Post # 1
So Im currently pregnant with fraternal twins – and have yet to find out the genders. We have a REALLY hard time choosing names so we have already started brainstorming but havent come up with many options. Id love to hear opinions! So far we have come up with:
Other names that have been briefly thrown around: Dylan, Henry….
Mother-In-Law HATES Harrison, and says people are going to call him Harry… although I thought he would more so get Harris which I like. But its hard to name your kid something that a grandmother has said she hates so much 🙁
My other question is – do people expect you to name twins with names starting with the same inital? And if we do do that (like Caleb + Claire) do you think my son (Nathan) would feel left out?
Any other name suggestions that go with one that we have, or that go well with our sons name, Nathan?
Any suggestions or opinions appreciated!
Post # 2
I know a decent handful of twins, identical and fraternal, and most of them don’t have matching initials. This seems to be especially true with boy/girl pairs. Just pick names you like!
Post # 3
I’m just chiming in to say that I have twin sisters who share the same first initial and I do not and I don’t feel left out at all.
Also, I love Claire and Marie and Harrison and William. But, I also kind of like the nickname Harry so..
Post # 4
Oh gd pls don’t do Harrison and William! Harry and Will, the Royals. The rest are fab. Congrats!
Post # 5
lifeisbeeutiful : lol I dont know why I didnt think about that.. although william would be the middle name after a relative… We will not be using that as a first name!Thank you!
Post # 6
lifeisbeeutiful : Oh my goodness I did not even think about that!!
Post # 7
So one (relatively small) thing to think about whether to give them names with the same first letter is if you want to use their first initial to mark stuff to know whose is whose. I noticed this with a cousin and her kids at Christmas- she’s got 3 girls who are relatively close in age who sometimes will get the same gifts from family members and they all know once they open them to make sure they bring them to mom so she can mark them somewhere with a Sharpie with their first initial. (Sure, you could do this with first and middle but first would be easier!) I think with twins having separate letters for first names can help them establish more individuality.
For actual names themselves- love the ones you have. (I actually really like Harrison but my D.H. vetoed it. Boo.) Names (straight from my own list) that I think would go with your style:
Clara (obvs would not be also able to use Claire with this one!)
Post # 8
I like Clara instead of Claire as Marie + Claire makes me think of the magazine.
Post # 9
I really dislike twins (or siblings in general) who start with the same letter, seems too matchy to me.
I like Maya Catherine and I like Harrison, but I don’t think William sounds good after it. William John would be nice.
Post # 10
I don’t like matching names for twins either. I love pretty much all your options! Congrats on the twins!
Post # 11
Congratulations!!! I am only 4 weeks pregnant, but pretty sure it’s twins (transferred two embryos with IVF and having strong symptoms early and strong positives super early). Anyway, my wife and I knew this would be a possibility if we transferred two and so we discussed names. Neither of us really liked the matchy names and just chose names based on what we liked. We have 2 top boy names and 2 top girl names. So whatever combo we get, we will just use our top name of each sex if it’s b/g, or both top of the same sex.
My brother’s kids have similar style names to the ones you’ve listed: Clara, Bronwyn (she goes by Wynnie), and Wade. They almost named Wade Henry. Just thought I’d throw those names out there for you. Congrats!! Your names are great.
Post # 12
Don’t worry about what Mother-In-Law thinks of a name, it will grow on her as your baby grows up. When we picked my daughters name my parents had never heard of it (Carys) but they love it now because it suits her perfectly. Harrison is a strong name and i’ve never known a Harrison be given the nickname Harry but you could just correct people if they shortened it and you didnt like it. Of your names I love Harrison, Henry and Claire. I’ve never known twins with matching initials but I think Caleb and Claire sound fine together.
I do recommend though that you keep a short list of favourite names and see how you feel about them when your twins are born. I’ve had so many friends pick a name and change their mind after the birth because another name ‘just felt right’.
Post # 13
I have a Henry, so I vote for Henry. Of the ones you mentioned I like Claire for a girl. If we had a girl she would have been Alice so that’s another suggestion.
I’ve only ever known Harrison to be shortened to Harry, but that’s not to say you couldn’t have him go by Harris if you wanted to.
Post # 14
I like the ones you have listed. I wouldn’t NN Harrison Harry automatically. My son is Andrew and only goes by Andrew with no nickname.
I would, however, intentionally avoid giving “matchy” names or same initials.
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2018 - England
NMom17 : i like Maya & Catherine and harrison & William. If it’s any help I am a fraternal twin and my name is Emily and my twin is Katherine, but everyone calls her Kate.