I am expecting twin daughters very soon, and am stuck on names! I am already mom to Ciara Violet, age 2. I love Petal Emmeline & Pia Chanel, but I am looking for more suggestions! So what names sound good with big sister Ciara Violet? Thank-you!


June 11, 2012 10:28 AM

How are you saying Ciara?  With a K sound like Kee-ara?  Or is it a soft C like Sea-aira?  

It is not usually my style, but I kind of like Petal because of the tie-in with Violet.  However, I think I'd prefer it in the middle slot as it does seem too cute on an adult.  Maybe use floral names for all of their middles?  It's a nice secret connection without being too matchy.  I can also see it helping Ciara feel not so left out, I imagine being the sligtly older sister of twin girls could be hard sometimes.

With that in mind, I'd suggest Emmeline Petal for twin A.  & now on to twin B.  I hope I'm not sounding to harsh, but Pia is just not my style, and I really dislike Chanel.  Also, I will point out that Pia has the pee-a risk for teasing.   Some similiar names without the tease risk are Mia, Tia and Nia.  

I know feelings on this subject are very mixed-but I'm not a fan of same first initials for twins.  Some people really love it though, so it really is just a matter of taste.So my suggestion would be Emmeline Petal and Mia Rose or Mia Blossom (which reminds me more of Petal).  

If you really want the matching initials, how about something like Evangeline/Eve/Eva?  Emmeline Petal and Evangeline Blossom?  I like how the first names are similiar in length.  Or Emmeline Petal and Eva Rose, Eva is closer in feel to Pia and has that old Hollywood feel which you might like.

June 11, 2012 3:21 PM

As a twin, I strongly recommend against matching initials. You'll be needing to label their stuff. A lot. (And if they're at all alike, you'll be wanting to label *them*.) It's all just so much easier if they have different initials!

I'm not a fan of either Petal or Pia, for different reasons: Petal just doesn't sound like a name (and would risk constant confusion with "pedal"), and Pia just sounds, um, rude. Unless I'm saying it wrong? Pee-ya?

Emmeline could work as a first name, but Chanel has a similar problem as Petal: it's just not a given name to my ear.

As the previous commenter noted, what names sound good with Ciara depends on how you pronounce Ciara: is it Italian spelling rules (Char-ah) or something else? (Reading it in Hungarian I get TSEE-ah-rah, for example.)

By hyz
June 11, 2012 7:05 PM

I have to admit that I knew a Pia in high school, and always thought that her name was a bit unfortunate because it sounded like Pee-ya.  I certainly never said anything about it, and I don't know of anyone teasing her about it in high school, but it seems like it would be a rough name to carry through elementary school.  She appeared to be filipina or something of that nature, so I'm not sure if that had any connection with the name, but she was attractive and popular enough, and did not seem to have been scarred by the name, from my vantage point at least.  Still, I wouldn't be inclined to use it. 

Petal has a hippie-ish vibe, which is not exactly my style, but I think it is rather sweet and cute.  If you want another P name, how about Paloma?  Just brainstorming, other ideas... Ciel, Poppy, Zinnia, Dahlia, Clover, Tansy, Iris, Delphine or Delphinia (nn Nia?), Pearl....    

June 11, 2012 4:45 PM

I'm in agreement with the questions and comments mentioned above; I won't reiterate. But you're still looking for names.

You're looking for soft sounds, shortish names, with middle names with a bit more substance, it looks like. Here's a list; mix and match as you like, and let us know what you enjoy. We might be able to come up with even more suggestions once we know what your first list is like.

First names: Mila, Coral, Lana, Liana, Ivy, Lily, Lia, Ava, Sela, Jayla, Maeve

Middle names: Amaryllis, Melisande, Azalea, Chantal, Isolde, Felicia, Marina, Severina

Feel free to use middles as firsts and vice versa. Anything sounding nice to you?

By mk
June 11, 2012 4:54 PM

I really like Emmeline so I'd switch and go with Emmeline Petal

Other names that could work instead of Pia:

Gia, Leah, Rhea

Or what about Julia? Emmeline and Julia sound lovely together. You can stick with the flower name and go with something like Julia Rose or Julia Daisy.

A name with a similar sound to Chanel is Chantal.




June 11, 2012 9:54 PM

What about Paloma Chanel & Emmeline Monroe? Or Emmeline Bliss & Chanel Blaze?

By Coll
June 11, 2012 11:33 PM

I like Paloma and Emmeline a lot. I think they are nice together and with an older sister named Ciara.

Is there significance to the name Chanel that you haven't told us? On its own, I have to say I don't like it very much. I'm just not a fan of luxury brands as names for children. I'd be much more inclined to use Coco as a nod to the designer if she's an inspiration. Similarly, I'm not into Monroe unless its a family name. Of course, this is just my taste and you don't have to pay any attention to it at all!

I do like Paloma Chanel and Emmeline Bliss the best of the different combos you've suggesed. Or what about Paloma Biss and Emmeline Grace?

By mk
June 12, 2012 1:15 AM

 Of those four, I'd choose Paloma Chanel and Emmeline Bliss, though I'm not crazy about any of the middles.

I'd especially stay away from Chanel as a first name because Ciara (pronounced see-a-ra) is a perfume by Revlon.

June 12, 2012 4:40 AM

You are considering naming one of your twins Paloma Chanel when you wrote on your profile that your sister's name is Paloma Chantel?  But it's Chanel that you're trying to use in different iterations?  That really strikes me as odd.  I was wondering if Mia Olive was your name since its so on trend so I clicked onto your profile.  I'm sorry but it all seems fishy to me. 


June 12, 2012 9:22 AM

Wow, that is weird...

And maybe I'm completely off base, but Ciara and Violet are so anachronistic that I was pretty surprised to see them together in one name. Plus the double post with both italics and bold. Fishy is right.