Name Help is a series at Appellation Mountain. Every week, one reader’s name questions will be discussed.
We’re relying on thoughtful comments from the community to help expectant parents narrow down their name decisions. Thank you in advance for sharing your insight!
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 [email protected]!s0n and a daughter named Colette Marlowe [email protected]!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?