Anagram Baby Names

Only if one of the babies was the evil twin of the other. :wink:

https://nameberry.com/nametalk/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3880

– [name]Nephele[/name]

No, I wouldn’t. I don’t mind it so much when the names are not so obviously anagrams, such as [name]Dolly[/name] and [name]Lloyd[/name] or [name]Caroline[/name] and [name]Cornelia[/name], but I think twins should be given completely distinct names, as they already get enough assumptions that they are some sort of unit.

There are several sets of fraternal twins in my family, including my brother and sister. I know they absolutely hated it growing up, because it was always “The twins and [name]Winnie[/name] (me) …”, and they never felt like they were treated as two people. If they had anagrammed names, I think it would have aggravated the problem even further.

I quite like twin names where they mean the same, but the connection is not obvious, for example [name]Nathaniel[/name] and [name]Dorothea[/name] (gift of God) or [name]Ormond[/name] and [name]Scarlett[/name] (red).

In [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s 12th night, which is about mistaken identity, the two female leads are [name]Olivia[/name] and [name]Viola[/name].

[name]Olivia[/name] and [name]Viola[/name] aren’t quite anagrams of each other. But [name]Shakespeare[/name] does appear to have played about with anagramming. The monstrous [name]Caliban[/name] in The [name]Tempest[/name] is not quite an anagram of “cannibal.”

Personally, I think I might go with a blanagram for a twin’s name, instead of an anagram. A blanagram offers more possibilities for naming, and doesn’t seem so obviously twinsy-cute.

For example: [name]Caroline[/name] & Lorainne

– [name]Nephele[/name]

[name]Olivia[/name] and [name]Viola[/name] aren’t quite anagrams of each other. But [name]Shakespeare[/name] does appear to have played about with anagramming. The monstrous [name]Caliban[/name] in The [name]Tempest[/name] is not quite an anagram of “cannibal.”

Personally, I think I might go with a blanagram for a twin’s name, instead of an anagram. A blanagram offers more possibilities for naming, and doesn’t seem so obviously twinsy-cute.

For example: [name]Caroline[/name] & Lorainne

– [name]Nephele[/name][/quote]

What is a blanagram?[/quote]

A blanagram is like an anagram, except that one letter has been substituted for another. Here’s a link to a Wiki article about blanagrams:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanagram

– [name]Nephele[/name]

[name]Nephele[/name] is the [name]Queen[/name] of Anagrams so you had better listen to her! I would not use anagrammed names for twins (unless you are writing a gothic novel or something), but I do quite like the idea of twins’ names being connected in some way - so meaning is a good connection perhaps.

[name]Ailsa[/name]
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I was playing at this a while ago. From https://nameberry.com/nametalk/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2388&p=25936&hilit=lisa+caroline+alison+claire#p25936:

From me:
[name]Emmeline[/name] [name]Aria[/name] & [name]Melanie[/name] [name]Marie[/name]
[name]Alicia[/name] [name]Marie[/name] & [name]Emilia[/name] [name]Ciara[/name] & [name]Erica[/name] [name]Maia[/name] Li
[name]Ivy[/name] [name]Ginevra[/name] & [name]Vivian[/name] [name]Grey[/name]
[name]Daniel[/name] [name]Adam[/name] & [name]Adda[/name] [name]Melanie[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Eleanor[/name] & [name]Arielle[/name] [name]Olena[/name]
[name]Lisa[/name] [name]Caroline[/name] & [name]Alison[/name] [name]Claire[/name] & [name]Ilsa[/name] [name]Cornelia[/name] &…this one could go on.
[name]Leah[/name] [name]Avery[/name] and [name]Vera[/name] [name]Haley[/name]
Nory [name]Isabel[/name] and [name]Elsa[/name] [name]Briony[/name]

From [name]Jemma[/name]:
[name]Aidan[/name] [name]Silas[/name] and [name]Nadia[/name] [name]Lissa[/name]
[name]Aron[/name] [name]Daniel[/name] and [name]Nora[/name] [name]Adelin[/name]
[name]Alice[/name] Rein and [name]Erin[/name] [name]Celia[/name]

If I liked the anagrams, then I might use them. I think it’s a cute idea.

[name]Dionne[/name] and [name]Ondine[/name]
[name]Briony[/name] [name]Dune[/name] and [name]Ruby[/name] [name]Ondine[/name]

Aw, thanks, [name]Ailsa[/name]! While I agree with all here that anagramming a single name makes for a sometimes too cute result for a real-life twin, I do like the idea of combining first and middle names in an anagram to produce a new set of first and middle names, which are not so apparently similar to the original set. As in these examples provided by Mnemosyne:

[name]Emmeline[/name] [name]Aria[/name] & [name]Melanie[/name] [name]Marie[/name]
[name]Leah[/name] [name]Avery[/name] and [name]Vera[/name] [name]Haley[/name]

As [name]Ailsa[/name] said, complementary meanings of names work well for twins, too, [name]IMO[/name].

– [name]Nephele[/name]

Yay! [name]Nephele[/name] likes my idea! :slight_smile:

[name]How[/name] about the rest of you? Any other opinion on fn-only anagrams ([name]Celia[/name] & [name]Alice[/name]) vs. fn/mn anagrams (Nory [name]Isabel[/name]/[name]Elsa[/name] [name]Briony[/name])?

[name]Alice[/name] [name]Eleanor[/name] & [name]Lea[/name] [name]Caroline[/name]

Why is it harder to come up with anagram names for boys? Does anyone know anything about the frequencies of letters in names for each gender?

[name]Aria[/name] [name]Michaela[/name] & [name]Amelia[/name] [name]Chiara[/name]
[name]Jesse[/name] [name]Tiernan[/name] & [name]Serena[/name] [name]Jestin[/name]
[name]Oliver[/name] [name]Declan[/name] & [name]Veronica[/name] [name]Dell[/name]
[name]Stephen[/name] [name]Elliot[/name] & [name]Estelle[/name] Tiphon
[name]Sophie[/name] [name]Jan[/name] & [name]Ian[/name] [name]Joseph[/name]
[name]Charles[/name] [name]Declan[/name] & [name]Lachlan[/name] Ceders

All the combination anagrams we have so far (minus the ones where it was just anagrammed fn + anagrammed mn):

Girl-Girl
[name]Emmeline[/name] [name]Aria[/name] & [name]Melanie[/name] [name]Marie[/name]
[name]Alicia[/name] [name]Marie[/name] & [name]Emilia[/name] [name]Ciara[/name]
[name]Ivy[/name] [name]Ginevra[/name] & [name]Vivian[/name] [name]Grey[/name]
[name]Leila[/name] [name]Eleanor[/name] & [name]Arielle[/name] [name]Olena[/name]
[name]Lisa[/name] [name]Caroline[/name] & [name]Alison[/name] [name]Claire[/name]
[name]Leah[/name] [name]Avery[/name] and [name]Vera[/name] [name]Haley[/name]
Nory [name]Isabel[/name] and [name]Elsa[/name] [name]Briony[/name]
[name]Briony[/name] [name]Dune[/name] and [name]Ruby[/name] [name]Ondine[/name]
[name]Alice[/name] [name]Eleanor[/name] & [name]Lea[/name] [name]Caroline[/name]
[name]Aria[/name] [name]Michaela[/name] & [name]Amelia[/name] [name]Chiara[/name]

Boy-Girl
[name]Jesse[/name] [name]Tiernan[/name] & [name]Serena[/name] [name]Jestin[/name]
[name]Oliver[/name] [name]Declan[/name] & [name]Veronica[/name] [name]Dell[/name]
[name]Stephen[/name] [name]Elliot[/name] & [name]Estelle[/name] Tiphon
[name]Sophie[/name] [name]Jan[/name] & [name]Ian[/name] [name]Joseph[/name]
[name]Daniel[/name] [name]Adam[/name] & [name]Adda[/name] [name]Melanie[/name]

Boy-Boy
[name]Charles[/name] [name]Declan[/name] & [name]Lachlan[/name] Ceders
[name]Lucas[/name] [name]Henry[/name] Salamer & [name]Charles[/name] [name]Samuel[/name] [name]Ryan[/name]

The only boy-boy ones really stretch it…

[name]EDIT[/name]: Forgot to mention – the pairs I could see myself considering are [name]Ivy[/name] [name]Ginevra[/name] & [name]Vivian[/name] [name]Grey[/name] and maybe [name]Leila[/name] [name]Eleanor[/name] & [name]Arielle[/name] [name]Olena[/name]. :slight_smile: