Still looking for a name for twin 2. I really love the name Zara, and despite reservations because of the clothing shop I keep coming back to it. Somehow I think it sounds stronger and more fresh with Vivienne Gray (twin 1's name) than do our other choices like Felicity and Philippa.
So it sounds like this might not be the best option! I' not too fussy about the spelling, but do prefer the less frilly version--just didn't consider it as I thought it was the male version.
We'd probably call her Vivi for general use, if that makes a difference.
Don't want fashion twins! I guess I liked the combo of unusual consonants and don't really think of Zara as being particularly modern, but don't want something that sounds overly trendy--definitely want to veer more toward classics.
My mother was a Vivienne and I think it is a beautiful name. I also think ignore everyone - choose the names you like. Once they are here you will think "She is SUCH a Zara and she is SUCH a Vivienne"! Always seems to happen that way...
I like them both but I don't think they go together very well. Vivienne is more dramatic/poetic sounding. Zara is more quirky/exotic sounding.
Vivienne sounds like it should go with another long French sounding name (Madeleine, Emmeline, etc), or something more 'lady of the lake' (Eleanor, Yseult, Gwendoline/Gwendolyn (Guinevere/Gwynhyfar (sp?) Is probably a step too far lol)), or at least somewhat floaty scarf poetical (Cecilia, Valerie, Ophelia, Miranda, Beatrice)...
Have you thought of Zahrah? It's pronounced the same but is from the Koran, making it more of a "proper" name to go with Vivienne. You also remove the shop connotation. Think it means flower or blooming flower.