Twin Girls Names!!!

Hello! I’m Maisie and I’m expecting twin girls on Febuary 13th! I already have a five year old called Ben and I’m really looking forward to having two more additions to our family! I’m a single ma by choice and have raised Ben on my own and am going to raise the girls on my own as well. I live in Brooklyn, New York but grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. I’m looking for a modern and sleek pair of names that sort of reflect my Nashville roots. I want a pair of names that goes well togeather but doesn’t sound to cheesy. I know this is quite a specific set of preferences but I do already have some suggestions. I am really open to EVERYTHING your have to offer. Be it brand new names that go together or you r favourite names out of the ones I’ve given. I also have on more little thing that you could maybe use?! We will be moving to Paris in March next year. (I know it’s a bit all over the place with having twins and moving across the world a year later but I was offered  transfer before I realised I was pregnant and I’ve always wanted to live abroad and I think it will be really good for the kids). So if you have any names that won’t sound to out of place in France! 

Thank you so much and all advice is welcome!

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December 10, 2018 12:13 PM

SORRY I forget to mention the names I like (pregnancy brain!), they are

Isabelle & Abigail

Rose & Eléonore 

Mackenzie & Adeline

Pheobe & Loralai

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December 10, 2018 6:56 PM

This is the second thread in a week and a half where the original poster has consistently misspelled Phoebe.  Figure that out before you name your poor kid!

 

My preferences from your list are Abigail, Adeline, and Phoebe.  There are a zillion little Addies in the kindergartens and day cares right now though, so I would strike that one (I know of one school with 5 Addys in the same grade, all of whom spell Addison/Adilyn differently).  Eleanor would be nice, but Eléonore seems kind of forced to fit with your trip to France.  Is that the version you would otherwise choose?

 

Also, consider picking two individual names and then confirming that they're okay together rather than only looking at names as pairs.  I think it's important to remember that you are naming two separate people.

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December 10, 2018 7:20 PM

Pheobe is for my grandmother who passed away seven years ago, that is how she spelt her name and I now it is different but I wanted to completely honour her. She raised me until I was twelve and is the only reason I plucked up the courage to have Ben and now these twins on my own. I did toss around spelling it correctly but my Grandmothers name was misspelt as a mistake on her birth certificate and I just thought that it would be nice to use that name and not have it be a mistake. Sorry for ranting, this is just a really personal subject for me, andIt is defiantly going to be ultimately in the name be it in the middle name or the first name.

Thank you for your advice on the picking two separate names and not thinking of them in pairs. Also, my son really loves the name Ren, I like this name but don’t love it, should I take it into consideration?

I wasn’t aware of the overwhelming popularity of Addy, my chosen nickname was actually Lina, but it is very good to know how popular it is. I was not aware of the different spelling of Eléonores. I did not think it sounded forced but that’s probably just because all the Eléonores I know spell their name like that. 

Looking at the names separately ive always loved the names Caitlin and Noel but thought they sounded very mismatched. What do you think?

Maisie

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December 11, 2018 2:48 AM

um  I dont know about the name Ren - maybe Wren if you use it,  but you would need a similar type name to match

Yes there are a number of ways to spell Eleonore, Elenor, Eleanor, etc

I think Caitlin and Noel are mismatched - I would spell it Noelle for  a girl

 

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December 10, 2018 4:48 PM

I like Isabelle and Abigail, Rose and Elenore, Adeline and Phoebe.  I like Loralai, not sure about it in France though

other names Amy, Annabel, Claire, Josephine, Madelyn, Natalie, Claire, Michelle, Angeline, Caroline, Eloise, Genevieve, Juliet, Vivienne, Catherine, Celeste, Chantal, Coralie, Delphine, Elodie, Estelle, Eveline, Gabrielle, Giselle, Jacqueline, Jocelyn, Lisette, Louise, Lucette, Madeleine, Marguerite, Marielle, Monique, Nicole, Odette, Rosalie, Sabrina, Sidonie, Sophie, Suzanne, Suzette, Sylvie, Yvette, Yvonne

 

 

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December 10, 2018 6:12 PM

I LOVE the Adeline and Pheobe pairing. It sounds really nice! And thank you for pointing out Loralai, ironically I though that was one of the ones that sounded most French, but I googled it and it is actually really uncommon in Europe comapred to the U.S. I like Madeline and Sidonie. I really like Claire and Sylvie. I also like Rosalie but weirdly when I hear that name i think of Twilight? But what do you think of the Madeline/Sidonie, Claire/Sylvie pairings? I’m glad you like the Isabelle/Abigail and Eléonor/Rose pairings.

Maisie

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December 11, 2018 2:51 AM

Ella, Izzy or Lina are ok nn

Madeline/Sidonie and Claire/Sylvie are nice together

 

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By rfb
December 11, 2018 9:50 AM

Lorelei is a figure from a folk myth. It’s a bit akin to calling your daughter Snow White. If you’re planning on living in Europe, I’d probably stay away from that name.

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December 11, 2018 10:47 AM

Thank you so much, I had no idea. Thank that name is definatly vetoed!

Maisie

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December 11, 2018 11:24 AM

I have to disagree. Europeans are no more plugged into ancient culture than Americans in my experience. As the mother of a S!byl, I have had to explain the mythical association about 85 percent of the time, and I'm thinking the 15 percent I get away with is from hanging out with a bunch of writers. We've also been asked if we made it up, and if it's a boys' name, though I'm guessing the last one wouldn't happen with Lorelei. 

Snow White is an extremely famous story popular throughout the west, and I would expect most people to know that character, though not necessarily her English name. I don't think Lorelei is in the same league at all, and it fits into the "liquid, pretty, starting with L" trend around where I live.

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By rfb
December 11, 2018 3:46 PM

Granted, ‘Europe’ is maybe too wide - I’d expect people to know her in Germany, but also in Luxembourg and parts of Belgium and France (she supposedly was a siren who sat on a rock near St. Goarshausen, there’s a statue of her there).

In contrast, S!byl has a long history as a given name, which Lorelei doesn’t have, at least not in any European country that I know of. 

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December 11, 2018 6:25 PM

Thank you for this BEAUTIFULLY written explanation. I like ve this forum because it offers so many different perspectives! I think it’s really significant of the coronation between Europe and America. And it is really good to know that it wouldn’t be as in need of explanination in Europe!

Maisie

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December 10, 2018 5:08 PM

Wow - you are brave! I had twins earlier this year and while they are actually really good babies (much easier than my older two were) it is a huge job for my husband and me. I can't imagine doing it on my own, and there's no way I'd entertain moving overseas so soon after. I hope you have lots of support, both in New York and then in Paris.

 

I think you have some lovely choices for the names. As far as I'm aware the trend in France is for short, sweet and international names, rather than traditional French choices, so I don't know how names like Isabelle, Adeline or Eleonore would be received there. But certainly in an English-speaking context, they would work beautifully.

 

The only thing I would avoid is using a name like Mackenzie. If I met a sibset with names Ben, Mackenzie and Adeline (or Abigail, Rose etc) I wouldn't be certain whether Mackenzie was a boy or a girl.

 

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December 10, 2018 6:03 PM

Thank you for your support of my descion! I do have a brilliant support system set up here (Shout our to my FABULOUS best friend Greta!) And am working out who I know in Paris at the moment, this is going to sound COMPLETELY random but if you have ANY advice on having twins. (One of the Things I’m trying to work out is if I should put them in separate rooms to stop them waking up each other? Or how to make Ben not feel neglected would be MUCH appreciated). Sorry for going on about that it’s just really lovely to find someone who not only supports you but has also gone through something similar is always lovely. Also how brave of YOU for having four! I have no idea how I’m going to manage three so full on kudos for managing it so awesomely.

ANYWAY thank you for the shorter name tip. I didn’t know that so it really helps. What would you think of Ela, Izzy or Lina?

 

Also thank you so much for pointing out the Mackenzie male name. I’d never really thought about saying the names togeather and I hear it as well.

Thanks so much for your great advice

Maisie

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December 10, 2018 8:58 PM

Well, your situation is already different to mine, so what has worked for me may not for you. But in answer to your specific questions, my twins are in the same room. They spent 9 weeks in NICU/Special care, and I think they must've gotten used to all the noise and bright lights, because they're pretty good sleepers. Also, I was still breast-feeding (with formula top-ups)  when we brought them home, so it was easier to have them in the same room with me for night-time feeds.

Now they're just on formula and have just started sleeping though the night (at 6 months corrected) so when my husband has some time off over Christmas, we're going to move them into their own room.

 

As for your son, it will depend a lot of his age and personality. My first two were 4 & 5, one at school and one at kindy, and they've coped quite well. And my son, aged one and a half when his sister was born, also coped quite well - but then he's very independent. My daughter has enjoyed helping with the babies - holding bottles, choosing their clothes, things like that, and my son just likes playing with them. They've both also liked having special time with grandparents, aunts and uncles and other friends who take them out (and spoil them rotten!) so I can have a break, especially during the school holidays.

 

As for the names, Ella and Lina would work well. I'm not sure about Izzy though - maybe Bella is better as a short form of Isabelle?

 

And I know you already explained about Pheobe, but I just wanted to point out that I didn't even realise it was misspelled in your first post - I just read Phoebe. I think if you do decide to use it, you should be prepared for it to be misspelled a lot.

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December 11, 2018 2:39 AM

Thank you so much for your advice! It is honestly INVALUBLE! I’d really been worrying about the question I asked you, specific the room one, and your advice has helped so much! I thought about Bella, but thought that it might confuse people into thinking she’s Isabella? Again, thank you for the Pheobe advice, it is not something I’ve thought of and it’s really helpful. One last thing, Well Done on getting them to sleep through at six months! Ben took about eleven! 

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December 11, 2018 10:48 AM

On another thread you wrote that Ben is short for Benjiman. If that wasn't a typo and you've had the experience of having a child with an unusual spelling of a known name then Pheobe should work just fine for you. If not, do your child a favour and put it in the middle. 

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December 11, 2018 11:25 AM

Yeah,  Ben is short for Benjiman. Thanks for your advice on putting it in thr middle.

 Maisie

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December 11, 2018 5:52 PM

Hi! I think it's really great that you're adopting twins (and moving to Paris). I grew up in the more northern states, so I'm not too familiar with southern names. For some "French name advice", I would suggest Suzanne, or Evette, Cosette, Adelaide, Madeline, or Michelle

For just random names I think are pretty and go with ben are

Mallroy, Evangeline, Eva, Eve, Anna, Rebecca, Rose, Rosilina, Paige

 

Have fun with names no matter what you choose!

Also, if you go on to "Name Games" on Forum, click on the Girl, Girl twin sets game, and (who knows), you might find some ideas you like!

 

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December 11, 2018 6:20 PM

Thank you for your brilliant advice (I’m not actually adopting, even though I very nearly did). I like Madeline what names do you think that would go with? I really like Paige and Rebecca. I LOVE them seperatly and think they sound lovely togeather. I think I’m going to seriously consider them what do you think? Thank you so much!!! I really love your suggestions!

Maisie

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December 12, 2018 8:10 AM

No problem on the advice. Happy to be a Help! 

For names that I think go with Madeline: Camille, Sophie (also French), Gretchen, Gabrielle, Genevieve (stuck on g), Finliegh, or June. Evelyn? Also liked your Pheobe idea with this one.

Paige: I might go on the shorter side since Paige is already one. I would consider maybe the ell- names (Elle, Ellie, Elliana, Eliza) Vivian, Gwen/Gwyn or Beth.

For Rebecca - I can't really think of one actually except for maybe yours! I can't really think of anything else!

I hope these ones helped too! (sorry about the adoption thing, I totally read wrong!)

 

Ashley

 

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December 12, 2018 10:19 AM

I LOVE Camille. And I love the sound of Madeline and Camille togeather. I also think that Paige and And Gwen sounds really nice togeather, but I think that I still prefer Paige and Rebecca. I don’t know why I just think that those names not only speak to me but just sound really lovely. My only issue with Madeline and Camille is that it may sound a bit too french? Thank you so much for names! They are so beautiful!

(Also don’t worry about the adoption thing, I’m just glad you support being a single ma!)

Maisie

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December 12, 2018 12:24 AM

Just chiming in to say that I love the idea of using Pheobe after your grandmother, especially since the two of you were so close. I have no idea how it would function in a French-speaking environment, so that may be an issue, or maybe not. Where did you come up with Lorelai? Do you have another relative you'd be interested in namesaking with the other twin?

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December 12, 2018 10:40 AM

Aww, thank you! I hadn’t actually thought of it in a French speaking environment, I’ll do some research within the French communities I know of. Lorelainis just a name I like. No particular connection to anything. My grandma raised me from birth to 12. I wouldnt want to name them after my mom and I don’t know how my pop is. So the only other namesakes I can think of are below. (A couple are men if you know the female counterparts please tell me!!!) 

Jacqueline (Jackie)-My teacher in high school that helped and inspired me to apply to law school

Adam-My Granpop, he died when I was seven but was just a really nice man

Karoline-My aunt. She is just brilliant and funny and great

Carris-My great-great Grandma. I never met her but she was an entopenur and the namesake for MY middle name!

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December 12, 2018 12:52 PM

Adamina and Addison/Addy are both female variants of Adam (well, in Addison's case, a male form of Adam that has turned female). I also think Ada could work well as a namesake even though it's unrelated. 

Pheobe and Jacqueline and Pheobe and Carris are both adorable!

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December 12, 2018 3:27 PM

Jacqueline is a lovely name and French too

Adam - maybe Adama, Adamina, Adamaris Adamari

Karoline is nice

Carris - I think would be nice as a middle name

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December 12, 2018 1:56 AM

I like both Isabelle and Abigail, but I would not pair them for sisters, especially twins.  I just feel like I'd constantly be tripping over the names and calling them Isagail and Abibelle or something.  

How do you feel about Claire?  As soon as I heard Paris, that was the first name that popped into my mind.  Twins Paige and Claire would be a great sibset.  Ben, Paige, and Claire. 

If you like the shorter, crisper name style, other options that might work well for you and also go nicely with Ben (and Paige) might be:  Anna, Eva, Charlotte, Zoe, Margot, Clara, Maya, Elena, Lila, Juliette.

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December 12, 2018 10:42 AM

I like Claire but DO NOT think it sounds nice with Paige. I don’t know why I just think it sounds a bit synthetic. I like Eva and LOVE Lila. Do they sound nice togeather.

Maisie

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December 16, 2018 4:55 AM

If you like Claire, Clara is more trendy over in France and in my opinion sounds nicer. Since you like Isabelle and Adeline, another name you hear a little but not too much over there is Arabelle. Clara and Arabelle go nicely bc of the R and A sounds. Pheobe is a great middle name and I don’t think you need to change the spelling at all! All the best with choosing and update me if you’ve chosen xx 

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December 15, 2018 3:53 PM

From your list, I like Pheobe the best.

I like the spelling of Lena better than Lina.

 

I liked the suggestions of:

Camille

Claire

Mallory

 

Gwen

Eve

Lila

 

And I'll add:

Adele

Delphine

Daphne

Thea

Nia

 

Bianca

Soleil

Ruby

Julia

Simone

Ariel

Zoe

 

Combos:

Pheobe & Lila

Pheobe & Adele

Pheobe & Camille

Pheobe & Gwen

Gwen & Lila

Eve & Lila

Gwen & Thea

Claire & Lila

Mallory & Gwen

Mallory & Camille

Gwen & Camille

Mallory & Adele

Eve & Zoe

Zoe & Nia

Zoe & Thea

Thea & Gwen

Thea & Camille

Ruby & Julia

Camille & Julia

Bianca & Ariel

Bianca & Simone

Adele & Simone

Adele & Claire

Adele & Bianca

Simone & Delphine

 

 

 

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December 16, 2018 1:18 PM

Thank for brilliant suggestion. I’ve been looking at other posts and have decided to do the pick you favourite add one and remove one. Using your brilliant suggestions the list is below. They are a mix of combos and singular names so please do the add and remove to each list. Also I’ve decided on Pheobe and Jacquline for the middle names 100%. That is definatly down to you all suggesting that so THANK YOU. Ok...

P.S please also say your favourite 

Singular names 

Camille 

Gwen

Mallory 

Adele

Julia

Claire

Clara 

Evelyn (Evie) 

Isabelle

Abigail

Rose 

Elenor 

MacKenzie

Adeline

Noelle

Sylvie

Madeline

Sidonie

Juliet

Natalie

Louise 

Lila

Thea

Simone

Josephine 

 

PAIRINGS

Isabelle & Abigail 

Noelle & Sylvie

Mackenzie & Adele

Elenor & Rose

Madeline & Sidonie

Claire & Sylvie 

Clara & Juliet

Evelyn & Julia

Natalie & Mallory 

Gwen & Louise 

Abigail & Juliet 

Natalie & Rose

Evelyn & Camille

Isabelle & Elenor 

Abigail & Adele 

Josephine & Simone 

Lila & Thea

Clara & Isabelle

Thea & Louise

Abigail & Rose

Elenor & Adele

Mac!enzie & Madeline

Mallory & Julia

Julia & Josephine 

Thea & Noelle

Noelle & Clara

Simone & Camille 

Mallory & Gwen

Mallory & MacKenzie

Sylvie & Rose

Evelyn & Abigail 

Simone & Sylvie

Noelle & Adeline

Thea & Sidonie

Lila & Evelyn

Gwen & Clara

So sorry for the length of this post!

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December 16, 2018 3:54 PM

 

Isabelle & Abigail - love

Noelle & Sylvie - ok

Mackenzie & Adele - I dont think these pair well

Elenor & Rose - nice

Madeline & Sidonie - nice

Claire & Sylvie - lovely

Clara & Juliet - nice

Evelyn & Julia - nice

Natalie & Mallory - sorry dont like Mallory

Gwen & Louise - I dont think these pair well

Abigail & Juliet - nice

Natalie & Rose - I dont think these pair well

Evelyn & Camille - as above

Isabelle & Elenor - as above

Abigail & Adele - as above and I dont like same initials for twins

Josephine & Simone - nice

Lila & Thea - sorry dont like together

Clara & Isabelle - as above

Thea & Louise - as above

Abigail & Rose - as above

Elenor & Adele - as above

Mac!enzie & Madeline - dont like twins starting with same letter

Mallory & Julia - I dont think these work together

Julia & Josephine - same initial dont like

Thea & Noelle - dont think these work

Noelle & Clara - dont think these work

Simone & Camille - nice

Mallory & Gwen - dont think these go toether

Mallory & MacKenzie- same initial

Sylvie & Rose - nice

Evelyn & Abigail  - nice

Simone & Sylvie - same letter

Noelle & Adeline - nice

Thea & Sidonie - nice

Lila & Evelyn - dont go together

Gwen & Clara - as above

  Camille - nice

Gwen - ok

Mallory - dont really like

Adele - nice

Julia - nice

Claire - nice

Clara - nice

Evelyn (Evie) , Isabelle, Abigail, Rose, Elenor  - nice

MacKenzie & Noelle - ok

Adeline, Sylvie, Madeline, Sidonie, Juliet, Natalie. Louise, Thea, Simone, Josephine  - nice

Lila - dont like

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December 17, 2018 5:37 AM

Thank you SO MUCH this is so helpful, I can’t wait to see everyone’s! If you have any a name/pair you want to add and remove then please do! Thank you so much suzannembrown! You’re all awesome!

Maisie

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December 16, 2018 7:44 AM

Congrats!

I am a big fan of honor names and although a I do not have twins, I have three children and have them all middle names that honor family.

So, my advice would be that if you are going to give one daughter an honor name that you also give the other twin an honor name too. Just to be fair. 

I also like the idea of putting Phoebe/Pheobe in the middle spot.  

I love the idea  a short & sweet, international and for your girls. Ben reads that way to me as it is popular in America but also Biblical/Hebrew. Someone will correct me on that i am sure. I just know that the Biblical Benjamin was a brother of Joseph. 

Options:

Anna Pheobe

Claire Adeline (for Adam)

Clara Jacqueline

 

 

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January 10, 2019 12:24 PM

So, as they are due in just over a month ive settled on my final three, just asking for your suggestions!

 

My favourite is...

Abigail Pheobe & Isabelle Carris

Clara Louise & Sylvie Jacquline 

Noelle Rose & Adeline Pheobe

 

My current favourites are Abigail & Isabelle And Noelle & Adeline. I will not be changing the middle names because I love them and don’t want them to move, but I may be open to the first name pairings sawping. Thanks! 

Also, if it sounds weird I am VERY pregnant have been off work for two months and am coping with a sick toddler, my house is half in France and I haven’t seen an adult in two weeks. So PLEASE forgive me. 

Maisie 

 

 

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January 10, 2019 4:47 PM

I love Abigail and Isabelle best,  Clara and Sylvie is lovely too

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January 10, 2019 6:55 PM

Clara and Sylvie is wonderful.  I would make it Clara Pheobe though, to use the name that's most meaningful to you (and I think it's a nicer combo anyway).

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January 11, 2019 5:04 PM

Despite both first names being very, very popular, my vote is for Abigail Pheobe and Isabelle Carris, since both middles honor your beloved relatives. 

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January 14, 2019 7:52 AM

My favorite is Abigail & Isabelle!

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By rooo
January 17, 2019 12:38 PM

I vote for Abigail and Isabelle as well, but would you consider spelling it Isabel? I think it looks better paired with Abigail since they would both end with an "L" but it's just a personal preference and I realize not the traditional French spelling like you have. 

I love your other combos as well, and would be delighted to hear twins named with any of these. 

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January 17, 2019 4:26 PM

I like all those names, but I'm fairly sure that Isabelle reads distinctly middle-aged in France. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it possibly sounds dated in the way a name like Deborah or Linda does for us (picking at random from repeat names among my mom's friends.

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January 18, 2019 1:57 PM

Thank you! I didn'y know this!! It's just like SO popular at the moment I didn'y really think about it like that?! I still just really like the name though. Maybe if it is to old when i get thier i could switch to the middle name?

Maisie

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January 18, 2019 9:15 PM

I know a nine-year-old named Lisa. It's unexpected on her generation, but that covers the first five minutes after meeting her. The rest of the time it's just her name. It'd be the same if you used a name that turns out to be a mom-name or grandma-name in your new community: people would be somewhat surprised, and then they'd get over it.

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January 18, 2019 9:43 PM

I know a 5-year-old named Britney and it's the same thing.

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January 21, 2019 4:44 AM

I think it's more about how the child might feel later on with a dated name. Of course, they may not be in France for the long term, in which case it's completely unimportant. But I found it bad enough having a popular name from my own generation -- I'm glad I didn't have a popular name from my mom's generation. Just saying.

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January 21, 2019 10:38 AM

My sister and I both have names that peaked during the Baby Boomer era but neither of us ever felt like we had old names because we didn't know any adults with our names and I was further helped by having a whole bunch of other girls around my age with my name. With Isabelle, for example, I think that it would help that there would be tons of American girls with her age around. Even if she were the only one in her class in school, with social media she'd be exposed to lots of peers with her name, which would normalize it for her generation.

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January 22, 2019 5:38 AM

True, social media is a game changer for how we perceive our name.

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January 19, 2019 4:00 AM

I wouldnt worry about it,  its a lovely name and pairs to well with Abigail