UPDATE: They’re here! Kellie writes: Abby! Thanks to you and your readers for all the suggestions. Our girls arrived early, and spent some time in the NICU. Luckily, we were home before things started getting really crazy, and everybody is doing great.
Okay, the names: we really liked Margot, but thought it might too close to Marlowe. But then we decided it really didn’t matter, so baby A became Margot Blair. We narrowed it down to Daphne Laine or Phoebe Laine for her sister, and everyone agreed that Daphne Laine was perfect.
Our twin daughters will be here soon – due in early March, but I’ll be lucky to make it to Valentine’s Day! Because we’ve had so many scares with this pregnancy, we’ve been a little shy about choosing names. But it’s time now, and we need some help with our long, long, LONG list!
We have a son named Duncan Elliott M@d!s0n and a daughter named Colette Marlowe M@d!s0n. I don’t like frilly, but I’m not into names like Harper, either, at least not as first names.
We mostly agree on all of these, but choosing two that sound right has us stuck.
- Anouk – maybe just too out there?
- Carter – but don’t like the idea of one daughter having a boy name
- Edie (or maybe Eden, but not Edith)
- Ember – but we’re not outdoorsy AT ALL, so nature names feel a little try-hard, maybe?
- Iris – not sure about the way it sounds with our last name
- Lucia (but only pronounced loo-sha)
- Nola – almost Colette’s name, but I felt like Colette was more of a “real” name
- Persephone – but too much for us?
- Phoebe – but I think “Feebs” would bug me
- Vida/Vita – not sure if we like the spelling, but we like the sound
Please read on for my response, and leave your thoughtful suggestions in the comments.
Dear Kellie –
Congratulations on your new daughters!
Here’s my take on twin names: we say them together all. the. time. At least in early childhood. Yes, we say siblings’ names together, too – sometimes a lot. But twins, well … it’s different, I think. Because your girls will share so much, it’s important that their names feel balanced. And because they’ll often be said together, it’s good to think about how they sound as a set.
It seems like you have lots of options on your current list, so instead of adding new possibilities, I’m going to mix and match a few great combinations.
DAPHNE CARTER AND GEMMA LAINE
Because Duncan and Colette are two-syllable, nickname-proof names, I wonder if you’d like the same for these daughters? I love Daphne and Gemma together, two names that are slightly outside of the mainstream, but still familiar. And the middles – Carter and Laine – echo the surname-style middle Marlowe.
ESME ANOUK AND ZORA EDEN
Just like above, Esme and Zora are both two-syllable, nickname-proof names. Anouk is something of a wild card as a middle, while Eden feels a little more expected.
RORY SIMONE AND GWEN ELOISE
Rory and Gwen are both brisk, upbeat names with a lot of spirit. (I put them both on this list.) And Simone and Eloise both feel gently French.
MARGOT EMBER AND VERA LUX
I’d call Margot and Vera relatively traditional, while Ember and Lux are much more unconventional. It makes for a great name formula. Plus, I love the subtle link between fiery Ember and all the light of Lux.
BLAIR DAPHNE AND SLOANE PERSEPHONE
Blair and Sloane feel nicely paired, relatively uncommon choices, and both surnames. Daphne and Persephone both come from Greek myth, and have a fanciful, feminine appeal. The combinations are surprisingly, but well balanced.
LUCIA SABINE AND ANNIKA MAEVE
I love the idea of Lucia and Annika as sisters. They strike me as traditional picks with a twist – Lucia instead of the more popular Lucy or Lucille; Annika as an unexpected Ann- name. The middles are two from your list that feel nicely international – just like the firsts. Though it’s kind of a crazy quilt of pan-European name origins – but I think that’s why they work so well together.
I’m having a hard time narrowing it down to just one favorite set! I’ll go with Daphne Carter and Gemma Laine, if only because they seem like such a perfect parallel to Colette Marlowe.
But let’s open it up to the community, because I feel like there are so many great combinations possible.
Readers, what would you name twin sisters for Duncan Elliott and Colette Marlowe?
I’m late to comment but I love Maeve and Sabine together as firsts. Maeve goes really well with Duncan and Sabine with Colette to me. (Full disclosure, those two names are in our Top 3 for our girl due in June, so I could be a wee bit biased.) I also think Maeve and Nola or Maeve and Zora would be lovely too!
Iris and Juno (mithology)
Esme and Maeve (simple and sweet)
Margot and Sabine (French like Colette)
Ember and Gwen
Ada and Vera
Lucia and Isla (Isla isn’t on the list, but I think it goes well with the others)
You mention Nola not feeling like a real name, so what about Magnolia nn Nola?
You could do Nola and Juno for Magnolia and Juniper.
Rory Simone and Esme Anouk
Kirstin G says
What a great list! You have so many names that would go well together.
Ada and Iris, Annika and Gemma, Blair and Gwen, Anouk and Lux, Daphne and Eloise, Edie and Pippa, Ember and Esme, Juno and Margot, Laine and Maeve, Lucia and Persephone, Remy and Rory, Sabine and Sloan, Vera and Zelda, Zora and Vita
Ada Lux and Iris Anouk
Persephone Lane and Lucia Maeve
Edie Eloise and Pippa Daphne
Ember Blair and Esme Gwen
Jean C. says
Margot and Vera are my favorite of Abby’s suggestions.
I love the idea of Ada and Maeve together, and I think they sound great with Colette and Duncan.
Ada Lux and Maeve Carter.
Erin Beth says
I love the combination of Daphne & Gemma! It’s my favorite, but I also like the possibility of Phoebe & Maeve.
Anouk Rory & Vita Carter
I couldn’t read past Daphne Carter and Gemma Laine because I loved it so much! All the rest couldn’t compare. Congrats on your baby girls.
I’d choose Margot Simone and Sabine Eloise – they flow nicely and go so well with Colette.
Gemma Laine and Pippa Blair
Gemma Laine and Pippa Blair, so perfect!
Lots of great options. I vote for the classic Margot and Simone 🙂
I agree! I’d suggest Margot Laine and Simone Blair.
LOVE those together!
I like that there is a double letter in each current sibling, but not specifically the first name.
I love Gemma and Daphne with the sibset, but I’d pick:
If willing, I actually like:
the best though.
Daphne is probably my favorite of all the names on your list but I hate to repeat a first initial in a sibset. So, from Abby’s suggestions, Margot and Vera get my vote. Maybe Daphne could be middle name if you don’t use family middles?
The only names I don’t care for on your list are Ember, Persephone, Lux, Carter and Lucia (plus, think it’ll be mispronounced a ton).
Other faves are Phoebe, Laine, Blair, Gemma, Zelda and Remy. And I love Gwen but think it’s best as a nickname with Gwendolyn or Gwenyth.
With Colette and Duncan, the pairs I love the most are:
Margot and Phoebe
Gemma and Margot
Laine and Phoebe
Another option that sprang to mind is Ainsley. I esp love it with Duncan. Or perhaps Sybil or Meredith?
I agree, I LOVE Daphne Carter and Gemma Laine. I also think Blair and Sloane are great twin names and well paired with Duncan and Colette. I liked Rory and Gwen but it sounds very British Isles to me next to Colette.