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Unusual names for twin girls?

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Kiddi Sun 16-Aug-09 16:40:32

Trying to help sis come up with names for her twins, preferably starting with the same letter.

My ideas (below) are a little unusual but I am actually beginning to wonder if they are safer bets than her choices!!!!

Clarissa/Cecilia
Elysia / Evelyn
Marissa/Monique
Napia/ Narissa
Octavia / Ophelia
Taliah / Tawnie
Violet / ?

Other suggestions welcome, she is after uncommon but well matched names

KembleTwins Sun 16-Aug-09 16:54:42

Why on earth does she want to call them "matching" names? They're individuals, not a pair! Poor little things - twins get treated as novelty acts enough without their parents getting in on it.

dizietsma Sun 16-Aug-09 16:58:50

Has she considered the two siblings with identical initials problem? Agree with Kemble, they wont thank her for matching them, names or anything else.

MamaMimi Sun 16-Aug-09 17:24:03

Raine/Rowan ?

elmofan Sun 16-Aug-09 17:34:21

lea /ella

MamaLazarou Sun 16-Aug-09 17:43:24

Would agree with KembleTwins. Twins get treated as one unit far too much as it is: being dressed the same, receiving one birthday card between them, addressed to 'The twins', etc. I'd go with two individual names for two individual children.

lal123 Sun 16-Aug-09 17:46:33

having the same initial with the same date of birth and same gender will be a nightmare for them when they are older

hocuspontas Sun 16-Aug-09 17:46:56

If they have to be the 'same' how about virtues?

Hope/Joy
Constance/Patience
Faith/Grace

etc

Agree about same letter hmm

pooka Sun 16-Aug-09 17:47:55

I personally think that avoiding same initials in dcs, especially twins who will be same age and presumably at school together, same year and all, is a good thing.

I just remember the confusion that arose when I was older and living at home, sharing initial with my mother, both of us Ms S XXXX. Given that I started having smear tests at 16, and she had various official letters, we had to be quite open about things wink. And that's even with us having numerous middle names - many companies/corporations/organisations just don't seem to use middle initials. Bank statements - free for all. Exam results - no privacy. That kind of thing.

cheesesarnie Sun 16-Aug-09 17:51:40

i agree with not using same letter.tis confusing as hell!

how about ivy/hollygrin
charlie(charlotte)/lolagrin

or if you must do same letters id go for coco and chanel dahling

excuse me im in an odd mood

hippipotamiHasLost55lbs Sun 16-Aug-09 17:59:50

Definately not the same letter, they are two little seperate girls, not a circus act wink

A mum at dd's school has two gorgeous twin dd's. Their names are similar but not the same initial: Freya and Maya. Go together but not too samey - lovely smile

merryandmad Sun 16-Aug-09 18:11:27

I have an identical twin sister with the same initial.

We have had the same problems identified above, my siter actually went into our bank because she'd locked her keys into the car. She did not have any ID on her but because she knew all the security questions- mothers maiden name, d.o.b etc, she was given cash out of my account by accident. It was only later that she realised.

We do get mixed up, but it is more the name people mix up, rather than the person IYSIM.

Having said all this however, I quite like our names, as they are the same, but different- just like us.

We are Rebecca & Rachel.

LilyBolero Sun 16-Aug-09 18:14:35

Definitely go for different initial!

Good pairs of names;

Erica/Heather (same meaning)
Hannah/Grace
Ophelia/Ariane
or if she's really set on matching the initial what about Caroline and Cornelia (anagram)
Celia/Alice (I like that one)
biblical
Rachel/Leah
Naomi/Ruth
or if you like literary ones
Katy/Clover
Jane/Elizabeth (Bennet)
Anne/Diana

WinkyWinkola Sun 16-Aug-09 18:22:45

Celia and Alice is smashing.

Kiddi Sun 16-Aug-09 18:35:42

FAb advice, it was my idea about the matching initials as they are identical, but the daft thing is my hubby and his 3 siblings start with D which I thought was stupid!
My DH and DC all have middle names starting with J which was more by luck than planning until the last one, which is where the mad idea came from.

Kiddi Sun 16-Aug-09 18:42:13

thanks merryandmad, being a rebecca who grew up being called rachel by teachers, parents friends etc, yours really hit home with the name thing.
lilybolero, she likes Ophelia and Eve but that seems too dissimliar, think she may like Ariane tho.
They had a hard year so the name thing is big thing to cheer up littlies and prob why it all seems to contrived/twee.

Glynne Sun 16-Aug-09 18:43:18

I don't think having the same intials will be quite the calamity some are claiming here, it may merely be occasionally inconvenient.

Personally I think matching the first letters is a bit twee, but you didn't ask for my opinion and I do agre that twin names need to 'go' together in some way.

How about:

Antonia and Claudia?

Elizabeth and Victoria?

Athena and Diana?

Mary and Martha?

Boudiccea and Ethelreda?!

names I like form your list were:

Cecelia (love this!)
Evelyn
Octavia

Kiddi Sun 16-Aug-09 18:51:34

Glynne
daren't tell her the boddiccea pair, her choices are all like that!
we all love Cecilia but know a very special 4 year old called Celia so it popular but awkward really

Tortington Sun 16-Aug-09 18:53:14

yes, avoid the novelty

also please remember that one day they will recieve letters

Ms. N. Kiddi

which N. kiddi would that be?

MaggieBeauLeo Sun 16-Aug-09 18:55:52

Match the styles, but don't have similar names.

I heard of twins called Coco and Cora which struck me as the worst possible combination imaginable. STylistically unsimilar, but yet, similar sounding. MAD.

Dulcie & Hazel
Mabel & Lois
Maggie & Susie
Madison & Bailey

merryandmad Sun 16-Aug-09 19:02:04

There is one lady at work who always calls me Rachel aswell. hmm

We have lots of twins in our family, would recommend if your sister does go with the same first initial, to definatley have different middle initials though. (I was Twin 2 at the dentist for many years coz they always got us mixed up)

When my sister was little, she wanted twin girls called Milly & Molly- now i think that is a little bit twee.

Also have you thought about having same initials, but perhaps names that are nicknamed with different initials. That way if they do find it a little bit confusing or a mouthful they can use different names eg. Elizabeth (Beth) and Elouisa (Lou) for when they are a bit older and want there own personality to come oout a bit more.

pasturesnew Sun 16-Aug-09 19:10:53

Agree same letter & too similar is daft, have got friends who are sisters Rebecca and Rachel and Chloe and Zoe and they would prefer not to be so matchy-matchy!

I like having themes though.

Some ideas:
Violet / Rose / Lily / Ivy / Holly
Constance / Grace / Joy
Eve and Marie
Marissa (star of the sea) and Stella
Lucy (light) and Claire (can also mean light)
Angela or Angelie and Seraphina
Cecilia (patron saint of music) and Allegra, I would also say Cadence but that's the same letter
Ruby / Gemma / Amber / Jade

pasturesnew Sun 16-Aug-09 19:11:47

Just saw you can't use Cecilia, so Allegra and Cadence then.

pasturesnew Sun 16-Aug-09 19:18:09

This might be a good pair:
Penelope (as in Odysseus) and Helen (as in of Troy)

Kiddi Sun 16-Aug-09 19:18:12

pastures new.
like loads, gonna cut and paste your comment to her!

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