Having twins (or multiples of a greater magnitude) is fun, exciting and special. Another thing to consider is that you have to think of at least two boys names and two girls names. If one wants to give them two or more names, they will need to be good combinations, too. For a twin, a name is extra important. Their names can indicate their bond, or not. Names may be chosen that are very much alike or make a similar pairing.
By giving them names that are completely different, you can express that you see them as separate children and will raise them in that manner. Twins- identical twins in particular- are mistaken for one another even more often when their names are similar, as well. For the children themselves, it’s important that they can clearly hear the difference between their own name and that of their sibling.
In the case of twins, it’s very important not to give them names that start with the same letter. In our digital age, this will only cause confusion. Try not to choose combinations like Amber and Anna or Jason and Julian or Patrick and Patricia. Pick names that sound nice when combined and lend strength to one another, and possibly ( if you want to emphasize this) show in some small way that they belong together. They spent nine months together in the womb and will always experience a strong bond with each other. As their future parents,
it’s your task to go through the process of selecting their names thoroughly. It’s not advisable to follow in the footsteps of couples that have come up with such combinations as Ronald and Donald Duck, Storm and Wolf Deaver or Megan and Mason Mouse. The same goes for combos like Lawrence and Arabia, Tristan and Isolde, or Rainier and Gracia.
Twins aren’t interchangeable. They’re individuals, each with their own personality. In the case of identical twins especially, it’s important that this is being emphasized
by giving them a their ‘own’ names. Parents can instill a sense of self by giving different names.
It won’t interfere with their mutual bond; that will remain, no matter what. Also, beware of giving them names that start with the same letter.
Why Daniel, Melvin, Patrick, Nancy, Kelly and Lesley?
“In my family everybody has four names. My husband and his brother both have two names. We chose
to give our first child three names: his given name is Daniel. His middle and third names are Bradley
and Logan, respectively. It saves you from writing down an extra name when you have to fill out official
documents and we thought it was a good compromise. When I got pregnant again, we decided that our
new baby would have to have three names also, to avoid controversy.
It turned out we were expecting
twins and apart from Melvin and Patrick we came up with ten more names, (since we weren’t sure
what the sex of the babies were). Luckily, there were no doubts about their gender when I was
expecting triplets three years later. We knew it would be two girls and a boy. Three years later we were
astonished to find we were expecting triplets. We were told there would be two girls and a boy.
That spared us from coming up with all the extra names, but we still had to think of nine. We also
didn’t want them to start with the same letters, so it was quite a process. We found 24 names, total.”
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