Baby Season?? Part 2

Sorry guys, I posted the first one twice by mistake! Obviously, this is part two! Now, I'd like to talk about my second eldest sister, L!nda!

This is her second pregnancy and she is having twin girls! (A blessing!)

Her first daughter is Olivia May and her husbands name is J0el, last name sounds like Shaver.

She has three sib sets that she likes and thinks goes well with Olivia May. They are

Sky Primrose and Brooke Paige

Darcy Jade and Claire Ruby

Zoe Avery or Hazel Renee.

Her husband also wants either:

Jocie Elizebeth and Rosie Jeanette

Hope True or Charity Faith (they are very religious).

If you have suggestions, please comment below! Part 3 will be up very soon!


July 3, 2015 4:13 AM

For twins, I would avoid names that are too matchy-matchy (Sky and Brooke, Hope and Charity, Rosie and Jocie).  Twins usually really like to have their own firm identity rather than be yoked together so much, especially when they are older.  It's super-cute when they're two, but not later on.  I had some distant cousins growing up with rhyming first names and they absolutely HATED it.   If you want to tie the names together, I think middle name is a better bet - like Darcy Jade and Claire Ruby.  Your tie is there, but more subtle and understated.



July 3, 2015 11:20 AM

Echoing the previous comment: please strongly suggest that they avoid cutesy-twinsey name sets. Both of her husband's suggestions fall squarely into this category, and Sky and Brooke is also at least borderline. Zoe and Hazel is better, because they both have a 'z', but in different parts of the names, and they are otherwise unrelated. I don't care for the specific name Darcy (because surname-names really aren't my style), but Darcy Jade and Claire Ruby is the best "twinset" on the list -- middle names are the perfect place to let those matchy-matchy instincts have free rein.

One could "rescue" her husband's suggestion of Jocie and Rosie using non-rhyming full names: Jocelyn and Rosemary, for example. Or Josephine and Rosalind. (Or Rosamund, Rose, Rosalie...) The paired virtue names would really be Too Much for me as first names, no matter what, but putting things in the blender a bit may help: Elizabeth True and Zoe Primrose would give both girls a 'z' somewhere in their first names, with somewhat surprising word-names for middles.

By Fly
July 3, 2015 12:12 PM

I second ALL of this.

July 4, 2015 11:26 AM


July 3, 2015 12:16 PM

I'll 3rd the suggest of very matchy names for twins.  At some point, they are going to want to be seen as individuals and not part of a set. Also, super matchy names can get confusing.  Try calling Jocie & Rosie a few times & see if you can keep from mangling them.

So, with that in mind, I'd for sure eliminate Jocie & Rosie, as well as Hope & Charity.  Hope & Charity also seem problematic with the sister's name.  If a very religious family gave all the children religious sounding names, I wouldn't think much of it.  But to do it for the twins when they did not for the oldest seems a bit off.  Though, if they plan on having more later, it may not be a huge issue so long as Olivia isn't the only one without an obviously religious name.

Looking at the rest of the names, I really like Zoe & Hazel.  They both work well with Olivia & I think they go together nicely.  I like that the subtle connection with the repeated Z.  It's nice but not super obvious or matchy.

If they are willing to mix & match a bit, I might do something like Hazel Renee & Claire Ruby.  I could also see taking one of dad's favorites & pairing it with one of mom's favorites.  Claire Ruby & Rosie Jeanette would give them a subtle "red" connection, but since it is first & middle, it's not too much.  Though, I would probably do Rose as the birth certificate name with Rosie as the nickname.

Hmmm, that makes me think that maybe they should be approaching this differently.  Instead of trying to find a pair of names, perhaps they should attempt to name them individually.  Find a name they love for Baby A & then a name for Baby B.  

July 3, 2015 12:56 PM

As previous posters said, twin names should avoid being "matchy", but I'm all for them being coordinated. 

Sky and Brooke are too matchy, as is Hope and Charity. Darcy and Claire are fine, but not my taste. I like that Zoe and Hazel have the unifying "z". 

My favorite is Jocie and Rosie, but agree with a previous poster that I would prefer to see them as nicknames for more formal (and more differentiated) given names.  Especially with big sister Olivia having such a beautiful formal name. Some examples: Jocelyn and RosemaryJosephine and Rosamund.

My favorite way to lengthen the names is to name the two girls after their parents:

Jolette (or Jolene) Charity (Named after dad, and can be shortened to Jo C. -> Jocie)

Rosalind Faith (The "lind" from mom's name is included at the end, but also shortens to Rosie)

By rooo
July 3, 2015 2:36 PM

Great suggestions. As is, I like Zoe and Hazel or Darcy and Claire. But I think they can mix and match a bit to make both parents happy. e.g. Darcy Hope and Claire Faith. Skylar and Brooke is a little less obvious and could work, and I am totally onboard with themed middle names as a secret connection, but please avoid the obvious matchy-matchy first names for all the reasons mentioned above.

With a little mix and match, I like Darcy Jade and Hazel Claire best. Both have a color, but it's not very obvious. If need to compromise with dad, I think Hazel Elizabeth or Hazel Charity also work.

July 3, 2015 7:47 PM

I have to disagree with others and vote for Sky and Brooke to be sisters to Olivia. I like the nature theme tying them all together. And I really don't think Sky and Brooke is too cutesy. Not with the popularity of nature and frilly floral names around. These one syllable straight up names are refreshing to me. But I am quite a hippy-chick so I lean towards nature names.

My second favourite set are Darcy and Claire, with Olivia. Though Darcy is the odd one out of these three. I would like to replace it with Zoe, so all names share similar popularity and prettiness. Plus, Zoe and Claire have their own little French theme going on.

All the middle names are perfect imo.

July 3, 2015 9:49 PM

FWIW Zoe is Greek, not French, although it is used in French with an acute accent over the e.

July 5, 2015 2:24 PM

Zoë and Claire

July 3, 2015 8:45 PM

If it were me, I would do Zoe and Hazel for sure, out of these options, but I would love Zoe Jade and Hazel Ruby (or actually I might do Zoe Pearl and Hazel Jade, but who's counting...). Alternately, if Hazel being a color is too weird with a gemstone middle name, I'd do Hazel Paige. Then all 3 would have that long "a" in their middle names (May, Jade, Paige), which could be a nice link.

Sky and Brooke feel kind of dated to me, like we went back to the 80s and they are the popular girls in a John Hughes movie. Primrose, however, is super cool - so what about Primrose as a first name and Rosie as the nickname, and then they could do Josephine True and Primrose Faith, or something like that? (What about Jessamine instead of Josephine, and they they could have Jessie and Rosie.) Or Josephine Jade and Primrose Paige - too alliterative? 

I'm not sure if some of these names are honoring folks, but some are just not my preference, and I am especially turned off by the spellings of Jocie and Elizebeth (or maybe those were typos?) - but these are matters of taste, not hard and fast rules about what's good or not good.

Let us know what they decide and why!


July 3, 2015 11:56 PM

Total coincidence here - but my cousin's wife is named Skye and she has one sister named Brooke.  They HATE it.  When they're together and introduce themselves, people laugh "you're kidding," start making jokes like "is your brother Rain?" "and where's Sun?" etc.  I'm sure the sky-brook thing was cute when they were 5 and 7, but it got really irritating by the time they were 10, and stayed that way.


July 3, 2015 11:57 PM

I like the Zoe and Hazel twinset best for the reasons mentioned above.  I would suggest virtue names for middle names, as this is a particular desire of the husband's (or biblical names like Ruth and Esther).  I would advise against Brooke Paige because it sounds like book/page.  I am also not a fan of virtue names for first names, because what if Charity is greedy or True is dishonest?  If it were me with a virtue first name, I would feel extra pressure from my name and might rebel against it.  In the middle name slot however, I think virtue names are great. 

July 4, 2015 12:59 AM

1) I'm with everyone else on avoiding cutesy "matches" for multiples. No Sky and Brooke.

2) ITA on the issues of daily life with Josie and Rosie. Spelling Josie with a "c" will just make writing things confusing while not changing the pronunciation--one that rhymes with her twin.  Exception: If Jocie were a nickname for a Joc- name like Joceyln. Nice ideas from PPs on Jo/Rose pairs...but I still say no if everyone would still know them as Josie and Rosie.

3) LOVE Darcy with Olivia. Claire is nice, too, but I wouldn't mind swapping it for Tessa (which could be Theresa, of the multiple saints, if the religious parents prefer). I like Emma, but fear "Darcy & Emma" sound like a big Austen fan did the naming. Loooooove Darcy, and surnames generally, and esp for girls, are NOT my style usually.

July 4, 2015 10:43 AM

Of these sibsets, Zoe and Hazel would be my personal pick, but like other posters I would suggest mixing and matching mum and dad's name choices, and keep the matching themes to the middle slot - where they are unifying, while giving the girls their own individual identity for everyday life. 

(Flying in the face of my previous sentence) Rosie and Hazel are sweet together. My favourite mixes from the above names are Zoe and Hope, and Jocie and Claire, or Jocie and Hazel.

Is there a reason they're spelling the name Jocie rather than Josie? I am much more partial to Josie, but that's just me!

July 4, 2015 3:09 PM

I agree with previous posters that it's best to avoid matching or rhyming names for twins, so I would eliminate Jocie and Rosie (maybe Jocelyn instead?), as well as Hope and Charity, and Sky and Brooke. I love the Option of Darcy Jade, and Claire is so classically pretty in my opinion. Avery and Hazel are both rising in popularity right now, if I remember correctly, so as far as I'm concerned, Darcy and Claire seem best to me.