves too much for you? It's a similar sound and both are musical occupations, but it's far enough removed from Poppy that it wouldn't cause confusion. Harper and Eve sounds lovely.

Eve was our girl name for our first two pregnancies - both boys - so I'm very partial to it!

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By Fly
July 20, 2015 10:27 AM

I don't mind Poppy and Piper, although that might create a left out thing for the other twin. For me I immediately think of Orange is the New Black. Piper is the main protagonist at least in the first season, her best friend is Polly, and together (before Piper went to prison) they had a business called PoPi, based on their names.

i love Rachel and Amanda as complimentary names, while Ellen (via Helen) and Iris share a Greek origin.

Evie, Ruby and Poppy would be sort of annoying for me, with all the -ee endings, ditto with Piper and Skylar and R sounds... but every rule has been successfully broken.

I wouldn't do Eva Amanda, Blair Rachel, Piper Rachel, Skylar Rachel, Madison Ellen, Eva/Eve/Evie Ellen, Piper Iris, Ruby Rachel, Skylar Ellen, Blair Ellen, Tatum Amanda, Skylar Iris, Ruby Ellen, Ruby Iris, Blair Iris... Saying each of these combos aloud results in tongue twisters, alliteration and weird blending, at least it does for me. Some of these things might not bother you, but that's my thoughts.

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July 20, 2015 11:41 AM

I love Eve and Eva! o me being in the US, Madison is very popular here. Not sure where you are or how popular it is for you, but it seems very different from Poppy and Theo. I think Sage seems like a plant theme- if that makes sense- with Poppy. I think Ruby and Eve sound great together and really match your other names.

Maybe Eve Amanda and Ruby Ellen? Eva Rachel and Blair Rachel?

Other ideas:

Emmeline, Tessa, Willa, Verity, Annabelle, Zoey

 

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July 20, 2015 3:55 PM

Thank you for the lovely suggestions. There are some great ideas, which we're considering.

It seems like the majority doesn't seem to be bothered by Poppy and Piper.. we really really love Piper, but as a few others have mentioned they are quite similar so we're still unsure if we should dismiss it or not. I love the idea of giving the other twin a T name like her brother so she wouldn't feel left out. Somehow I'm not too fond of Tatum anymore... not sure why. I like the name, but I'm not loving it as much as Piper... do you have any other ideas for T names I might like?

We've dismissed Madison for popularity reasons and Ruby (someone pointed out Ruby Grey might be a tad bit too much and I completely agree!). Also not too sure about Sage anymore..

 

The other name we love just as equally as Piper is Eva! I'd love a Piper and Eva, but I'm afraid Eva might feel left out if her sisters had such similar names. My husband wants Blair and Eva, but I'm not sure how well they work together? Skylar is still in the run as well. Even though we've dismissed a couple of names, we've added two more: Paige and Lexi / Lexie (name would actually be Lexi(e), no nn, but not sure abt spelling yet).At some point we were thinking to just go with P names for our daughters and T names for boys. As we really liked Piper and Paige, but having watched Charmed when I was younger that's a no-no, unfortunately, even though I would have loved those names. We also quite like Penny and Phoenix as P names! Or do you think that our son might feel left out being the only one with a T name so far?

Funny someone mentioned a sibset Poppy, Piper and Pippa haha we actually liked the name Pippa too (we have something going for girl two-syllable girl names with lots of "P"s at least so it seems) and my husband actually thought that was fun for a sibset, but I agree with QLexE - that's another absolute no-no!! So we've immediately dismissed Pippa as it is waaaay too close to Poppy, but I couldn't say goodbye to Piper just yet... fell in love with this name somehow.

 

Sorry for the long post!! :)

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July 20, 2015 4:56 PM

Honestly, if I met 3 sisters with all P names, I'd think of Charmed-it wouldn't matter what those names were.  Since some people will make the association anyway, why not use Piper & Paige if those are the ones you like best?  It's way too much P for my taste, but siblings sharing initials works for some people.

I have to admit that I'm not crazy about Lexi/Lexie as the given name.  In middle school I knew a girl named Lexy who was constantly teased with "sexy Lexy."  When it got to be too much, she switched to her full name (Alexandra).  If a name as obvious tease/rhyme potential I think it's better to use something that has a back-up plan built in.

Your names are pretty diverse as far as style goes.  To me, Tatum, Blair & maybe Paige would get grouped together.  Piper, Skylar, Madison & Sage would be another group (though I think Piper could also work here).  Eva, Poppy & Ruby seem like another style-group.  Because of this, I'll suggest T names that I think could work with each style grouping.   Taylor, Teagan, Tierney, Tamsin, Tess/Tessa, Tai, Trinity, Talia

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July 20, 2015 6:09 PM

A T name that would sound great with Poppy, Theo, and Piper is Thea (pronounced TAY-ah). That spelling is probably too close to Theo, so perhaps spelling it "Téa" or "Taya" would do the trick? 

I also really love Tessa, as a previous poster mentioned. 

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July 20, 2015 6:45 PM

Have you considered any longer names with the last name Grey? I think it would flow very well. Just a though..

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By Fly
July 20, 2015 10:01 PM

My family pronounces Thea as TEE-ah, but that is likely a Germanic heritage thing in that side of the family.

Thea "TAY-ah" Gray would almost certainly get Tay-ah, Gray-ah at least once In her life, though aside from being rhymey that doesn't mean much to anyone (It's not a double entendre or anything as far as I'm aware).

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July 20, 2015 6:51 PM

I agree with the other poster that three P names would definitely remind people of Charmed regardless! But speaking of, what do you think about Phoebe? I think that goes well with Polly without having the two 'P' sounds. I really love Eva and Blair, and I think they sound great together as well as with your other kids' names. A plus with that is that you don't have to worry about having one P name and having one kid feel left out (not that I think they would!)

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July 21, 2015 3:32 AM

I agree. I don't think kids feel as left out as parents think they will. I was definitely the odd one out in my family, and it was not a problem. Well, as a name lover I wished my parents had not dropped the ball on my name so much, but I never felt like I wasn't one of the family.

I have to say I'm not a fan of the all-P names for girls all Ts for boys thing. I just think it's quite limiting, and risks making the kids feel like the theme was more important than their individual name. I know an all C family of four, and it was obvious the parents were scraping the barrel a bit by the time the fourth one showed up.

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July 21, 2015 3:26 AM

I do think Piper and Poppy are too close - I'd expect one to be a nickname for the other. (I know a Piper who goes by Pippi.) Great names, both, but I think having chosen one I'd put the other into the universe of names that have been regretfully eliminated.

Tamsin is fun because it comes from the a root meaning twin, and it's another name that, like Poppy and Theo, has a vaguely British charm. It repeats an initial but not a sound. Freya is another one in a similarly unfrilly, British-leaning direction, as is Imogen.

Have you tried the name matchmaker? I like the suggestions of Hazel, Fern, Ione, Olive, Vera, Willa, Avis, Hattie, Zelda, Zora, June.

 

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July 21, 2015 8:55 AM

The "sexy lexy" thingy was a good point, we've eliminated Lexie as we're not too keen on names that Lexie could be short for. My husband wasn't too fond of Tamsin, but he did like Tammin, which is similar and I quite like it too..what do you think? I never noticed that Theo and Poppy had a "British" feeling, but I really like that! I'm British, but my husband is American and we live in the US, so knowing my kids names have a British feeling pleases me (even though it was unintentionally). Are there any other names with a "British" feel you could suggest?

With tears in my eyes I have dismissed Piper :'( Poppy also loved Piper, maybe it'll be our next dog's name then :P Instead of Piper both Paige and Penny are now in the run in case we decide to use a P name for one of the girls

We've tried to combine a few of the names we like into sets (without middle names for now) - what do you think? Which one would you prefer?

 

Eva & Paige or Penny

Eva & Blair

Blair & Paige or Penny

Skylar & Blair (is the ar/air thing too much?)

Eva & Skylar

Eva & Lydia (- our newest addition to the list)

Tammin & Paige or Penny

 

 

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By Fly
July 21, 2015 9:31 AM

Poppy, Theo.. Eva and Paige sounds good out loud, but I like Eva and Lydia better as independent names.

Skylar and Blair aren't too similar to each other and they don't rhyme, at least in my Aussie accent.

Tammin reminds me of Tammin Sursok, a South African-Australian actress who was on the Australian soapie 'Home and Away' when I was in school. As it happens, behind the name doesn't list Tammin at all, so I'm not sure what it means, though it might be related to Tamsin, which is a feminine variant essentially of Thomas (or Thomasina). A Google search is only slightly more enlightening, apparently there's a place in WA called Tammin... And it looks like the entirety of the google images are of the aforementioned actress (apparently she was in The Young and The Restless, Hannah Montana and Pretty Little Liars as well, so there you go).

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July 21, 2015 1:06 PM

Tammin is fun! I would bet that while it's primarily a place-name (I'd guess the Australian actress was probably named for Tammin, Australia), but I'd also believe that it has convergent origins as a Tamsin variant, since the feminizations of Thomas have ranged delightfully all-over historically (here is a list of medieval useages - http://dmnes.org/name/Thomasse, where you will not find Tammin, but lots of other diversity).

I would say no to Penny on the same grounds as Piper, but I think it's not as major an overlap - while I wouldn't do it, I think you could. While we're at the "nicknames for Penelope" genre, (I've heard both Poppy and Penny as nicknames for Penelope), any interest in Nell?

I like Eva and Blair and Lydia and Tammin best from your list. Paige is I think usable, too - it's not as overlapping in sounds and feel with Poppy as Piper or Penny.

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July 21, 2015 12:12 PM

Of your list, I think Blair and Skylar sound pretty solidly non-British. They might actually be wildly popular there, but they feel to my American ear the most New-World, perhaps because both are more recent coinages as girls' names.

Some names that feel British to me (totally unscientific):

  • Lucy
  • Alice
  • Fenella
  • Camilla (though I'm sure real Brits probably have strong feelings about this one)
  • Honora
  • Augusta
  • Horatia
  • Cressida
  • Anthea
  • Sophronia
  • Charlotte
  • Emma
  • Mathilda

Jane

Trying to rationalize this list, it looks like obvioius feminizations, and other -ella/-etta names that are somehow less princess and more clunky (generally in a good way--I'd put Nigella and Prunella also in this category, but they're somehow more clunky-in-a-bad way); a bunch of classical names, though they feel more Victorian-British rather than modern-British to me; and a bunch of Jane Austen or other British author inspired names. Anything in there heading in the right direction?

I think you're wise to nix the all-P theme; shared initials for twins can cause a lot of logistical problems. I'd actually be a little wary of sharing one P with big sister, as it may lead folks to make assumptions about which girls are twins. I can imagine if you used, say, Paige and Blair that Blair might get tired of reminding people that she's Blair, not Poppy.

P.S. Since you've eliminated Piper for a human baby, I can share what's been going through my head since reading your thread: Preppies Poppy, Piper, and Pippa prep peppy pumpkins to properly pop purple peppers.

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July 21, 2015 12:23 PM

Thanks for all these suggestions! I love Mathilda and Lucy - and in my eyes they'd make a nice pair too! They're going on the list, thanks :) My name is Charlotte, so that's off the table, even though my husband wanted to use it as a middle name at some point, but we probably won't. Emma and Jane are lovely too, but I think I'd prefer Lucy and Mathilda. I also like Eva and Mathilda or Eva and Lucy...

on the middle name front we have also added Anna as an honour name, but I feel like it doesn't really flow well with any of the other names we've picked out unless we use it as a first name.

 

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July 21, 2015 2:17 PM

Eva and Lucy make a lovely pair of names for twins: they're equitable (similarly short, simple, and classic, and very similar popularity-wise) without being at all matchy.

Don't worry about flow with middle names: you can use flow as the tiebreaker between equally important honor names, but it will not otherwise come up at all in everyday usage.

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July 22, 2015 12:08 PM

I like all those combos! I'm a sucker for Mathilda nn Tilda (Tildy/Tilly are also cute). If you're worried about having a shorter name with Mathilda, I think Evie and Tilda, Eva and Tildy, or Lucy and Tilda are all well-matched (along with Eva and Lucy, as mentioned above).

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July 22, 2015 2:27 PM

I LOVE Tilly as a nickname! I really like Eva and Mathilda nn Tilly... My husband is leaning slightly towards Lucy and Mathilda, while I can't seem to let go of Eva (unless we changed it to Eve or Evie which I also love). Skylar and Blair are also still in the run even though they seem to be pretty American unlike my other kid's names.

Why is this so difficult? :D

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July 24, 2015 3:41 AM

I think Skylar and Blair are a really cute pair. 

You seem to really like Eva, so why not try to find a name that works well with it.  Eva means life and someone suggested the name Zoe, which also means life.  This may be a cute way to tie the names together through their meaning.  Zoe and Eva are cute together without being match and go with the siblings na ex.  

I think Vivian, Vida, and Viva also mean life. 

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July 24, 2015 10:07 AM

Soo since we did not seem to get anywhere - we both loved different combination of names etc - we've decided we will each be choosing a first name for one baby and a middle name for the other. This way we both get to pick a first and middle name for BOTH babies, without "favouring" one of the babies.

This is what we came up with:

Eva Caroline and Mathilda Iris

( I've picked Eva and mn Iris after my grandmother and OH has picked Mathilda and mn Caroline after his mother) - only thing bothering me a tad bit is that all of my children's name will have two syllables except Mathilda, my husband doesnt really care for it, though... am I overthinking it?

 

OR the alternative with two 3-syllable names:

 

Alyssa Caroline and Mathilda Iris


OR our "wild card":

 

Skylar Iris and Blair Caroline

(to be fair if we were to use this combination Blair would be the only one with a 1-syllable name, but somehow it doesn't bother me as much, probably because the names don't seem as far apart in length as Eva and Mathilda)

 

 

Which one would you prefer?

 

 

 

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July 24, 2015 10:23 AM

I like Eva and Mathilda best. These sound like your favorites, and I think they're both beautiful. With the middle names you've chosen, they will have exactly the same number of syllables in their full names. And if you want a two syllable call name for Mathilda, there are many great nickname options.

That said, you could also wait until you meet them to finalize the choice. You might discover that one girl really looks like an Alyssa and the other a Blair, or something equally unexpected.

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July 25, 2015 9:02 PM

Eva and Mathilda are lovely together! That's my favorite combo. 

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By thegang3452 (not verified)
July 24, 2015 10:26 AM

Piper and Tatum are great together, and your kids Poppy and Theo will feel important, because their new sisters share the first letter of names!

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July 24, 2015 10:28 AM

Love Eva and Mathilda! Go for it! I think you're definitely overthinking on the syllables...

Mathilda with or without the h now? I think without is more common, though I like it both ways a lot.

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July 24, 2015 12:11 PM

I love your naming process and the finished results (option A).  The names are gorgeous and similar in style. Both girls have an honor name. Syllables aren't a big deal, in my book.  Maybe more of an issue if you had chosen  a very short and a very long name (like Mae and Chrsanthymum).  

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By kbot
July 24, 2015 1:17 PM

Eva and Mathilde are lovely. The middle names are fantastic. I wouldn't worry at all about the number of syllables, go with the name you prefer over one you chose just to match the siblings. 

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March 22, 2018 7:11 PM

I love the P&T idea!! I also like Evie and Iris, and the others names are too common for me, especially considering that you have Poppy and Theo. But matching twin names are cute, like ones that have a similar sound so they aren’t the same. Also like the color idea. 

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March 22, 2018 7:35 PM

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