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Twin Sisters: How Do You Celebrate Their Unique Connection When Choosing Names?

March 16, 2011 by Kimberly O'Bannon  
Filed under High Risk Pregnancy

What are the best names for twin sisters?

The options can be overwhelming.

When my husband and I found we were having identical twins in our quadruplet girls, we were faced with the same dilemma.

How to choose the right name?

How can we celebrate their uniqueness of being twins while not hampering their individuality?

We quickly realized it’s more than choosing a name for each child.

You need to think about whether or not you’re going to connect the names in any way.

And however you go about it, bear in mind that the two names you choose will share a connection in the minds of the people who know your children.

What are some options in choosing names for twin sisters?

twin sisters

1. Names connected like Faith and Hope–a popular choice.

Faith, Hope and/or Grace are popular combinations.

How do the above names sound to your ear?

Would you consider them for your own twins?

In 2009 the second most popular names for twin sisters in the United States were Faith and Hope.

2. Names with the same initial letter like Natalie and Nicole.

This is the most common way to connect twin sister names. It gives you the most options for names.

However, there can also be drawbacks to naming twin sisters with the same initial first letter.  I know for myself, I sometimes wish I had not used names with the same first letter because I am always getting the two names confused and not saying the correct one.

3. Names with the same initial letter plus same last letter or sound like Madison and Morgan.

Depending upon the names you choose, these can cause confusion.

Imagine two identical twin sisters Emma and Ella . . .

It’s hard enough to tell identical twins apart without also giving them nearly identical-sounding names.  Fraternal twins or even sisters who aren’t twins but are close in age can sometimes look almost identical to teachers and friends.

4. Names that rhyme like Gabriella and Isabella.

Names for twins can take inspiration from similar endings.

Chloe and Sophie is another combination that rhymes.

An added plus of rhyming names is it’s harder for an exhausted mom to confuse the names–unlike names that start with similar sounds!

5. Names that are anagrams like Amy and May.

Anagram names are ones where the letters are rearranged.

Reverse names are a special kind of anagram  Heaven and Nevaeh are examples that ranked number 7 in the U.S. in 2009.

This can be a very challenging name combination to find.

No matter which way you go in naming the twin sisters, you will want to let the girls know that they are individuals and unique in their own way.

One of the ways I am working on making all four of my girls more independent and feel special is

The “I AM a Gift to the World!” Challenge created by Chief Robert TallTree and Terri Lynn TallTree

It’s a challenge showing you how to tell people they’re important to you.  Anonymously!  And it can easily be used to show family and friends how much you — or your loved one — care about them.

It’s F-R-E-E — and FUN!  Plus there are some great prizes available!

Just click on the image or this link for more information . . .

To Your Abundant Life with Multiples,
Kimberly O’Bannon
Ambassador of Positive Parenting,
AKA MultiMommy


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