Twin Name Help!!

Hi everyone! It's my first time posting on this site, I used to use others that shall not be named but I didnt find that anyone was very useful on there. I know that here will be different!


I am expecting twins due 2nd April, a boy and a girl. We have a first name picked out for our little girl, but need some help with middle names. For our boy, we have no clue at all what we're going to call him. We had a name picked out but now we don't think that it suits the rest of our family. We would love some new ideas!!


For our girl, we've picked the name Zinnia. Some middle name options we currently have are Quitterie, Catherine, Adeleine and Linnea (like mine). What do you guys think looks best with Zinnia? DO you have any more ideas?


For boys again, we have no idea at all. The name we were thinking about and was my favourite for years is Dimitri. Some other ideas that we've had are Raphael, Romeo, Nicolas and Alexander. My husband loves Alexander becasue its his father's name but the problem is that my name is Alexandria. Would get a bit confusing haha. Any other suggestions and opinions would be greatly appreciated!!


We have a three year old son called Sebastien Felix. Our surname is Prescott if that also helps.


Thank you all so much in advance, Sasha & Oliver


March 7, 2018 8:19 PM



For Zinnia, I definitely think I would stick with Catherine or Adeline. Zinnia Linnea is quite a mouth full to me, and the fact that they *look* like they would rhyme definitely makes me want to pronounce Linnea as lynn-ee-uh, even though I know it isn't. I don't really know how to pronounce Quitterie. Do you have one name that you like most or any that you have chosen for sentimental or other personal reasons? I find that these are usually the best middle name options!


For your boy- I don't know that any of your names are really my style, but they are not bad. I hear Dmitri and think of Crime and Punishment. I guess depending on your perception of the  book/character, that could go a lot of ways? To me, Romeo is strictly related to Romeo and Juliet in a way that Juliet isnt... To me, there are a lot of other cultural references and popular figures named Juliet/Juliette, which tempers that association for me. However, Romeo hasn't been afforded the same spotlight outside of the play, and I am afraid other people will make that association constantly, as well.


Other suggestions for you: Roman (instead of Romeo), Jasper, Lucian, Edgar, Adrian, Dominic.

March 7, 2018 9:04 PM

I like Linnea - because of the connection with you or Zinnia Alexandria/Alexa/Sasha/Lexi/Alexis,Xandria or Zinnia Olive, Olivia/Olivene


I think Alexander would be out if you use your full name all the time - otherwise I think its fine,  although documents and mail could get a little confusing


Dimitri goes well with the surname and Sebastien.  Raphael is nice, Romeo is ok.  Nicolas is nice too

Theodore, Anthony, Dominic, Alastair, Jonathan, Christopher, Gabriel, Nathaniel, Timothy

March 7, 2018 9:16 PM


Zinnia Linnea is so gorgeous, even if it is hard to pronounce. If I had something like that in my family tree, I would definitely go for it. 

I am so tempted to root for Romeo for a boy, but apblue is right about the lack of non-Shakesperean associations. It's up to you. Your other boys names also sound great with Zinnia, although Alexander seems somewhat conservative compared to Zinnia's wow factor. 

March 8, 2018 12:24 AM

You should absolutely name your boy Alexander. If you mostly use Sasha, there'll be zero confusion.

(My maiden name is exactly the same as my mother's married name, down to the lack of a middle name. It led to occasional snafus, but we managed. I did take my husband's name to get away from it, but then we gave our daughter a longer variant of the same name. Different middles, though. Yeah, everyone mispeaks our names occasionally -- our nicknames are not nearly as different as Sasha is from Alexander/Alexandria -- but again, we manage anyway.)

Another option, to up the "wow" factor, is Alexius.

While family significance is worth a lot in middle names, for me, Zinnia Linnea crosses some sort of boundary of sound-clash. I find it nearly impossible to say, because I have to stop myself from echoing the rhythm of Zinnia when saying Linnea.

Zinnia Olive is a bit botanical, and Zinnia Olivia is a bit echo-y, but neither one crosses any lines for me. Or you could do Zinnia Alexandria and Alexander Zeno. :-)

The name of the flower comes from the surname of a German botanist, Zinn, which is the German word for "pewter". Do you happen to have any relatives or ancestors named Lloyd? That's Welsh for "gray", the color of pewter, and I think it would make a handsome middle name. Or there's Farran(d) and variations, an English surname derived either from the given name Ferdinand, or an Old French word meaning 'iron-gray'.

March 8, 2018 2:06 AM

My sister had a friend named Zinnia when we were kids, and it's such a gorgeous and underused name! Of the middle name choices, I think Zinnia Catherine flows the best. Zinnia Linnea is confusingly-almost-rhymey, and Quitterie I've never heard before.

My top choice from your boys' names is Raphael. I also like Dimitri.

Nicolas and Alexander both feel too common/plain next to Zinnia, and I just can't get past the Shakespeare connotation with Romeo.

Maybe Nikolai or Nico instead of Nicolas? Or Dominic. Zinnia & Dominic sounds good.

Instead of Alexander, what about Alastair?


Other ideas:

Zinnia & Mateo/Matteo

Zinnia & August

Zinnia & Lionel

Zinnia & Griffin

Zinnia & Tavi

Zinnia & Theo

Zinnia & Atticus

Zinnia & Julian

Zinnia & Desmond

Zinnia & Cassius

Zinnia & Emil

Zinnia & Milan

March 8, 2018 2:37 PM

Congrats on your twins! I also want to say that I think your son has a fantastic name. :)

With an unusual name like Zinnia I would be inclined to use something more classic for a middle. I think Zinnia Catherine is beautiful and gives her lots of options as she grows.

For your boy twin, I think Alexander is totally usable (and a wonderful namesake) especially if you go by Sasha. Around the house I assume your name is mostly Mom anyway. If you want to stay away from Alexander as a first name you could use it in the middle slot and follow a similar pattern as for your girl - a more unusual first name followed by a classic middle. Raphael Alexander? Or even Romeo. I think use of this a given name really varies depending on culture. I have met more than one Romeo so even though I was an actress for years (and played Juliet more than once) I think it is not too Shakespearean to use.

March 8, 2018 3:51 PM

With Zinnia I also like Catherine best as a middle, I think it flows really well. The only middle option I'd avoid is Linnea because for me that makes the whole name a little botanical-heavy. 

I actually really like Dimitri, I think it pairs nicely with both Zinnia and Sebastien. I also like Nicolas and Alexander and don't think they're too boring with Zinnia. I agree with everyone that said if you mainly go by Sasha it won't be that confusing to use Alexander, but I also think it could be a very good contender for the middle spot to honour his grandfather/you. 

March 13, 2018 7:33 PM

Have you considered literary names attached to Zinnia?

Names (for boys) include

  • Gabriel
  • Salazar
  • Nuchatel
  • Samuel
  • Millian
  • Albitross
  • Homer
  • Illyad
  • Plato
  • Lorna
  • Alfredo
  • James
  • Willhelm
March 13, 2018 11:36 PM

Did you deliberately misspell million, albatross, and Iliad, or have you actually encountered those spellings as names?

I can't make heads nor tails of Nuchatel, can you tell us more about it?

Lorna is traditionally a feminine name - I don't think it has ever "charted" as a masculine name. What made you suggest it for a boy?

I'm also a bit puzzled what any of that list has to do with Zinnia.

March 14, 2018 9:13 PM

Um, I think it may be a creative spelling of the cheese? If remember correctly it's spelled Neufchâtel.

March 14, 2018 10:05 PM

I work in a special collections unit of a university and handle a heck ton of delicate books (today I was working with an edition of Walter Raleigh's History of the World from 1623!) Lots of names that I come across have interesting spellings, and back then, names and words seemed to have less of need to be spelled the same way every time haha! 

I recalled a book (can't really distinguish lots of the blackletter because it's so smudged) but the name Zinnia, also spelled Xinnea and Sinnia with several other variations was present. The names I wrote down are names that I could make out. It was, from what I understand, an Italian text translated into English in 1round the 1700's. 
Nuchatel was a travelling bard from Neuchatel, Switzerland in this book and it's pronounced (NEW-shuh-TELL)
Lorna is a Lord - I thought it was a lady for the majority of the text the first time I went through it and was surprised to find it also has masculine roots!
Millian, I believe, is a variation of Maximillian, or at least a name that Maximillian is derived from.The other names were most frequently spelled wrong but I figured that keeping them the way they were most consistent might be the most true to the book! 


Of the names I listed above, my favourites are Gabriel, James and Willhelm - they're kind of like the "heores" of the story. Of those three, Gabriel suits Zinnia the most as he and Zinnia (Xinnea, Sinnia) were betrothed and then through a series of events ended up falling in love with other people but remained very protective of each other. Gabriel was her guardian, so to speak! 

I'll keep looking for the name of this book, my colleague is having it rebound and facsimilized at the moment!