Twin names

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Due to my friend Mélanie’s (insistent 😉 ) request: here are the TWIN NAMES!

Having twins is seeing double everything: cribs, baby clothes and of course, baby names! If you already had trouble naming one child, try naming two! Twins mean double the trouble but double the fun, too. So, if you’re expecting, hoping to someday expect or just love twins, this post is for you!

Twin names need to complement each other, as twins have so much in common (same birthday, sometimes same looks, personalities and at times just about everything, just name it!) their name needs to reflect that they’re each a distinct individual yet with a very special bond with another human being. They are, most of all, siblings so their names need to go together. When you name a sibset (set of siblings), since they are, in most cases, born years apart, their names reflect your taste evolution or compromise with your partner. Your other children names don’t necessary match each other in a rhymey-or-same-first-initial-way… So why do that with twins who are already so alike?

My intention is not to criticize parents who do that way but I just want to show that name possibilities are so infinite (even when it comes to naming two babies) that it’s a shame to go with two similar names that scream “yeah, that’s right, we are twins” whereas two “different” names can be perfectly acceptable (you’ll read more about that next). It can also take a “burden” out of your child shoulders who will need to spread his wings without its twin at some point in his/her life without having to share the (almost) exact same name as well.

I am going to list some twin-naming “faux-pas” (IMO, I insist) and tips:

  • Choosing names starting with the same letter or the same sound: My rule is “don’t overdo it”: Oliver and Olivia are choices that seem too obvious, unless you nickname them all the time Ollie and Libby, it’s quite confusing when they’re running around the house and you’re chasing after them calling them “Oliv…!”, fill the gap. Why not, if you want to stick with the same first letter go for choices such as Oscar and Ophelia (= literary associated names) or Olive and Oakley (= word/nature names) who make a really cute combination but keep a distinct and individual feel.
  • Did you know that Lily and Susannah are ultimately the same name? And Isobel and Elizabeth? What about Noor and Lux as middle names since they both mean “light”? William (or Liam) and Edmund both mean “protection”! And if it’s a boy/girl configuration: Rosamund can join her brother William! Kayla and Stephanie join that club too, they both mean “crowned”! You can go by choosing similar names in meaning that couldn’t be farther in spelling, it’s a testimony of great effort to find meaningful names that are not apparent to everyone’s eyes and can make a memorable name story.
  • You and your partner disagree on names? Your spouse can choose baby A’s name, you, baby B’s. Let’s just hope your choices aren’t too far style-wise as Daenerys (character played by Emilia Clarke on Game of Thrones) and Catherine (classic and consistent choice)! Don’t choose opposite names in style (as mentioned above), Puff Daddy choose for his twins D’Lila Star and Jessie James, nothing to report here except… They’re both girls! D’Lila inherits a really feminine name and her sister Jessie has two unisex ones! It could be quite sad if they’d envy each other’s name later on…
  • Family names are great, too, you can honor both grandmothers/grandfathers, etc. on the two babies. You can also give them the same middle name (Robert, James, Lillian, Margaret, etc.) or related middle names like Rose and Violet, Pearl and Belle or even Poet, Lyric or Fable. And if they’re boys: Grey and Crimson could be fun!
  • Love both names equally: don’t settle if you’re not satisfied with one of the names or the sound of the two together, persevere! Like the love you have for all your children, their names are a reflection of that, you have to (really) love them, they’re going to bear it every day of their life!
  • Don’t make a joke out of the twins’ names: Starsky and Hutch is a true story, not worth repeating! Always try saying the names in one way and the other, Hugo and Victor are perfectly respectable but say Victor and Hugo and you get Victor Hugo, the French poet!

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Some of the best named twins in my opinion are:

  • Rebecca Woolf (Blogger on Girl’s Gone Child.net), Boheme Shalom and Reverie Lux, giving them yin and yang names, Boheme’s freedom is contrasted by the peace (Shalom) and Reverie’s sweetness is hit by a bolt, her light (Lux). Previous babes are named Archer Sage and Fable Luella!
  • Marcia Cross’ Savannah and Eden have both place names (the garden of Eden and Savannah, Georgia) that I perceive like blessings, a sense of peace and contentment since she had them at age 45.
  • Ricky Martin’s Matteo and Valentino seem righteous brothers and keep that latin feel and distinctiveness.
  • Marion and Tabitha, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s daughters, love it! They look so different and their names seem to suit them perfectly.
  • Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey’s Monroe and Morrocan stuck to me, they’re spunky with the same first initial! 😉
  • Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn’s girls, which single names I didn’t like; I discovered (writing this) their entire name: Charlie Tamara Tulip and Dolly Rebecca Rose. Charlie and Dolly are nicknames’ name, they rhyme. “Charlie” is a bit masculine compared to Dolly, probably after Jerry’s brother and “Rebecca” is after mom, two namesakes. Finally, “Rose” and “Tulip” are related names, both flowers.

The top baby names of 2005 for twins “decrypted”:

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Sorry for the data which is a bit dated but the names are overall consistent.

My first observation is the same first initials (13 out of 20 for the boys, 9 out of 20 for the girls and 18 out of 20 for the boy/girl!) The letter “J” is the most used for both babies 11 times (out of 40), “M” is used 8 times for both babies, “E”, 5 times and “A”, 4 times.

The most shocking for me is the duo that appears on the three lists: Taylor and Tyler. The names’ origin is English meaning, tailor (surprise!). Taylor is legitimately become unisex but Tyler’s still on the boys’ side… Still, on the girl/girl case, this choice is ranked at #2, one the girls being named Tyler!

For me, Emma and Ella are too close in sound, too. And the virtuous sisters Faith and Hope (#1) and Faith and Grace (#8) have made their way to millions of parents’ hearts, it’s pretty but overdone in my taste…

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I hope you enjoyed my twins post. It gave me the opportunity to express myself a little more than with my recollections of themed names and I had a lot of fun listing the do’s and don’t’s of twin-naming. I’d like to do this more often so your opinion and suggestions are welcome!

Bye,

Carol.

Geographical names

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Hi guys! I thought it would be fun to write this post next because it’s a broad subject and it’s always nice to see which unusual (or not) names parents and celebrities come up with. A lot of these names I remembered from hearing them or seeing them on forums but I discovered some when I scattered the internet, too.

We can undoubtedly say that a lot of place names fit both sexes and can match numerous name styles: parents who want to celebrate the place where they (first) met, or married, a place they visited and kept a fond memory of or even the spot where their child was conceived… 🙂

A geographical name can also open a world of possibilities for a child and for parents who expect their child to be opened to the world, or even fearless and adventurous and maybe be a future globetrotter!

Here a (SOME) possibilities for an erudite traveler baby!

Adelaide, Australia

Ajax, Canada

Arizona 

Aspen, Colorado

Astoria, Oregon

Aurora, Ontario

Austin, Texas

(Santa) Barbara, California

Berkeley, California (or England)

Bluebell, Pennsylvania (or in Alabama but it’s a fictionnal setting in Hart of Dixie !)

Boston (in Massachussetts, New York and England)

Brooklyn, New York

Cairo, Egypt

Camden, England

(Grand) Canyon, Arizona

Carolina

Charlotte(town), Canada

Dakota, Wisconsin (and the U.S. state)

Dallas, Texas

Daphne, Alabama

Dayton, Ohio (and Virginia)

(San) Diego, California

Ellis (island), New York

Eugene, Oregon

Florence, Italy

(San) Francisco

George(town), Washington, D.C.

Georgia (U.S. state or European country)

Georgina, Ontario

Harley, Ontario

(New) Haven, Connecticut

Indiana(polis), Indiana

Jackson(ville), Florida

Kansas, Missouri

Logan, Ohio

London/Londyn/Landon/Landen, England – this name as so many variations coming from « London » obviously to fit a little boy, too ! It’s not surprising that this name isn’t a top choice in England unlike the U.S.

(San) Lorenzo, Paraguay

Louis(iana)

Madison – A lot of “-son” names have made it to the girl side and especially Madison with its “oh-so-lovely” Maddie nickname // Addison with Addie

Morgan (City), Louisiana

Paisley, Scotland

Paris, France

(São) Paulo, Brazil

(San) Pedro, Paraguay

Phoenix – even though I can’t be sure for this one if Phoenix as to do with the bird… (River Phoenix, actor, Phoenix Chi Brown, Melanie Brown’s daughter and Tammin Sursok’s baby girl, Phoenix Emmanuel) 

Pilar, Paraguay

Rio (de Janeiro), Brazil – this one is AMAZING, it’s short and sunny and bold!

Roma(n/e), Italy

Santiago, (San) Tiago, Chile (and Portugal)

Savannah, Georgia – really feminine and pretty

Sierra (Nevada), California (and Spain)

Victoria, British Columbia

Virginia 

A lot of my favorite names are place names if I had to “choose” I’ll probably pick one of these : Arizona, Astoria, Aspen, Brooklyn, Carolina, Charlotte, Diego, Georgia, Madison, Rio, Santiago or Tiago, Savannah and Victoria (girls win this place name game for me 🙂 ) These are my choices because they remind me of the summer, make me happy and think of pretty little boys and girls running free in the summer heat and beautiful colors!

What are yours?

See you soon!

Colorful names

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This time, lights on color names!

Naming your child one of the colors of the rainbow can be a lot of fun, the choices are numerous and quite stylish! Your cherub will bring even more joy into your life with a spunky, colorful name 🙂

(I’ll put “obvious” choices as well as variants and shades of colors. – names are in “color scheme”)

Auburn

Azul/Azula

Azure – perfect for a blue-eyed babe

Blake/Blakely – fair-haired or dark (!)

Blanche/Blanca/Bianca

Bordeaux

Blue – Beyoncé and Jay-Z paired this color with Ivy, the roman for their lucky number, 4 (IV)

Cattleya – this purple-ish name feels unexpected yet really pretty

Cerulean

Cyan

Coral – a name fitted for a head-to-toe girly girl 😉

Crimson – a brother to sister Scarlett for red-loving parents

Ebony

Grey/Gray – fit for an handsome gentleman (this name is gaining popularity since the release of the book Fifty Shades of Grey and its charismatic male character, Christian Grey). The “Gray” spelling can suit a little girl, too!

Indigo – Amazing name! The – o ending is sassy on a girl and Indie or even India can be nicknames to “tone it down”.

Ivory/Ivoire

Kelly – Meaning “war” and also a shade of green 

Kieran/Kiera/Kyra – little dark one

Lilac/Lilas

Magenta – Maggie is a possible nickname…

Melanie – dark, black. Mel, Laine or Lainey are nickname options.

Rainbow – the ultimate color name choice! Watch out, it makes a statement!

Rose – pink

Scarlett – Thanks to Gone With The Wind and Scarlett O’Hara, this color became a legitimate name! More recently, actress Scarlett Johansson made the name gain renewed popularity.

Titian

Vermilion – Vera or Millie are cute nicknames

Violet

I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

What are your favorite color names? Are you named after a color? Which one? Do you like it?

See you soon!

Virtue names

Hello readers! Here is another name post. This time, virtue names are under the spotlight.

These names are constantly used by parents on the middle name spot but they also can be nice as a first name! Parents hope the name will inspire their child to “live up” to it (even partially… :-)) but it can also be a burden when the name isn’t as wearable as Grace for example. So, without further ado, here are the virtue names I’ve selected for you:

Agnes/Ines – chaste 

Alethea – truth

Amity – friendship and harmony

Beatrix/Béatrice/Laetitia/Letizia/Carol (as in “Christmas Carols”) – happy, joy, gladness

Brave – courage

Bridget – strong

Charis/Charisse/Charys/Carys – grace, love

Charity

Chastity

Clarity

Clemence/Clementia

Concord

Constance

Ethel – noble

Faith

Felicia/Felix – happy, lucky

Grace

Hannah/Hanna/Ana/Anna – grace

Harmony

Honor

Hope

Jubilee

Justice

Loyal

Mercy

Merritt

Noble

Noor – light

Prudence

Sage – wise

Salome/Salomé/Shalom/Paz/Pace – peace

Serenity

Tahira – pure and chaste

Temperance – Tempy is a cute nickname

Trinity

True/Truly/Truely/Verity/Verdad

Valor

Virginia

P.S.: Grace, Hope, Faith and Sage are some of the most popular virtue name choices today. Justice is also getting some attention.

I hope you liked my post, feel free to comment! See you soon!

Botanical names

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Hello everyone !

This post features names that convey a botanical feel (flowers and trees, including some fruit trees, too!)

(You can click on each name to see a picture)

Acacia (tree + flower) – one of my ultimate favorites. The Ark of the Covenant was made of acacia wood. These trees last all year long and are symbolic for their strength and durability.

Amaryllis – When offered, chosen for its dramatic touch. Nicknames: Amy, Mary, Lys, Lizzy.

Azalea/Azalée – Symbol of abundance (Azalea Banks, singer) Nicknames: Lea, Azy, Zalea.

Camélia/Camellia – Symbolic for its graciousness (Camélia Jordana, singer)

Daffodil/Jonquille – Chivalry, courage, valiance.

Dahlia – Pretty choice, mysterious and feminine.

Daisy/Marguerite/Margaret/Margarida – Means “pearl”. Innocence. Airy, light

Fleur/Flora – Vintage and flowery but not frilly!

Gardenia – Joyful.

Hyacinth – Sincerity.

Iris – Inspiration.

Ivy – Symbol of fidelity (Ivy Sullivan, character on the tv-show 90210, The Next Generation)

Jasmin(e)/Yasmin(e) – Grace and elegance (Disney princess in Aladdin).

Juniper – Bolder alternative to June, Junia.

Lavender – Symbol of distrust (Lavender Brown, character in Harry Potter).

Lilac/Lilas – Offered to a first love.

Lily/Lillian/Susannah/Susana – A favorite in England and rightfully so! (Lily Collins, actress, Lily Cole, actress/model, Susannah Shakespeare, daughter of William Shakespeare).

Lotus – An unusual but nice pick (Lotus Elodie Spelling, Randy Spelling’s daughter)

Magnolia – dignity. Nicknames: Maggie, Nola (Magnolia Breeland, character on Hart of Dixie)

Maple – Really cute, has a vintage feel due to its similarity to retro Mabel and similarly-sounding, Fable.

Marigold – Goldie is a possible nickname

Orchid – Delicate beauty.

Poppy – Consolation (Poppy Montgomery, actress)

Primrose/Primevère – Nicknames: Prim, Rosie, Vera (Primrose Everdeen, Katniss’ sister in Hunger Games)

Rose – A timeless and tasteful choice.

Tigerlily – Bold choice maybe but the flower is REALLY pretty

Violet/Violette/Viola/Violetta/Ianthe – Means purple. Symbol of faithfulness

Willow – (Willow Smith, daughter of Will Smith, Willow Hart, Pink!’s daughter)

Zinnia – Different and feminine with its Z beginning and A ending.

BOYS:

Bodhi –  Tree of wisdom (Bodhi Ransom Green and Bodhi Rain Palmer, Megan Fox and Teresa Palmer’s newborn sons!)

Leif/Leaf – Leif makes the reference less “obvious” but both are beautiful for a little boy.

Sage/Saige – Unisex, good alternative to Paige

I hope you enjoyed reading my post. If you want to know more about the story behind a particular name, I’ll be glad to make a research for you.

Feel free to comment and share your personal favorites (and the reason why) or additionnal choices.

EDIT:

Clover – When a clover has four leaves, it brings luck. Why not for a fourth child or an amazing baby girl?
Cypress – Original nature name

Oakley – Unisex, the oak tree association provides a good nature name option

Heather – Symbol of admiration and good luck.

Bryony/Briony