Charlotte's twin needs a name!

Hi, I'm new to this forum and was hoping you lovely people might be able to help me out here. I'm 23 weeks pregnant with twin girlies. It's my first pregnancy. We have decided on Charlotte for baby A, despite its popularity in the UK. Now we're stuck with names for baby B. We want a traditional name, preferably a longer name to go with her sisters name. They don't necessarily need to have the same amount of letters and/or syllables, but we don't want a very short let's say Mia or Amy. We agreed on Charlotte quite quickly, but whatever suggestion one of us comes up with gets usually vetoed by the other. The only two names we both fancy are Emma and Caroline, but we want our babies to have their own initials and a nickname. We couldn't come up with a nickname for Emma that we both like. Charlotte will be Charlie or Lottie.

We are looking for a name that's traditional/classic, but not too old-fashioned and suitable for all ages. We don't mind if the name is popular as long as we love it. 

These are the a few traditional names that are in the family already or that have been voted down: Victoria, Elizabeth, Olivia, Diane, Harriet, Louise 

Last name starts with an S

Thank you!! 


June 13, 2016 11:27 AM

Some traditional classics with tons of nicknames:

Alexandra, Margaret, Katherine, Eleanor, Mathilda, Amelia, Arabella

June 13, 2016 1:20 PM

Henrietta, Violet, Vivian, Lillian, Josephine, Genevieve, Adaline

June 13, 2016 1:37 PM

Anneliese Abigail Beatrice Frances Gertrude Isobel Rebecca Julianna

June 13, 2016 2:01 PM

I will second the suggestion of Amelia from the above poster. It seems to fit your criteria very well and has lots of nickname options.


I will also throw in: Evelyn, Emmeline (since you like Emma), Penelope, Adeline

June 13, 2016 11:26 PM

Madeleine's my favorite for you--long and French like Charlotte, and possible nicknames Maddy or even Lenny.

June 13, 2016 11:41 PM

How about a longer version of Emma so you can use it as the nickname?  Emelia, Emmeline, Emerson, or Emmalyn?  Not sure if these are your taste.

June 14, 2016 12:03 AM

Adelaide, Adeline, Daphne, Evangeline, Emelia, Elena, Felicity, Gemma, Hannah, Helena, Jane, Juliette, Julianne, Lilly, Miranda, Mirabel, Natalie, Ophelia, Rosalind, Rosslyn, Sarah, Tabitha, Vivian , Valerie, Whitney

June 14, 2016 10:15 AM

I think Emma makes a lovely sister to Charlotte. They're both two syllables, so it's only in spelling that there's any difference in length.

Medieval forms of Emma include Em, Emm, Emme, Emmote, Emmete, Emmot, Emmet, and Emmota. There are lots of ways to form nicknames that don't consist of chopping off part of the name: you could replace the -a with an /ee/ sound (spelling options include Emmy and Emmie), you could form a rhyming nickname (Emma-Lemma or similar; this is the origin of Peggy from Margaret, for example), or you could add an endearing suffix of your choice, like Emma-bee or Emma-may. Or you could let the nickname evolve organically -- they tend to do that anyway, without any regard for your intentions and plans.

June 15, 2016 10:30 AM

Thanks everyone for the suggestions! Forgot to mention Eleanor in the list above as that's my name.

Out of all the names mentioned these are my favourites:

Amelia, Adaline, Katherine, Emma, Mathilda, Violet (but might be too similar to Charlotte?), Mirabel

I think Amelia just made it to the top of my list, don't know why I haven't thought of it before! I hope it doesn't get vetoed! Do you have a few nickname ideas? I'm not too fond of Amy. Millie is ok, but I don't love it.

My second favourite is Adaline / Adeline, nickname Addie... very popular, but so is Charlotte. It does bother me a liiiittle bit, but I'd rather have names I really love that are popular than compromise on a name I don't like as much, just because it's less common :)

I still can't let go of Emma. It's a name I have loved for a long time and I don't know if I should let a nickname put me off. Emme is lovely too. I like it both as a nickname, but also as a standalone name. Not sure if it would get a bit confusing, though? I'm afraid people might intuitively spell it Emma...

which one do you like best with Charlotte?

Charlotte & Amelia
Charlotte & Adaline
Charlotte & Emma / Emme

Charlotte & Mirabel / Katherine / Violet / Mathilda



June 15, 2016 10:38 AM

My little niece named Amelia calls herself Mia. 

June 15, 2016 11:30 AM

You could have it both ways if you went with Emilia instead of Amelia--this nicknames very naturally to Emma.

June 15, 2016 3:05 PM

I second Emilia nn Emma

June 17, 2016 12:21 PM

Thank you for suggesting Emilia! I love it and I think OH does too. 

He also agreed to Adaline, surprisingly. Finally two names we both would get on board with. I'm pretty certain we'll go with either Emilia nn Emme/Emma or Adaline nn Addie. Which one do you like better with Charlotte? I can't decide... I love both names. I was also thinking maybe we could use Adaline in the middle name spot and go with Emilia Adaline - what do you think?

June 17, 2016 5:42 PM

Personally, I love the sound of Emilia Adaline. Emilia and Charlotte seem to just fit together to me more so than Charlotte and Adaline. Also, since you both already liked Emma, I think you'll probably be happier with Emilia as her first name, nn Emma, than Adaline and nn Addie.

June 17, 2016 6:27 PM

I think you have a winner! Emilia and Charlotte are great together as well as the nicknames you/they might choose. Emilia Adaline is a great choice!


June 18, 2016 5:15 AM

Good pick! I also prefer Adaline as a middle name. 

What about Charlottes middle name? 

And there is also Evelyn nn Evie or sylvia nn Sylvie. 

Big congrats!

June 18, 2016 7:21 AM

Thank you!

we are pretty set on Emilia Adeline - we really fell in love with the name. We can use Emma/Emme as a nickname, which is a name we have both loved from the start, just didn't want to use it as a stand alone name. And Adeline is not just a lovely name, but also a great way to honour my grandmother, whose name is Adelaide. We are not telling their names until they're born, but I am fairly certain she will be touched.

We weren't going to use middle names at all, but now that we really fell for Emilia Adeline, we need a mn for Charlotte as well. I love that we get to honour my family in her name, so we decided we are going to honour his side of the family in Charlotte's name. I'll list a few family names to play around with. It doesn't have to be the exact same name, but could also be one that shares a similar meaning or is a different version of the name (similar to Adelaide and Adeline)

Alexander, Jane, Kate, Stephanie

and my two favourites so far:

Elizabeth (after his grandmother) - I love Elizabella!. Not sure if Elizabella is too long with Charlotte? I've first heard it when Alyssa Milano named her child Elizabella and I think it's a gorgeous name. Otherwise maybe Elise?

Rose (after his mum) - Rosalie!




June 18, 2016 12:35 PM

I vote Elise for a middle name. It's my daughters and i just love it. We get a lot of compliments too! and it's derived from Elizabeth :)

June 18, 2016 7:10 PM

There are so many variants of the names you mention!

I tend to like longer names, so personally the length of Charlotte Elizabella wouldn't bother me. That said, I like Elise better with Charlotte. Some other variants and diminutives of Elizabeth that I like with Charlotte are Elisabetta, Eliza, Elsie, Lilibeth, Elisa, and Isabella.

My other favorite from the names you list, including variants of all the names, is Rosalie. Since Adeline would honor your grandmother, I like the idea of honoring his grandmother with Charlotte's middle name, though, so I would choose Elizabeth or a variant of it.

Hope that helps!

June 18, 2016 10:55 PM

I love Rosalie! Elizabella is pretty, but it also sounds overly frilly and made up. Definitely take that as an opinion, but I agree that there are so many other options to honor an Elizabeth, from Elise to Lisbet to Abetta to Isabel. Charlotte Elise sounds so lovely to me. That gets my vote :)

June 19, 2016 7:56 PM

Hi. Now I've finally got to read the whole thing,  I can comment on this most recent post.

Charlotte Elizabella is a fun middle name.  I personally wouldn't worry about length as all my names are over 3 syllables and it's never bothered me. Also I love the romantic appeal of Charlotte Rosalie. And the chic sound of Charlotte Elise. I think this one flows best and compliments the sister's name. Charlotte Jane is great for its simplicity. Likewise Charlotte Rose. Charlotte Eleanor (after yourself) is also a good combination. 

June 16, 2016 11:28 AM

I would suggest Emmalene and Margaery as well.

June 18, 2016 12:50 PM

I think Emilia is great sister name for Charlotte. We actually just named one of our twin daughters Emmel1ne Ch@rlotte. So far we haven't called her Emma or Emmy, but we might- honestly, there's a lot of "has that one had her diaper changed?" I find it feels weird to use your babies' names for awhile, but with a young toddler (who was "the baby" until last week) and newborn twins, "the baby" is not descriptive enough! Anyway, good luck with everything!  

June 19, 2016 7:14 AM

I love Emilia Adaline.  It is a fab choice.

I predict Emelia overtaking Amelia anyway due to the actress who plays danearys targarean, the mother of dragons, in game of thrones, amongst other roles (sorry GoT fans for spelling her name wrong). 

I just wanted to add a suggestion of Emmeline Adelaide as an alternative to Emelia Adeline. 

Both Emmeline and Emelia can be shortened to Emma or Emmy etc.

Emmeline Pankhurst is a strong female namesake too.

Emmeline and Charlotte goes as nicely together as Emelia and Charlotte. 

Fwiw I know an Amelia who goes by Millie. And I know an Emily who goes by Emmy. 

Both are beautiful names imo :-)

June 22, 2016 5:41 PM

Just when I thought we had finally decided on a name for baby B, oh came around with yet another idea. He wants Charlotte's sister to be Georgia (nn Georgie) instead of Emilia. I have to say I do think it's a beautiful name and I like it a lot, but I started picturing her being Emilia already. We are a bit torn. I prefer Emilia Adeline and he prefers Georgia Adeline or Georgia Emilia as some sort of 'compromise'. Which one do you like better as Charlotte's sister? Also we are stuck between Elise, Katherine and Rosalie as   a middle name for Charlotte. 

June 22, 2016 5:58 PM

I think of both Charlotte and Georgia as place names, especially when used together. I'd use Emilia.

June 22, 2016 6:46 PM

I'm afraid my first reaction was "isn't Charlotte in North Carolina, not Georgia?" :) But I do love the name Georgia. But but, that'd give both girls a feminized version of a traditional masculine name, which maybe could imply that you would have preferred to have boys named George and Charles. But Georgia is such a pretty name, and wouldn't have the chance of confusion that Emilia would have (with Amelia). 

Can you just smack your hubby upside the head for introducing more confusion?

For Charlotte's middle name, I'd go with Rosalie, because I think it parallels Adeline better than the other choices. (No idea why I think that, sorry.)

June 23, 2016 1:10 PM

When I read Charlotte and Georgia, I have to say I thought "Does your husband really love the South for some reason?" Since you're in the UK, the association might not be as a strong, but from this U.S. Southerner's perspective, my mind would immediately go to Charlotte, NC and Georgia if I saw those names paired together, especially for twins! I wouldn't think "Did they want boys named Charles and George?" as TOH was saying unless I heard the nicknames Charlie and Georgie; Lottie and Georgie wouldn't make me think that.

Purely from a sound perspective, I don't like Georgia Emilia as a 'compromise' because of the repetitive -ia endings. Also, it takes out the honor name for your grandmother, and I would stick with the family name over a halfway compromise. It's really not much of a compromise either, since your favorite would be the rarely-used middle name and his choice would be the daily-use first name. My favorite is still Emilia Adeline!

For Charlotte's middle, my favorites are Elise and Rosalie. As I said before, I like the idea of the middle names each honoring one of your grandmothers, though, so I would vote Elise.

June 23, 2016 3:45 PM

I agree with all of this. I'll add that, especially with a UK connection, I might think you had a thing about the royal family, with two names that are feminizations of traditional British king, aren't George and Charlotte the baby royals?

June 23, 2016 3:54 PM

Yes, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are the children of Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Prince George will be 3 next month, and Princess Charlotte just turned 1 in May.

June 24, 2016 12:09 PM

They are! And I honestly didn't even realise the obvious association with the royal prince and princess up until you mentioned it. Haha, that being said, Georgia has officially been vetoed as of right now :D I think in that case we'll most probably go with Emilia Adeline as originally planned

June 23, 2016 10:27 PM

I concur with other commenters that Charlotte and Georgia as twin sisters is too much, either of Southern placenames, or of royal children, depending on which side of the pond you're on. (It's too bad, because they're both lovely names.) Perhaps Georgia could be one of the middle names: Charlotte Elise and Emily Georgia?

June 23, 2016 10:22 PM

I think I like Emilia better just because of the Charlotte/George royalty thing. I think I like Emilia and Georgia the best though. 

June 24, 2016 8:08 AM



July 20, 2016 5:00 PM

We have decided to go with Charlotte Elise nn Charlie and Emilia Adeline nn Emmy

Thank you all for your suggestions and input, it was very much appreciated and really helped us find the perfect names for our girls!

July 20, 2016 6:07 PM

What a beautiful and elegant pair of names. Well done! :)

July 21, 2016 3:45 PM

Such a lovely set of names! Thanks for popping back in to update us, and I'm glad we could help! :)

July 21, 2016 4:23 PM

It's great to get an update on your decision, and they're a beautiful set of names!

July 25, 2016 2:09 PM

I love those names. Congrats!