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June 11, 2018 05:29 PM

Hi everyone, I just wanted to come back with an update, because I so appreciated all your help! Our two tiny twins arrived way back in April, born at 31 weeks due to pPROM. They surprised us by being two girls - I was convinced we were having a boy and a girl!


We went with my favourite name - Johanna, and DH's favourite - Catalina. We've received so many positive comments on their names, and I have no regrets. Johanna gets mispronouced/misspelled as Joanna A LOT, but as I like both versions it doesn't worry me too much.


If they had been boys, we had agreed on Edmund and Kieran. At the last minute DH said he really, really liked Linus better than Kieran. So I guess it's good they turned out to be girls, or we would've ended up with Lewis and Linus :)


Our girls are now home with us after a long 9 weeks in NICU/Special Care. They are still very little, and will have some challenges ahead due to being premmie, but they are perfect to us and we couldn't be happier.


March 8, 2018 05:17 PM

You'd think after the number of scans that I've had (up to weekly scans at the moment) that I could tell the different bits apart, but no. I know when they're looking at the heads, because they are clearly head shaped, but that's it! Earlier on it was easier because I could see the whole baby on the screen (and really early on, two babies on the one screen!) but now I have no idea. And the sonographers are good and ask me every time if I know the genders, and when I say no they just say they won't look.


And, yes, part of the reason I like having a surprise is because I want to know what names DH and I would choose for either a boy or girl (or in this case - two boys or two girls!) I like being able to say to my kids with certainty, this is what you would've been named had you turned out to be the opposite gender.

March 6, 2018 04:07 PM

I don't feel incredibly strongly about using Edmund and Caspian together; in fact the more I think about it the more I like Edmund and Kieran together (I have liked Kieran for as long as I can remember).


I love having a surprise! I didn't find out with the first two kids, and I found it really helped me get through the last trimester, knowing that I would find out soon. I do wonder though how it would feel to know (and I was tempted to find out this time) but so far I'm glad I haven't found out. I'm 27 weeks now so on the home stretch!

March 5, 2018 12:19 AM

Thank you for all your thoughtful responses. It's so helpful to see how others would react to the different names, and I appreciate some of the issues that you've brought up.


I think after reading all your reactions to Edmund and Caspian together that it would be too much. So ... Edmund and Kieran? Better? I know that Kieran is an old Irish name (as Ciaran - I really like this spelling but DH said no, and I do think Kieran would be easier) but it seems a lot more modern than Lewis, Eleanor and Edmund - because of the 'n' ending which is so ubiquitous these days. In a way though I do feel like Kieran as a twin to Edmund lightens Edmund up a lot, which I like. Sometimes I think that Edmund is quite a stodgy name! I realise they won't always be a "set" but to me it does sound like a pleasant pairing and it seems like some of you agree.


Johanna - we do pronounce it with the "h" (and "J" as opposed to "Y") - so essentially like Jo-Hannah. But I can imagine getting lazy and having it coming out more like Joanna (which to me as an Australian is far less appealing, because it just makes me think of goanna).


I had thought about the German vs. Spanish conundrum of Johanna and Catalina ... I agree that Felicity probably suits the sibling set better. I'll run it past DH - I think Catalina was really his favourite for a girl, although he does like Felicity too, so we'll see.


Glad you all seem to like Johanna and Edmund together!

March 2, 2018 04:16 PM

I am back with a whittled-down list! DH got me to list the names in order of how much I like them, and based on that we had a good discussion of what we do both really like.


For a girl, I'm pretty set on using Johanna, but less certain about a boys' name. DH still likes Edmund the best so I think if we end up with a boy and a girl, he will let me use Johanna and I'll let him use Edmund.


If we have two girls, the two top possibilities are:


Johanna and Catalina

Johanna and Felicity


(Catalina and Felicity being the two names we both like the most after Johanna).


And for two boys - this is what I'm not sure about:


Edmund and Caspian (too Narnia? Caspian is probably my top choice, but with Edmund ... and older brother Lewis - what do you think?)


or alternatively:

Edmund and Kieran - I think this is our second choice, and it avoids the overt Narnia reference!


I really appreciate all your help with our initial list, so if you could share your thoughts on these names (including how they fit in with siblings Lewis and Eleanor) that would be very helpful also. Thank you! :)



February 20, 2018 07:31 PM

I do love both Adelaide and Alice, but Adelaide is already taken in our family and I feel like Alice is too close to Lewis. I'll have to talk to DH again about all the options (we have an hour free from the kids on Sundays which has become our weekly "name discussion" time, so it will have to wait 'til then :) )

February 20, 2018 01:07 AM

Amazing advice, thank you so much - on both the naming and the actual parenting of four kids! I am wondering how the logistics of it will work out (having four kids, I mean) ... but it's all part of the adventure.


I do like the advice of using the surname as the collective name. We have a very unusual surname so that would work. Eleanor is actually one of two in her class this year and she is known as "Eleanor LN" by the teachers and kids, so I think she is getting quite attached to it.



February 19, 2018 06:26 PM

I think you are probably right. We definitely considered Linus when I was pregnant with Lewis, along with a couple of others (Christian, Kieran, Edmund were always at the top of our list) but I knew when pregnant with Eleanor that we couldn't do Linus then (they're only a year and a half apart, so too close). I thought that maybe with a bit more distance between them - Lewis will be nearly 6 when twins are born - it might make a difference, but given I get Lewis and DH's name mixed up all the time (and they are very, very different sounds) I suppose I'd have no hope with two sons named Lewis and Linus.

February 19, 2018 05:42 PM

Yes, that is something that would potentially bother me, having either the same starting initial or ending sound (although, as I mentioned above, I'm finding it hard to give up on Linus because I just love it so much). I do really like Edmund and Caspian together - but way too Narnia, especially with older brother Lewis. DH has already vetoed Casper, which I do like also.


February 19, 2018 05:37 PM

Funny you mention Edmund and Caspian - yes, the reason we love those names is because of Narnia (and we already have Lewis - who was named for C.S. Lewis!) I realised straight away we couldn't use them together.


I don't mind having an eclectic set, but I think that Lewis and Eleanor are quite similar styles of name, so I don't know about going in a different direction - but I don't know, really? Does it make a difference that we're naming two babies at the same time - i.e. we could use two names quite dissimilar to Lewis and Eleanor. Would that be less jarring than having just one baby with a different style of name?

February 19, 2018 05:31 PM

Thank you for your ideas, and good to see you like a lot of the names with Lewis and Eleanor. It's really helpful to see all the different combinations written out.


I've been hanging on to Linus because I think it really is my favourite out of all the boys' names (and DH loves it also) but I am wrestling with it being too close to Lewis. (I don't mind letting go of Lawrence because I don't love it as much). On the other hand DH's favourite is Edmund - which I worry about being too similar to Eleanor. For some reason, having the same "E" sound at the beginning is more jarring to me than Lewis and Linus together - they are clearly very similar, but it sounds more pleasant to me than Eleanor and Edmund.


I have thought about using Edmund and Lydia, or Edmund and Linus, together. I'm preeeeetty sure we won't have any more kids (twin pregnancy is HARD!! I don't think I'll have any desire to be pregnant ever again!) but DH is sure I'll change my mind later, and you're right that it would lock us into having to use L or E names.

February 19, 2018 05:21 PM

The thing with Johanna and Heidi - I'm leaning towards Johanna as my favourite from the girls' list (among other things, it's a gentle twist on my mum's name, which would be lovely), and DH really likes Heidi. We don't have ANY German heritage (our kids are a mix of several different European cultures - French and Irish on my side, English and Norwegian on DH's) though before it was mentioned here, I hadn't really thought about them both being German names - just made the "Heidi" connection (which is Swiss-German, I presume).


I'll run your ideas re short names past DH. He did agree that two long names might be too much given that we're not natural nicknamers (well, our kids have plenty of nns, but nothing actually related to their names - and I find that now they're getting older, I'm using the affectionate pet names much less).


February 19, 2018 05:14 PM

Yes, that is definitely why I wanted to avoid two long names together. Every morning, it's "Lewis and Eleanor, get dressed! Lewis and Eleanor, eat your breakfast! Lewis and Eleanor, brush your teeth!" I can't imagine adding another two names to that (although I am living in hope ... by the time twins are at school, the older two might just do things themselves without being told!)

February 18, 2018 11:18 PM

Thank you for the suggestions! I do like a lot of these, like Harriet and Lydia, and Harriet and Phineas. I see you've included some starting with the same letter - Veronica and Vincent, Carla and Clayton, etc. I'm not sure I want the same starting initial, especially for twins, although DH doesn't seem to mind (he laughs at a lot of the "rules" I've mentioned). What does everyone think about this?


Also - I do really like the sound of Heidi and Johanna together, but worry it might be a bit much (the book "Heidi" was written by Johanna Spyri) - is it enough to not use these two names together?

February 18, 2018 11:11 PM

Wow, thank you - this is great. It would be nice to have a subtle connection between the names - I'd appreciate any other ideas along this line. And I do love the sound of Catalina and Johanna together!

February 11, 2017 02:47 PM
In Response to Sugggest some L names

My first thought was Lydia too!


Other possibilities:


Lorelei, Lysandra, Louisa, Lucretia, Laetitia, Lucasta, Linnea, Leila, Lucinda, Lilia, Linden, Laine, Laelia, Luz, Lux


There are so many lovely L names! I'm sure you will find the perfect one.

February 11, 2017 02:41 PM

I would definitely go with John on the birth certificate - it's such a classic name and you can never go wrong with it. Then you can call him Johnny if it feels right, but if not (or when he's an adult) he can use John.


February 10, 2017 04:26 PM

Alex Ander

Ben Jamin

John Athan

Nick Colas

Sam Youell

Greg Orry


Jo Sefine

Penny Lopie

Alice Son

Maddie Line

Jenny Ferr

Jessie Carr

Kate Lynn


Is this kind of what you're after? Some of these might not work depending on your accent :)

February 8, 2017 02:59 PM

Personally, I wouldn't worry too much about it at this stage. My DH wasn't ready to talk about names until halfway through my first pregnancy, and even then, we didn't make a decision on a boys' name almost until our son was born (we did decide a girls' name pretty quickly, but of course we had a boy first :)). Your tastes in names can definitely change. There were names we had considered for our son that we threw away during our next pregnancy because one of us decided we didn't like them.


I'd be encouraged that your SO does think some of your favourite names are all right because that gives you something to work on. Your taste in names is not actually that different - he likes Nicole and you like Stephanie, for example, and those are very similar names in terms of usage and "feel". If he liked names like Anastasia or Hermione and you liked names like Paisley or Phoenix, then it would be a lot harder. I also noticed you didn't mention any boys' names so maybe you are already in agreement?

February 7, 2017 10:38 PM

Clara, Nora and ...

  • Annika
  • Philippa
  • Julia
  • Fiona
  • Lilia
  • Tabitha
  • Georgina
  • Erica
  • Saskia
  • Helena


For a boy, it's a bit harder:

Joshua is all I can think of!

or, if you are open to 'ah' ending:

  • Josiah
  • Elijah
  • Tobiah