Twin boy name feedback

Hi all,
I used to be a regular poster here several years ago (back before the new format). I've always loved names, but had to step away for a while when we weren't sure we'd be able to have children and baby names were just too painful to think about.

Now, I'm happy to report that we are expecting identical twins this fall. As a name enthusiast, you'd think I'd have this figured out, but I'm completely at a loss for two boy names. We have a few names that we are discussing, but not a single one that I love (and we need two!) I'd really appreciate feedback on our list of maybes below, as well as any new ideas.

Because of the last name, names begin with S or Ch or that end in a long "e" sound are off the table. I'm also incredibly picky about popularity. So I'd really prefer to have a name that is below 500 in the SS rankings. However, I'm having such a hard time with boy names, that I may reconsider something in the 300-400 range if we can't find anything else. That said, I also like names that have history of usage and aren't made up or modern, trendy inventions.

In an ideal world, I'd like to avoid having the names start with the same letter (since they are identical), but would reconsider for the perfect names. Because the babies are identical, I really want the names to go together, without being too matchy-matchy.

So here are some of our possibilities:
Oren
Wynn
Laszlo (worried this one is too out there for a kid with no Hungarian heritage)
Luther (very meaningful family name, but not sure about the strong cultural associations)
Arlo (husband not crazy about this one)
Dashiell
Tulliver
Felix (husband likes this one, but I'm not sure)
Kieran

Any feedback on your impressions on the above names is much appreciated (I'm so bogged down in this, I'm losing perspective), as well as suggestions for new names you think I might like.

Thank you!

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September 2, 2013 8:24 PM

I like Oren, Wynn & Dashiell. Luther is not too bad, esp. with the meaningful name.  Here are a few ideas. Some might be mixed & matched.

 

Dexter & Felix

Everett & Corbin

Keaton & Jamison

Bennett & Vincent

Winston & Mathias

Remington & Sterling

 

Do any of these help?

 

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By DRDS
September 3, 2013 1:12 PM

Winston (but probably moreso Winslow) were both on our much longer list.  The other names are actually names of family members, kids of close friends, friends, or are a little too popular for me.  Thank you for the suggestions, though!

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September 2, 2013 9:30 PM

I love the name Kieran!!!

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By EVie
September 2, 2013 10:12 PM

So, I'm not usually a huge fan of surname-names, but I'm absolutely swooning over the idea of twins named Dashiell & Tulliver. What a fantastic pair—both French-derived surnames, tied together by the double l and the same letter count, but distinct in starting letter, ending letter and number of syllables. Dash is a super cool natural nickname, and I love the snappy v in Tulliver and how the nickname Tully recalls Marcus Tullius Cicero (often referred to as Tully in previous centuries). Also, I love that Tulliver actually sounds fresh to me—I think you've accomplished the amazing feat of coming up with a name that hasn't been mentioned before on these boards (at least that I can recall). I hope you don't mind if I go float Tulliver over on Karyn's thread :)

Oren, Kieran and Felix would be my next choices (though I wouldn't pair Oren and Kieran—matchy endings). Oren & Felix, or Kieran & Felix. I think Luther is very cool—when you refer to cultural associations, I assume you mean Martin Luther and his brand of Christianity? I do think that's a pretty strong association, so if you want to avoid it, then the middle slot would be a good place for this so you still get the family meaning in there. I wouldn't pair it with Dashiell or Tulliver, though—too many surnames strung together, plus it doesn't sound great with either (smooshes together with L ending of Dashiell, and too echoey with -er ending of Tulliver). If you go with it for a first, it pairs nicely with Oren or Felix. Luther & Felix sound like a very German pair—I assume there is German heritage in your family, since Luther is significant?

Laszlo is also very cool, but I would agree with your hesitation—the spelling is going to trip a lot of people up, and you'll probably get a lot of people asking why you chose it. If you feel weird answering "we just liked it," it's probably not the name for you.

Wynn and Arlo I'm not crazy about. I'm not sure if you're in the U.S., but I think Wynn sounds feminine in our cultural context (would probably real differently in the U.K., and especially in Wales). Arlo just seems kind of insubstantial to me, and I don't like how it's so strongly tied to one individual (I can't even name a single Arlo Guthrie song, but I immediately think Guthrie when I hear the name). 

So to recap, top choices: Dashiell & Tulliver (!!!!), Luther & Felix, Luther & Dashiell, Luther & Tulliver (but only if you're ok with the Luther associations), Oren & Felix, Kieran & Felix. 

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September 2, 2013 10:58 PM

Believe it or not, my husband actually suggested Tulliver!

And I cannot echo EVie's enthusiasm for Dashiell and Tulliver enough (exclamation marks included!) In my mind, once I saw that combo, none of the others came close to comparing, I love everything about it!

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By DRDS
September 3, 2013 1:09 PM

Thanks so much for your feedback, Karyn.  Have you had any luck in narrowing down your choices?

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By EVie
September 3, 2013 4:02 PM

Hah, that's so funny that your husband already suggested it. It does seem like a natural choice if you like Sullivan but are worried about the Sully/Sulking issues (although I know very well how much difference one letter can make).

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By DRDS
September 3, 2013 1:08 PM

Thank you for your detailed feedback, EVie.  It's nice to have such a positive reaction to Dashiell and Tulliver, as I have just been feeling so blah about all of our options.  Helps to see things in a new light. :)

To answer your questions -- yes, I was concerned that Luther is overwhelmingly associated with Martin Luther, as well as Martin Luther King.  Both are positive associations for me (or at least, they certainly aren't negative), but strong associations nonetheless.  The meaningful Luther ancestor was not German.  However, my husband's last name is VERY German.

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September 3, 2013 2:44 PM

Fun list!  I wanted to suggest Enzo as an easier to spell alternative to Laszlo.  

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By DRDS
September 4, 2013 12:22 PM

This is one that we like.  What do you think about Enzo as a stand-alone name versus a nickname for Lorenzo?

This was on our longer list, but, like Laszlo, we have zero Italian heritage and didn't know if Lorenzo sounded too Italian, and I didn't know if Enzo was enough on its own.

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September 3, 2013 5:04 PM

As an identical twin myself, I applaud your desire for non-matching initials!

As a Hungarian-American, I totally do not see the appeal of László. For me, it's worse than a "dad name": it's the most common name in the current population of Hungary, so I know (or know of) dozens. It doesn't sound particularly pleasant (lász is almost láz 'fever', and means 'horse'). It doesn't translate well into English (Leslie? Ladislaus?), nobody can pronounce it right around here (see below), and the spelling confuses people. It'd also be mighty ...odd to meet a non-Hungarian child with this name.

Regarding the pronunciation, here's a selection of people doing it correctly: http://www.forvo.com/search/L%C3%A1szl%C3%B3/ (the ones labeled Hungarian -- the rest all do it wrong). Notice that it's a voiceless 's' as in 'see', not voiced 'z' like in 'zebra'. (Come to think of it, I think this is at the root of my objection to the Casablanca pronunciation: it really does sound like 'fever horse' to me!) The first vowel is one that English only uses in diphthongs (the vowel sounds in 'mouse' and 'mice'), so it's very hard (or impossible) for Americans to hear what they're doing wrong with it.

I'm afraid the rest of your names aren't really my style, either (except maybe Felix), so I can't offer anything more constructive. Thank you for letting me get this off my chest, though!

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By PJ
September 3, 2013 8:12 PM

I've actually met a baby girl in the U.S. named Laszlo. As far as I know, she's not Hungarian, 

I think her parents just liked it. 

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September 3, 2013 9:39 PM

If she's a _girl_ (!) named Laszlo, she's guaranteed not to be Hungarian -- Hungary has naming laws, and the very first tenet is no gender ambiguity. Plus, it'd be like naming your daughter, oh, I don't know, Bruce or, or, Edmund, or ... I'm failing to come up with a name that conjures the right image/feeling of utter wrongness.

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By DRDS
September 4, 2013 12:17 PM

I had looked up the Hungarian pronunciation before, but to be honest, our only real association with the name is from Casablanca, so that's the pronunciation we use.  Thanks for your comments -- I do have some discomfort using a name not from my heritage that I have no real association or connection to.  

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By PJ
September 3, 2013 8:24 PM

Back to the original topic, first of all congrats on your pregnancy. Now, on to the names.

Oren- my association with this one is an old Southern gent. Maybe because of Orrin Hatch? Although now that I look, I see he's from Utah and not the South at all. 

Wynn- agree with previous poster that in the U.S. this might seem feminine. 

Laszlo- As someone with no real history with this name, I like the sound and look of it. I don't think it would be too hard to people to figure out and I think Laz is a cute nickname.

Luther- I agree with you that Luther has a lot of baggage. Martin Luther, Martin Luther King, Lex Luther. If it's very meaningful and important, that could override all that but it is there.

Arlo- I love this one. I think it has the sprightlyness of Milo but is less popular. The Arlo Guthrie association is there but I don't think it makes it off limits- as long as you don't hate Mr. Guthrie's music.

Dashiell- I like Dashiell. I live in a bit of a Dashiell pocket, so I know a few of them but I don't think it's overused. It is a very "cool" name so I would worry that it might be hard to live up to, but again, I don't think that's insurmountable.

Tulliver- I'm not familar with this one but I agree that it goes very well with Dashiell, without being overly matchy. The echo of the double L is a nice link.

Felix- I like Felix and it sounds snappy and fun. I know several young ones but again, I don't think it's overly popular.

Kieran- this one is just meh to me, not sure why.

 

I think Arlo and Felix is a great pair- with the equally cool but not matching endings. 

Felix Luther and Arlo Keiran maybe?

 

 

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September 3, 2013 9:10 PM

I really like Dashiell because of it's diminutive nickname, "Dash". I've never met a Dashiell and don't think it's overused. The nickname would sound so handsome on a strapping 18 year old young man and equally on an energetic boy at the playground. Are there any other names you like that have an equally attractive single-syllable diminutive? Bear Grylls picked his son's names because he wanted them to have masculine nicknames as young men. I like his sporty perspective and think "Dash" would "Get Out Alive"! Maybe the sir name Barrett/Bear would pair with Dashiell/Dash, or Weston/West, Declan/Dean, Griffin/Griff (welsh like Wynn). Or maybe find a longer name for the Wynn nickname like Wynston or Wynden?

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September 3, 2013 9:16 PM

....Or Wendall spelled Wyndall/Wynn pairs well with Dashiell/Dash.

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By DRDS
September 4, 2013 12:12 PM

We had considered Winslow or Winston with the nickname Wynn, but Wendall is one that I hadn't considered.  I'll have to check in with my husband about that one - good suggestion!

Do you think Dash and Wynn/Win would be to sporty (i.e. win the 50 yard dash)?

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September 3, 2013 10:40 PM

I remember you from several years ago!! Congrats on the twin boys........

I do like your list, we have some cross-over in style and if you are looking for some suggestions I started a few threads in the expectant namer topic a couple of months ago you might find some inspiration in as heaps of people gave great suggestions. I am still no closer to a list for me but back to you for now....

I agree that Dashiell and Tulliver are my top picks together! For all the reasons stated above.

My second choice would be Felix and Arlo. I actually know a Felix and Arlo sibling pair and they work really well together. They are slightly more on trend in my area than Dashiell and Tulliver so it does depend on the feel you want to go for.

I know some male Wynns (I am in Australia) but I think in the US it will read feminine. Luther seems a little loaded but how about Lucian/Lucien?

Laszlo I'm on the fence about. I like it in theory and can get behind it for someone else. I also like the similar Enzo as suggested above. Both are on my 'very tentative' list at present.

Kieran seems dated to me, i know a heap of 20-40 year old Kierans but it may be different in your area. Cillian might work better?

Oren is OK but doesn't seem to fit in with some of the other choices. It does remind me of Odin though and Odin and ARlo or Odin and Felix would make a great pairing :)

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By DRDS
September 4, 2013 12:30 PM

Hi Chimu!  I didn't expect anyone to remember me because my sign-in name is so non-descript and it had been so long since I was on here.  I will have to check out the expectant namer threads -- with the new formatting spreading posts everywhere, I wasn't sure where to post anymore.

Thanks for all of your feedback.  I know a couple of adult Wynns that are very rugged guys so I guess that has colored my perception of the name.  It's good to get feedback from others on their perceptions, and I can definitely see how it would read feminine.  I do like Lucian/Lucien.  However, I like Oren better than Odin for some reason.

We're in a very Irish area of the country, so I do know several Irish Kieran adults, as well.  Will have to ponder that some more.

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September 4, 2013 12:56 PM

Oh yes, I wanted to wish you congratulations, too, and welcome you back! It's always nice to have old posters return - especially under happy circumstances :)

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By hyz
September 4, 2013 2:08 PM

I've been meaning to say the same here, too! Congratulations!!

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By DRDS
September 4, 2013 6:24 PM

Thank you, everyone!

And just to be clear, as I realized I didn't say in my original post, but we don't know if they are boys or girls and we're trying not to find out, but I really needed help with boy names. :)

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September 5, 2013 12:32 PM

How exciting! I actually remember you from before as well. Now if we could only get Eo, Patricia, Larksong, and zoerhenne to start posting again...

My sister-in-law has identical twin girls and didn't know for sure that they were girls until the birth. It made the announcement that much more exciting for the rest of us. What are your girl names?

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September 4, 2013 12:32 AM

Congratulations!!

I love the name Felix so that would be my first choice. I like Arlo and Kiernan with it.  

Good luck!

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September 10, 2013 5:18 PM

Toran, Leon, Orson, Damon, Fenix, Bennett, Ari, Asa, Calder

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September 9, 2013 9:57 AM

You've gotten a lot of good feedback on names here!

As I was reading through it, I just thought maybe Keaton instead of Kieran?  I am no expert, so I don't know if they are similar culture-wise, but sound-wise, it just kept going through my head.

Congratulations!

 

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September 11, 2013 9:57 PM

Just had to chime in and say that Kieran and Felix jumped out at me. They sound nice together without being matchy-matchy.

Congrats on the twins!